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2018 NFL salary cap is officially set

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We now know how much the Cowboys will have to spend in 2018.

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There has been a lot of anticipation, speculation, and projection concerning exact what the salary cap figure will be for the NFL in 2018. End it all! The information has arrived.

$177.2 million dollars. Say that five times fast.

Earlier in the day on Monday the Cowboys officially franchise tagged DeMarcus Lawrence, giving him a cap hit north of $17M this season. Outside of Lawrence, Tyron Smith, Dez Bryant, Travis Frederick, and Sean Lee are the only players in the double digits (of millions).

OverTheCap.com had the Cowboys listed as having $17.5M in salary cap space prior to the Lawrence news, so there’s that. Free agency begins next week so we’ll have to see what money can be found. The Cowboys could still work out a long-term deal with Lawrence before the July 15th deadline that could bring down his cap hit.

Keep in mind that the Cowboys still have two big decisions to decide on (assuming Dez Bryant is staying). What type of tender David Irving will receive, and Zack Martin’s eventual long-term deal, will both have ramifications that bounce some numbers up.