NFL anounces salary cap; free agency starts Tues­day

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

NEW YORK | The NFL salary cap for 2012 is $120.6 mil­lion, barely above last year’s fig­ure.

The league in­formed the 32 teams Sun­day that the cap has gone up by $225,000. All teams must be un­der the cap by Tues­day, when free agency be­gins.

If a club has salary cap room re­main­ing at the end of the sea­son, it can carry it over to 2013 as long as it no­ti­fies the NFL by the day be­fore the 2012 sea­son ends.

Un­re­stricted free agents can sign with a team be­gin­ning Tues­day through July 22 or the open­ing day of the first train­ing camp, which­ever is later.

Re­stricted free agents can sign un­til April 20. Fran­chise play­ers have un­til Nov. 13 to sign — if he hasn’t he must sit out the sea­son.

Quar­ter­back Pey­ton Man­ning is the big­gest un­re­stricted free agent on the mar­ket. The four­time league MVP re­leased by the Colts al­ready has met with Den­ver Bron­cos of­fi­cials, and was meet­ing with Ari­zona Car­di­nals of­fi­cials Sun­day.

Among other top free agents are wide re­ceiver Mar­ques Col­ston and All-pro guard Carl Nicks of the New Or­leans Saints, quar­ter­back Matt Flynn of the Green Bay Pack­ers, and de­fen­sive end/line­backer Mario Wil­liams of the Hous­ton Tex­ans. For fran­chise-tagged play­ers, the salary for a one-year con­tract for quar­ter­backs is $14.436 mil­lion.

Next high­est is de­fen­sive end at $10,605,000, with cor­ner­back at $10,281,000.

Wide re­ceiver is at $9,515,000 and run­ning back is at $7,742,000.

Among the 21 fran­chise play­ers this sea­son — the most ever — are wide re­ceiver Wes Welker and run­ning backs Ray Rice and Matt Forte.

Man­ning

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