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NFL sources told ESPN Thursday that the league will raise the 2014 salary cap to about $130 million, from the $123 million figure it was in 2013 and what might be about $4 million more than was expected.

It's hard to say why there was such a jump, but I do wonder if the recently announced CBS Thursday night football deal could have something to do with it.

What does that mean for the Jets? They already have a high amount of cap room so the difference between $45 million and almost-$50 million would be less important to a team like the Jets than it would to a team who is closer up against the cap. Teams like the Cowboys, Broncos, Lions and others who might have had less leeway to sign top players heading to free agency (or were working with players on deals that were likely to get torn up in the next few weeks) will have that much more room to work with ... it could be the difference for a team like the Broncos being able to re-sign a player like Eric Decker to a deal with the frontloading for which he would be looking.

Tags: NYJets , Brian Bassett
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