Arizona Cardinals: NFL Salary Cap To Make a $10 Million Jump


November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) blocks during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

You view this as good news or bad news if you’re an Arizona Cardinals fan.  The NFL is raising the salary cap and quite significantly I might add.  The NFL is going to raise the limit by about $10 million over 2013 to $133 million.  For salary cap challenged teams, like the Cards, this could be a good thing.

Of course this could also be a bad thing if you go out and over spend for a guy.  In free agency, that’s an easy thing to do, especially if you are looking for that one guy to put you over the top at a need position.  Say a guy like OT Branden Albert?

If the Cards choose wisely out on the market with both their own free agents and others, then they may be able to get significant upgrades in a couple of different positions.  Offensive line needs to be looked at first.  Linebacker Karlos Dansby is a priority as well.  Then there is re-working contracts, say someone like Patrick Peterson.  There are a lot of considerations.  The $10 million certainly helps no doubt.  The winners though will be the ones that use the extra cap space wisely.  Just because you have it doesn’t mean you need to use it.  You also have to consider the future.