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Salary cap expected to exceed previous $130M figure

Good news for cap-strapped franchises league-wide.

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the salary cap is expected by most to climb north of the $130 million figure discussed last week and well above the previously projected $126.3 million for 2014, according to team and union sources.

The NFL and NFL Players Association are in talks Tuesday to set the cap, which three sources pegged as more than $130 million. One team told Breer it expected the cap to be closer to $129 million.

We think immediately of Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman, who repeatedly at the combine called the Panthers a "cap-strapped" club with minimal wiggle room to re-sign its own players, much less anyone else's.

"We don't have a choice," Gettleman said, bemoaning the cap's slow growth. "What hasn't happened yet is the agents and the players don't understand that the money isn't there the way it used to be."

At least a little more of that money will be available to Gettleman and other financially challenged general managers in 2014.

On the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys talk about the Jim Harbaugh drama in San Francisco and discuss who made the most striking impression at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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