NFL sets salary cap for 2012

The NFL announces this year's restrictions for player salaries.

The NFL salary cap has gone up only $275,000 from last year, rising from $120.375 million to $120.6 million for this fiscal year.

Teams are allowed to carry over the unused salary-cap space from last year, though.

Now, the official franchise tag and restricted free agent numbers are in:

Quarterback ($14.436 million), running back ($7.742 million), wide receiver $9.515 million), tight end $5.446 million), offensive line ($9.383 million), defensive end ($10.605 million), defensive tackle $7.96 million), linebacker $8.856 million), cornerback $10.281 million), safety $6.212 million) and kicker-punter ($2.654 million).

The restricted tenders are up five percent: $1.26 million for original round/right of first refusal, $1.927 million (second-round tender) and $2.742 million (first-round tender).

Free agency begins Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

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