NFL salary cap could be lower than projected

The salary cap in 2012 that was projected to be at least $120 million per team is likely to be lower than expected, ProFootballTalk.com reports.

As reported by Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange last week, teams are working only with projected numbers for the cap and franchise tag estimates until the official accounting has been done and the NFL informs all 32 teams of the cap figure.

Free agency is scheduled to begin March 13.

If the cap is below $120 million, there could be several teams who must shed salary to be in compliance for the 2012 league year.

Teams have until March 5 to designate franchise players and tender one-year offers to their restricted free agents