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    What Does NFL’s $208M Salary Cap Ceiling for 2022 Mean for Cowboys?

    Yesterday the NFL and the announced their agreement on a salary cap “ceiling' for 2022 of $208.2 million. What does this figure, a potential major increase over previous projections, mean for the now and next season?

    You've probably already seen articles about Dallas having one of the worst cap situations in the league for 2022. Doom and gloom projections that showed the Cowboys anywhere from roughly $24-$34 million over the cap have cycled since QB got his massive new deal last March.

    Hopefully you've also seen the work of various Cowboys writers explaining that the team has several ways to deal with that problem. There is a lot of room in Dak's contract, plus those of WR , DE , G , and others for restructuring and creating sufficient salary cap space to get back in the black in 2022.

    Plus, if needed, the Cowboys can make some business decisions on the contracts of LB , CB , and some other potential cap casualties next year.

    All of this was before yesterday's news about the $208.2 cap ceiling. The recent “cap hell” projections were based on a 2022 salary cap of around $192.5 million; a $10 million increase from the official 2021 figure of $182.5 million.

    The NFL's salary cap has generally gone up by about $10-$11 each year for a while now. 2021 saw it go down due to lost revenues in 2020 from the pandemic, and projections for 2022 were understandably conservative.

    But after inking significant new television deals and projecting a return to full stadium attendance in 2021, the league appears to be recovering nicely. However, with some of this still left to be seen, that's why the $208.2 million is only a “ceiling” and not an official cap number at this time. The actual amount won't be declared until probably sometime next March.

    No matter what the 2022 salary cap finally turns out to be, the Cowboys will still have one of the highest amounts of contract commitments of all 32 teams. But if the cap comes in closer to that $208.2 million than the $192.5 projection, that's a big chunk of the deficit wiped away for Dallas.

    That means less restructuring, less need for cap casualties, and less excuses for to be miserly in .

    While the focus is on 2022, the news could still have some bearing this season as well. It may allow the Cowboys to not be as focused on creating rollover cap space and perhaps impact 2021 roster decisions.

    Going back to March, the assumption that the league's 2021 revenue and, by extension, the 2022 salary cap would bounce back has always been there. You could see the writing on the wall in how Dallas structured Prescott's contract and positioned itself strategically for the coming years.

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    For some, yesterday's news is more a confirmation than information. Whatever the case, it's a positive step for the Dallas Cowboys and indicates that their salary cap situation in 2022 won't be nearly as bad as advertised.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    siempre44

    The Boys did not restructure Lawrence or Cooper and so plan to move on from them.. Those 2 plus JSmith count almost 65 million of the 2022 cap and the Boys have already drafted replacements for Cooper and JSmith. Lawrence is a good starter but not worth anywhere near 27 million that is his 2022 cap.

    MrCowboy

    Lawrence has sucked balls since he signed the big contract. The first season the excuse was he wasn’t really ready to play by the opening of the season because he waited for needed surgery until after he got paid. Last year he blew chunks because, well, he was too busy on Twitter basking in his “ Hot Boyz “ persona.

    redsoxu571

    Can we put away the unjustified comment about needing excuses to be “miserly” in free agency? Staying out of outside FA spending is by default a GOOD idea, backed up by loads of historical evidence. That doesn’t make it wrong to try some major FA moves, but the odds are always against such moves. FA spending is what requires a good excuse, not staying out of it, and it’s arrogant to imply any criticism of an executive or team that restrains itself from the siren’s call.

    mikeyt7777

    It means Dak was right to use his leverage and negotiate a contract at fair market value.

    Joe Mondelli

    Now maybe they can sign Micheal Gallup to a long term contract