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REPORT: NFL Salary Cap Could Increase by as Much as $15 Million in 2017

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Detroit Lions beat reporter Kyle Meinke reports via Twitter that the 2017 NFL Salary Cap could increase by as much as $15 million according to statements made by Roger Goodell.

It was originally reported some months ago that the cap would most likely go up closer to $10 million for the 2017 league year. There is also the possibility that even this most recent estimate could be on the lower end, but we will not know for some time still.

The Chargers do not have the greatest cap situation, though they could find some extra room by cutting underperforming overpaid veterans of which there are several, and the extra cap room could go a long way toward helping them paper over the many holes on their roster.

One potentially obvious (if ill-advised) candidate to soak up some of that extra cap room is pending free agent edge rusher, Melvin Ingram. This would certainly make it easier for Tom Telesco to justify overpaying the perpetually disappointing though admittedly still talented former first round pick.