The most recent collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams are required to spend 89% of the salary cap in cash over two four-year periods (2013-16 and 2017-20).
If teams don’t comply, the difference must be paid to the NFL Players Association, which can split the money how it sees fit.
The NFLPA said that almost one-third of the 32 NFL teams don’t meet the requirement with the spending cash limit.
The Carolina Panthers (80.8%), New York Jets (81.16%), Jacksonville Jaguars (82.2%), Dallas Cowboys (82.6%), New England (82.7%), New Orleans Saints (86.2%), Washington Redskins (87%), New York Giants (87.9%) and Pittsburgh Steelers (88.3%) are the other teams that spent less than required.
The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons were two of the top spending teams in 2013 and 2014. The Packers qualified for the playoffs both seasons, while the Falcons have missed the postseason in each of the last two years.
The league’s salary cap for next season won’t be known until the new league season begins next month. Last year’s salary cap was $133 million and is expected to increase by $5 million to $10 million for the 2015 season.
- Scooby Axson