10 players set to reap benefit of expanding NFL salary cap

10Le’Veon Bell, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Whether Bell’s decision to holdout for the duration of the 2018 season comes back to bite him in the back end remains to be seen. It’s possible teams will look go avoid giving him quarterback-type money. Instead, those in need at running back could look to the 2019 NFL Draft.

Even then, it’s hard to imagine running back-needy squads avoiding a sweepstakes for Bell. Prior to sitting out this season, the All-Pro back had put up 3,830 total yards and 20 touchdowns over the past two years. With the increase in next year’s cap, it would not be an absolute shock to see him earn $15-plus million annually in free agency. That would set the NFL record for running back pay around the league.