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The NFL raises the 2023 salary cap over $16 million from 2022

The NFL is raising the league’s salary cap for the 2023 season with a significant boost in what teams can spend for the players in the upcoming year.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the league is raising the cap figure for 2023 to $224.8 million. That’s over $16 million higher than the 2022 figure of $208.2 million. And it’s good news for the Detroit Lions in their quest to retain and add talent.

The Lions previously had just under $2.5 million in free cap room, after deducting anticipated rookie wages and contractual bonuses to players like Kalif Raymond. Now Detroit will have over $17 million to spend, and that’s before the cap carryover from 2022, which is expected to be around $2.4 million, gets factored in.

Currently, the Lions rank 13th in available cap room for 2023 per Over The Cap. Detroit has some flexibility to acquire more by releasing high-priced veterans like Michael Brockers, Halapoulivaati Vaitai or Romeo Okwara.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire