Getlin reports that the NFL's salary cap should reach "at least" $155 million for the 2016 season. That represents an increase of nearly $12 million over last year's figure, $143.28 million. Using the salary numbers from OverTheCap.com, that leaves Green Bay with approximately $25 million in cap space for next season.
The difference shouldn't change the Packers' offseason plans drastically. They still hope to lock down one or more of their starting offensive linemen with soon-to-expire contracts to long-term deals, re-sign kicker Mason Crosby and perhaps agree to terms with starting nose tackle B.J. Raji and edge rushers Nick Perry and Mike Neal. The extra financial resources may allow the team to make a more competitive offer than it otherwise would.
In other words, don't expect general manager Ted Thompson and his front office to make a run at one of the premier free agents on the market.