Any idea if this is the year that there is a salary cap floor?

- @H4loFodder

Since the Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed in July 2011 and the NFL lockout concluded with glorious fireworks silhouetting angels plucking harps, NFL teams were required to spent 99 percent of the combined cap number in cash for the first two seasons. Momentarily rock bands sung classic hits, such as "You mean the Bengals have to spend all of their money..." (with an 80s James Hetfield growl). Information around that time was defined as chaos and incomplete, due to the overwhelming interest that the league's lockout was lifted.

Once things settled, it was reported that the 99 percent number didn't deal with the individual team, as much as it did a league-wide requirement. It required every team to spend a combined $3.8 billion in cash. What does that mean? "Cash". Let's use an example. If the Bengals signed a player to a four-year deal worth $24 million (with $20 million in base money split evenly over four seasons), with a $4 million signing bonus, that cap number translates to $6 million per season. That doesn't include Mike Brown's $1 million GM bonus. Just saying. However during the first two seasons, that player accounts for $9 million the year that he signed (in either 2011 or 2012), combining the base $5 million salary plus the $4 million bonus, giving you $9 million in cash that was applied to the league-wide minimum.