The National Football League salary cap could top the $200m mark for the first time in 2020, with a projected range between $196.8m to $201.2m, according to multiple reports.
There is a strong chance the cap will rise by at least $10m for the seventh consecutive year, with the 2019 salary cap at $188.2m. It also means projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.7bn next year.
Clubs were given the estimate for the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement as NFL owners gathered for meetings in the Dallas area. The final cap total will be revealed in February.
Negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over a new CBA are ongoing, and it is believed a new deal could be agreed before the end of next season. A 17-game regular season is part of the talks.
The cap was $120.4m in the first year of the current CBA in 2011. It has increased roughly 65 percent since then.