Report: The NFL salary cap could be significantly higher than expected in 2021

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In some news that should be especially important to Falcons fans, reports indicate that the cap situation in 2021 could be better than initially thought — which helps Terry Fontenot get some breathing room.

Alex wrote a great article detailing how restructuring Atlanta’s top six contracts could get Atlanta around $15 million under the cap and allow them to sign some free agents this offseason. Now, Tom Pelissero says that the expected cap of $175 million could actually be at $185 million “or higher”.

This is fantastic for the Falcons; with it looking like Dante Fowler Jr will be sticking around, cutting a few guys could net Atlanta some serious change to add impact players in free agency or trade for a guy like JJ Watt while still having the breathing room to extend guys like Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, and Foyesade Oluokun next offseason.

On another positive note, Atlanta has massive holes in the secondary and on both the offensive and defensive lines, but there is a healthy free agent class at each of these positions of need. It looks like Atlanta will have some more money to spend to add one or even two impactful free agents. Aside from addressing these positions in the draft, an extra $10 million would be critical to help get the Falcons back to the playoffs.

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