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NFL salary cap increases to $123.9 million

Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures to fans before a

Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures to fans before a game between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 5, 2012) (Credit: AP)

The NFL informed teams that the salary cap for 2013 will be set at $123.9 million per team after accounting of league revenues, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

It’s a relatively slight – but definitely welcome – increase over the 2012 figure of $120.6 million and the 2011 cap number of $120.375.

The Jets cleared $30.8 million in cap savings this month by releasing Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Jason Smith, Eric Smith and Josh Baker (injured). And in an effort to further clear cap room, new general manager John Idzik is expected to try to restructure Santonio Holmes’ deal ($11.25 million in 2013, including $7.5 million in guaranteed money).

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Brian McIntyre, here are the “non-exclusive” franchise and transition tags for the 2013 season (based on the new salary cap figure per team):

Quarterback
Franchise: $14.897 million
Transition: $13.069 million

Running Backs
Franchise: $8.219 million
Transition: $6.97 million

Wide Receivers
Franchise: $10.536 million
Transition: $8.867 million

Tight Ends
Franchise: $6.066 million
Transition: $5.193 million

Offensive Line
Franchise: $9.828 million
Transition: $8.71 million

Defensive Tackles
Franchise: $8.45 million
Transition: $7.039 million

Defensive Ends
Franchise: $11.175 million
Transition: $9.151 million

Linebackers
Franchise: $9.619 million
Transition: $8.359 million

Cornerbacks
Franchise: $10.853 million
Transition: $9.095 million

Safeties
Franchise: $6.916 million
Transition: $6.001 million

Kickers/Punters
Franchise: $2.977 million
Transition: $2.7 million

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