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NY Jets’ cap space increases after NFL announces 2024 salary cap

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The NFL’s salary cap has significantly increased

Business is booming for the NFL in 2024.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the salary cap number for the 2024 NFL season is set at $255.4 million per team.

Compared to last season, the new number is a $30 million increase per team and a 13.6% increase from the previous year. Pelissero said the increase was due to “the full repayment of all amounts advanced by the clubs and deferred by the players during the Covid pandemic as well as an extraordinary increase in media revenue for the 2024 season.”

ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that the cap number was previously expected to be around $240-245 million. With the unprecedented increase, teams have more money to spend and could make bigger splashes in the free agency market.

The Jets are one of many teams who will have more freedom than expected. Previously having a small amount of cap space, the Jets now have just over $15 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap. This is before any additional cap maneuvers, such as cuts and restructures.

In addition to the cap numbers, the franchise and transition tag numbers were officially released in a memo sent to all 32 teams.

From a strictly Jets perspective, seeing how the cap increase affects their off-season plans will be very interesting.

The team has more money to potentially keep Bryce Huff, who has been vital to the team’s pass rush. Targeting free agents in areas of need, such as wide receiver and offensive line, is now easier due to their extra maneuverability.

It is exciting to think about what free agency holds in store, especially with the increased cap space for the Jets. How Joe Douglas and company proceed remains to be seen, but there is now even less of an excuse for the team to make considerable improvements this offseason.

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
2 months ago

They turned alot of contracts last year from basic to heavily bonused, guaranteed and void years added.
They may as well do it with the rest of the players making good money.
Mosely is at the top. They should be able to double that $15 if not get it to $35+.
Downside is other teams will also have more money and will have an advantage if thier starting point wasn’t as low as the Jets.
However they do it, draft or free agency they need 2 recievers. TE Bowers is a risk but a good risk if there.
They also need two starting linemen and 3 backups. Say Fant, Ezra Cleveland and McGovern.
If they move Tippman and AVT to G and RT they can go after Connor McGovern as centers are usually cheaper than tackles or guards.