Most discussions of free agency over the past few months have involved some estimation of how much money NFL teams will be able to spend this offseason. Now it appears they finally have a definitive number. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the salary cap has been set at $143.28 million for the 2015 season.
Of course, that figure is the unadjusted salary cap. Teams can roll over unused space from the previous year to reach a higher number. For the Green Bay Packers, that works out to an adjusted cap of $151,471,106 per the NFLPA, or about $33 million in unused cap space. That money could potentially go new deals for Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga and the team's other free agents as well as its upcoming draft class.
This marks the second time since the new CBA was enacted in 2011 that the cap has taken a significant one-year jump. After several years of flat increase, the cap spiked to $133 million in 2014, an improvement of $10 million from the previous season.
What the Packers do with their cap space remains to be seen. However, the most likely outcome is reinvestment in the players already on the roster.