According to SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL and DirecTV are nearing a renewal of their exclusive deal for Sunday NFL Ticket.
By the end of the deal - reported to be either 2021 or 2022 - DirecTV will be paying $1.3B-1.4B per year for the broadcasting rights.
Their current agreement is worth a total of $4B over the 2011 through 2014 seasons, or an average of $1B per year.
As a result of the pending agreement, Daniel Kaplan says the salary cap would likely increase even more than previously expected for the 2015 season.
The cap is currently at $133M; reports from March suggested the 2015 cap might approach $145M.
Of course, a higher cap would be a win/win for both teams and players.
In Denver's case, pending free agents Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Chris Harris, Terrance Knighton, and Orlando Franklin are primed for big paydays.
The agents for these players are presumably aware that the cap is set to jump again.
From their standpoints, the only reason for any of them to budge in contract negotiations would be to lock in some guarantees and protect against a serious injury or dropoff in play this year.
Otherwise, each player will be best served to play out the last year of his contract, and strike it rich next offseason.