People knew the cap was going up. They kept it low after taking the players so handily in the last CBA. But the TV deal was always set to go from 1.9b last year to 3.1b this year. Add the new CBS Thurs night deal and it has to go up. Those post-retirement benefits only take so much off the top. Kraft and the other owners sold a bill of goods by crying poverty, all the while they were making more money than ever. Everyone believed him when he said the cap would remain flat until 2016, but that was just posturing.