by JJ Cooper
Thanks to the NFL's most recent television deal, very few teams have had trouble in recent years getting under the salary cap. But it should become even easier in 2009 now that the league has announced that the cap will be $127 million this year, $4 million higher than what was expected.
The teams had been told to expect the cap to rise to $123 million, up from $116.2 million in 2008. That was already a big enough bump that most teams were millions under the cap. Even before the recent wave of cuts and Brett Favre's retirement, only six teams had more than $120 million in cap commitments. Now, nearly every team in the league will have millions to spend even after setting aside money for their draft picks. In the case of the Chiefs, they have more than $40 million in cap room.
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