5 NFL Free Agents Benefiting From the New Salary Cap

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The NFL’s free agency period opened up with the largest salary cap in league history: $133 million. That’s over an 8 percent increase from last year’s cap ($123 million), the biggest single season jump since 2006, when it leapt from $85.6 million to $102 million. With free agency underway as of the March 11, the newest crop of unrestricted free agents are going to be the recipients of a healthy windfall.

Talking to Bloomberg, one-time Colts President and ESPN analyst Bill Polian suggested that, historically, large cap increases have been accompanied by more big-money free agency signings than other years. “System fit will determine the market. People are getting better at realizing that,” Polian said. “More and more people are being pretty selective in who they pursue.”

With the NFL still shaking from the repercussions hoisted on the Cowboys and the Redskins during the uncapped 2010 season, this cap increase makes free agency more exciting than before. Here are five unrestricted free agents looking at larger paydays as a result of the cap announcement.

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