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Updated: February 28th, 2013 6:38pm
NFL sets salary cap at $123M; Vikings slightly above median in space

NFL sets salary cap at $123M; Vikings slightly above median in space

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The NFL finally has set its salary cap, and it's higher than previous projections suggested.

Agents were notified on Thursday night the cap will be $123 million -- up nearly 2% from $120.6 million in 2012, though still down from $127.997 million in 2009, the last capped year under the old collective-bargaining agreement.

The Vikings are just above the league median in cap space, according to sources with knowledge of the numbers. They're a little more than $14.2 million under their adjusted cap for 2013, pending any additional accounting before the league year begins on March 12.

They have about $118 million in current cap commitments to their "Top 51" and only $418,532 in dead money. They carried over a little more than $8 million in unused cap space from 2012 and have another $1.643 million credit from the Redskins/Cowboys penalties last year.

Releasing receiver Michael Jenkins before he's due a $2.425 million roster bonus on March 16 would clear another $3.25 million in cap space.

The Vikings also could pursue restructured contracts with defensive tackle Kevin Williams, cornerback Antoine Winfield and end Jared Allen, whose $17,063,956 cap number is one of the largest in the NFL.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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