John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The NFL officially raised the salary cap to $133 million for the 2014 season yesterday. That is a $10 million jump from last season. Teams will also be able to carry over any leftover salary space from 2013. The Giants used all of their cap space in 2013, so they will not have any carryover. The average team has over $6 million in leftover space.
According to our colleague over at SB Nation, Ed Valentine, the Giants will be dealing with about $19 million in cap space, a godsend for a team that has struggled to stay under the league-mandated benchmark the past few seasons.
The league also announced the franchise tag amounts for the 2014 season. The Giants rarely exercise their right in this regard, electing to use the franchise tag only three times over the past twenty years.
Former Giant great Michael Strahan, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, has a special request for the sculptors of his bust. From PFT:
Strahan said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he has one request when they’re molding his face for a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: He wants his signature gap-toothed smile to be on display.
“You go in and they measure your head,” Strahan said. “I have to meet with the guy, because I think I want mine to be smiling.”
Most busts barely resemble the enshrinee and most of them are cast with a serious look. Michael was as serious as you can get on the field, but I’m sure no one would mind seeing his now world-famous smile lighting up the showcase in Canton.