- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2021

NFL teams got a good bit of news Thursday when the league informed teams in a memo that the salary cap will be a minimum of $180 million — less of a decline than originally projected.

The league has not set the 2021 salary cap, but it will be no lower than $180 million after reaching an agreement with the player’s union. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league’s revenues declined this past season and officials were embracing for a lower cap — possibly as low as $175 million, down from the current number of $198 million. 

According to Over The Cap, Washington is projected to have the fifth-most cap room in the league at $38 million, if the salary cap falls to $180 million.

A November study from Team Marketing Report pegged the league’s losses at $2.7 billion from the lack of fans at games in 2020 because of the pandemic.  The league’s attendance this past season was just 1.2 million — down 17 million as only a small number of teams permitted fans in a limited capacity. 

ESPN reported the NFL expects to hone in on a final cap figure for the 2021 season soon — estimated to land somewhere between $180 million to $185 million.


• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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