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NFL Salary Cap expected to increase again, possibly to $156 million in 2016

The NFL Salary Cap continues to move upward on a year-to-year basis, and the projected number recently was raised another $2 million dollars due to an error by the NFL and the new CBA.

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The NFL salary cap continues to be ratcheted up on a yearly basis.

In 2015 the salary cap was set at $143.8 million dollars, and the early rumors of the 2016 salary cap had the number reaching over $150 million dollars -- $154 million to be exact.

However, due to a small loophole found by the NFLPA and an arbitrator in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners, that projected $154 million could be inflated to $156 million dollars.

This all stems from the revenue pool that was due to go to players, but wasn't given by the NFL owners. "They created an exemption out of a fiction, and they got caught," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told the Wall Street Journal.

While most fans might scoff at a mere $2 million dollars, if that is even possible, in the grand scheme of things this gives several teams more space, and freedom, to sign not only their 2016 rookie class, but also to try and bring in free agents to help their team next season.

There are three teams who's salary cap situation is already over $150 million dollars. Those are the Miami Dolphins, the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills. The extra $2 million will also go a long way with a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers who could use the wiggle room to possible bring in a player who could be the difference with a very talented team next season.