The National Football League announced Monday that the salary cap for the 2022 season will be set at $208.2 million.
The $25.7 million increase from 2020 is the largest single-year jump in the salary cap era.
The jump is set high, but it’s not a shocker with the cap decreasing by $15.7 million last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free agency period begins March 14, so expect to see more franchise tags and cuts before the period hits.
The rest of important dates for this month can be found below:
|Mar. 1-7||NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.|
|Mar. 8||Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.|
|Mar. 14-16||During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 14 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 16, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2021 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 16.|
|During the above two-day negotiating period, a prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials (excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations.|
|No prospective unrestricted free agent is permitted to execute a contract with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 16.|
|Mar. 16||The 2022 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.|
|The first day of the 2022 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 16. Clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 16.|
|Mar. 16||Trading period for 2022 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2021 contracts.|
|Mar. 27-30||Annual League Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida.|
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