According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has raised the 2021 salary cap floor from $175 million to $180 million. This is NOT the final salary cap number for 2021, it simply means that the cap will be no lower than $180 million this offseason, up $5 million from the previous floor.

It really doesn’t help teams or players for the cap to drop too much, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the final number ends up at $185 million or a little north of that mark. It’s also a good sign that the league and the NFLPA were able to work together to re-set the salary cap floor, a sign that both sides seem to be working together toward setting realistic goals for the 2021 season – goals that include the salary cap being as high as possible.

The Bucs don’t really need the salary cap to be higher than $180 million to bring back all of their key free agents due to the massive space they currently have for the 2022 season, but it would obviously help. On the flip side a higher cap obviously helps the Saints too, who are trying to dig their way out of more salary cap hell than they even expected to be in a year ago, with the cap dropping significantly due to the impact of the pandemic. Most importantly, a higher cap than the $175 million originally expected is a good thing for players, with the hope being that by 2022 the cap can return closer to the $198.2 million mark that it reached in 2020.

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3 months ago

Well in 2022, the Bucs have a lot of free agents which is why the Bucs have so much salary cap space – and these guys won’t come cheap either:
Tom Brady, Ronald Jones, OJ Howard, Donovan Smith, Alex Cappa, Ryan Jensen, Jason Pierre-Paul, Carlton Davis, Jordan Whitehead.

Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
3 months ago

Licht has had a good run lately. No sense in spoiling that by bringing back OJ Howard, should not have drafted him in the 1st round. Time to cut or trade him for a 5th rounder before the draft, if they can even get that. Dude has only suited up for 2/3 of the games in 4 years. Alabama hype meets NFL reality.

3 months ago

Isn’t a salary cap floor the minimum the team can spend, which is different from the actual salary cap which is the Maximum they can spend? If so, how much room is in between.

NC Greenbeard
Reply to  JayBuc52
3 months ago

I thought the same as you, but maybe it’s referring to the lowest figure the salary cap will be, not necessarily the “salary floor”… maybe?

Reply to  NC Greenbeard
3 months ago

The salary cap floor is the minimum average of all teams. Per the collective bargaining agreement, that would be 95% of the cap max league wide. So that means the maximum cap space would be $189.47 million. They will probably just round it up to $190.
Now that would put an individual team’s floor to $169.1 million.

Reply to  NC Greenbeard
3 months ago

It’s really simple. The salary “cap” is the highest value the total of the salaries of I think the top 51 players may reach. The NFL has not announced that dollar amount yet. That’s what is most important when hoping to sign our own, and perhaps a few new, free agents. The salary “floor” is the minimum a team must spend on player’s total salaries. That was set up to prevent owners like our own Mr. C from not applying enough of the revenue to the player’s pay.

Reply to  scubog
3 months ago

Scubog, A couple weeks ago in the TBT I finally got to see who you were. It was a very good Article and thank you for telling your story as to the Bucs. Great respect for you.

Reply to  Horse
3 months ago

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