The NRL has revealed a tentative salary cap for 2018 in an email released to all 16 clubs.
The governing body told clubs to prepare for a cap of $9.14 million.
The sum also includes allowances and six development list players.
The NRL stressed $9.14m mark is only a guide for clubs to help them prepare their rosters.
The Rugby League Players Association said negotiations were continuing.
“The RLPA has been made aware of correspondence sent by the NRL to clubs in relation to the salary cap for 2018,” an RLPA spokesperson told foxsports.com.au.
“Our understanding is that the clubs have been directed to comply with a salary cap figure that was set out in the NRL’s proposal of 30 March 2017.
“From the RLPA’s point of view, the salary cap figure for 2018 and beyond must be agreed through the collective negotiation process.
“No such figure has been agreed at this point in time.
“We are in the process of preparing our response to the NRL’s initial offer, which will include a proposed salary cap amount.”