The National Football League will release the league-wide salary cap numbers to the 32 teams by the end of the week, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.
La Canfora adds that the figures could be released by close of business today and that the number is expected to be close to the $120.375 million figure from 2011.
Clubs had the option to carryover unused cap room from last year to create their "adjusted cap number", but the league-wide cap number does affect the franchise tag numbers, which are now calculated by determining the percentage of the salary cap each position's franchise tender has represented over the last five seasons.
The franchise tag projection ranges I did for Football Outsiders -- Offense, Defense -- were based on the league-wide cap remaining the same $120.375 million figure and maxing out at the $125 million league-wide cap example that was used in the collective bargaining agreement document. Now that we're fairly certain that the figure won't be increase by much, the lower tag is the more applicable guideline.
Restricted free agent tenders are also scheduled to increase by the percentage in which the salary cap increases, but there is a minimum increase of 5 percent and a maximum increase of 10 percent. The salary cap will not increase by five percent, so we know that the tenders will be worth $1.26 million (Original Round/ROFR), $1.927 million (Second Round) and $2.742 million (First Round), as I reported the day after Super Bowl XLVI.