One of the most important aspects of building your team in franchise mode is properly planning for not just the current season you’re in but also a few seasons ahead.
The best way to do that is to be aware of your salary cap situation for future seasons. You’ll want to check out all of your players’ contracts to see if they are front-loaded, back-loaded, or have huge signing bonuses preventing you from trading or cutting them.
You’ll also want to know what the salary cap limits are for future seasons. In Madden 23, like in many Madden games before it, your salary cap goes up with every year that passes.
It starts out with the biggest increases in the first few years, then it slowly starts to taper off until it eventually peaks and will not move any higher.
This year, with the new Madden 23 feature of roll-over salary cap, you have more flexibility than ever before but you still need to know what your base numbers are.
We’ll get into how roll-over cap works a little later on in the article. For now, we are going to stick to the basic salary cap limits without it.
Here are the salary cap numbers for each year:
- 2022: $218 Million
- 2023: $243 Million
- 2024: $265 Million
- 2025: $277 Million
- 2026: $287 Million
- 2027: $295 Million
- 2028: $303 Million
After 2028 the salary cap remains at $303 million and will not go higher even if you take your franchise 15+ seasons.
It’s pretty clear that early on in your franchise you get the biggest jump with an increase of $25 million the first year and an increase of $22 million the second year.
Then it slows down to $12 million, $10 million, $8 million, and eventually 0 the longer your league lasts.
None of this takes into effect the rollover salary cap new to Madden 23. Let’s say in the year 2022 you only have a payroll of $150 million. The cap is $218 million.
You can take any unused money that you didn’t use in the current year and add it to your salary cap in the next year. So in this example you have an extra $68 million (218M-150M) that you can add to the 2023 salary cap which is $243 million.
That gives you a total 2023 salary cap of $301M. You can see how this can give you a huge advantage in signing free agents to bigger contracts.
If you plan on rebuilding for a few years because your are using one of our 5 best teams to rebuild in Madden 23’s franchise mode it makes sense to cut as many of your highly paid players as you can.
Be careful though, cutting a player with a high signing bonus can result in crippling cap penalties. We recommend using our Madden 23 Salary Cap Penalty Calculator before you cut or trade a player to make sure the cap hit won’t be too bad.