NFL Salary Cap for All 32 Teams: Who Should Spend? Who has to save?

NFL free agency Kick-off next week, teams will work with a salary cap of $ 182.5 million for the 2021 season, an 8% decrease from the cap of $ 198.2 million in 2020. The cap has increased every year since 2011, but revenues have decreased due to the coronavirus pandemic forced a decrease for the next season.

That drop should make for a fun couple of weeks as teams try to break the cap ahead of the new league year on Wednesday. Teams are allowed to start contract negotiations with agents of players who will be free agents on Monday, and teams can sign players from 4:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts try to get the biggest buzz while several clubs are still trying to get out of a negative cap hole.

Based on Roster management Model with some adjustments from our NFL Nation reporters. Here’s a breakdown of the salary cap and needs for each team from 8 p.m. onwards. ET Thursday.

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NO | NYG | NYJ | LV | PHI | PIT | SF

Total canopy space: $ 74,403,593

Offense: $ 64,840,018

Defense: $ 62,368,214

Special teams: $ 6,753,239

Analysis: The Jaguars have most of the salary caps available. So expect them to spend a lot of money in the free agency. That may not mean they only chase the big names in positions of need (narrow end, receiver, inner line of defense, security, corner). GM Trent Baalke: “We’re looking for value. It’s not always the most expensive player.” The good thing is that if the Jaguars want to spend a lot of money they don’t have to worry about large extensions for domestic players (maybe recipients) for at least a couple of years DJ Chark?). – Michael DiRocco



Dan Orlovsky and Dianna Russini make the case that Sam Darnold can succeed in the NFL.

Total canopy space: $ 70,302,286

Offense: $ 76,290,281

Defense: $ 43,424,331

Special teams: $ 3,589,275

Analysis: While many teams have problems in a year with a reduced cap, the jets are sitting nicely. You have the option of acquiring any player that becomes available either in the free agency or through trade. It’s nice to have that kind of flexibility, but GM Joe Douglas says he doesn’t want to build on a free hand. Make sure, however, that the jets are cautiously aggressive. They’re hoping to target the offensive line and the linebacker, and they’ll be looking at broad receivers and edge rushers if prices don’t go crazy. You can create another $ 4.8 million by trading with QB Sam Darnoldwhat is emerging as a possibility. – Rich Cimini

Total canopy space: $ 63,660,607

Offense: $ 63,268,356

Defense: $ 59,526,628

Special teams: $ 4,396,666

Analysis: The Colts, like most of Chris Ballard’s tenure as general manager of the team, have some of the highest cap seats available. The urgent needs are tackle, receiver and pass rusher. The first two are even more important with the addition of quarterback Carson Wentzacquired from Philadelphia. Ballard prefers to sit back and let the market focus on the players first before attempting to sign free agents. So don’t be surprised if the Colts aren’t in the mix for some of the headline-grabbing players who are quick to agree on deals. – Mike Wells

Projected total canopy space: $ 56,316,719

Offense: $ 59,547,746

Defense: $ 79,004,840

Special teams: $ 3,387,520

Analysis: After an off-season in 2020 of being tied to the salary cap, the Patriots endured that pain for big win this year – they’re in the jealous position, a substantial one at a time when most don’t To have room for the salary cap. The expectation is that they will be aggressive to meet a significant number of requirements, especially on the receiver and narrow end. Of course, no place is more important than quarterback and they have a big question there too. – Mike Reiss

Projected total canopy space: $ 43,913,987

Offense: $ 74,566,137

Defense: $ 68,280,080

Special teams: $ 2,749,982

Analysis: The Bengals wanted to be as flexible as possible with the reduced wage cap for 2021 as revenue from the league was limited during COVID-19. Cincinnati will have plenty of space to compete for high-end players during the free agency and to meet key requirements like offensive guard, wide receiver, and edge rusher. The current cap range also doesn’t take into account possible cuts for players like defensive tackle Geno AtkinsThis corresponds to an upper limit of $ 9.5 million. – Ben baby

Total canopy space: $ 38,833,822

Offense: $ 68,463,836

Defense: $ 85,607,833

Special teams: $ 2,565,000

Analysis: Washington is stepping into the free hand with plenty of space, but that doesn’t mean it will spend wildly. They’ll be aggressive for some expensive players, but like 2020, they’ll be just as content to get bargains. In doing so, they have signed on productive players like running back J. D. McKissic and tight end Logan Thomas last season. Washington will watch out for the future. Coach Ron Rivera wants to build a sustainable payroll and knowing they need to sign young players for overtime, now or in the years to come, will take their spending into account. – John Keim

Total canopy space: $ 31,763,935

Offense: $ 76,533,740

Defense: $ 83,860,193

Special teams: $ 8,063,333

Analysis: The Broncos have yet to make decisions about option years for security reasons Kareem Jackson and linebackers From Miller and possible wage cuts or other adjustments in the contracts. If one or neither of the players is retained, the Broncos could unlock more than $ 20 million in additional salary caps, but they would be without two defensive starters. The Broncos have the space to sign security Justin Simmons To get a long term contract, sign your design class and be aggressive in the open hand. General Manager George Paton came up with the idea of ​​exposing the initial madness of the free agency in order to make some targeted signatures a little later. But they have the flexibility to play it both ways. – Jeff Legwold

Projected total canopy space: $ 30,423,032

Offense: $ 69,264,511

Defense: $ 85,161,448

Special teams: $ 4,880,413

Analysis: The Dolphins don’t have the money to spend on the Brinks truck as they did last off-season, but their cap situation is still in pretty good shape as many of their young core players have rookie contracts. So expect them to be active in the free-agent market. During this off-season, priority upgrades between the free agency and draft should focus on playmakers, with receivers and returns being of particular interest. – Cameron Wolfe

Total canopy space: $ 29,816,792

Offense: $ 74,717,918

Defense: $ 55,741,426

Special teams: 2,290,000

Analysis: Carolina has grown to take up too much space on the cap from the middle of the road and can be aggressive in the free hand. You are able to hit a deal should a quarterback like Deshaun Watson become available in a trade. A long-term deal with the right device Taylor Moton is on the priority list. After that, rebuilding the offensive line, adding a first class narrow end by free hand (see Hunter Henry) or the design and upgrade at Middle Linebacker are critical to taking a step forward. – David Newton

Total canopy space: $ 25,677,147

Offense: $ 79,100,316

Defense: $ 79,962,728

Special teams: $ 2,360,000

Analysis: Unlike many teams in the league, the chargers are in a decent cap shape. And with her franchise quarterback Justin Herbert In the second year of his rookie deal, they don’t expect a big jump there. The only questions remain with a narrow end Hunter HenryThe Chargers kept with Franchise Tag in 2020 before refusing to offer it again in 2021 and the defensive ending Melvin Ingram. The chargers are in an enviable position with a strong roster and nine draft picks. – Shelley Smith

Total canopy space: $ 25,472,349

Offense: $ 136,090,685

Defense: $ 54,875,226

Special teams: $ 2,778,334

Analysis: After investing heavily in its offensive last offense season, Cleveland will switch to the defensive side, where several holes need to be fixed. Although the Browns allocated more than $ 60 million in guaranteed money to the offense last year – a franchise record – they still have the option to add a hitter or two to their free hand defense. Search for a suitable rusher Myles Garrett is priority, but Cleveland has linebacker and secondary needs. The Browns need to be careful with their spending, however, as several potential internal expansions loom, including possibly QB Baker Mayfield. – Jake Trotter

Projected total canopy space: $ 24,658,006

Offense: $ 87,113,435

Defense: $ 76,931,949

Special teams: $ 4,610,331

Analysis: The 49ers aren’t exactly space-saving, especially given the number of free key agents they’ve put on the market, but things aren’t so bad that they’ll have to lose all of those players, too. Much of this space will be devoted to trying to hold the left tackle Trent Williams and if he stays, the Niners probably won’t be making splashy outside signatures. If he goes, however, the 49ers could be a little more active than expected with some of the bigger names out there, especially on the offensive and defensive. – Nick Wagoner

A total of Cap room: $ 20,772,667

Offense: $ 90,069,174

Defense: $ 69,403,328

Special teams: $ 7,776,666

Analysis: New general manager Nick Caserio has taken several steps to save money since taking office J.J. watt, Nick Martin and Duke Johnson and restructuring David Johnson‘s contract – and has created nearly $ 18 million in cap space for 2021. But while the Texans have several big holes in the roster, you shouldn’t expect the team to take bubbly moves in the free hand. – Sarah Barshop

Projected total canopy space: $ 20,654,125

Offense: $ 84,536,170

Defense: $ 65,966,122

Special teams: $ 8,881,538

Analysis: Share Carlos Dunlap released $ 14.1 million but also created another hole in the Seahawks’ list. In addition to pass rushers, they have cornerback, running back, and offensive line needs wherever Russell Wilson wants upgrades. But with just around $ 20 million in cap space and four draft picks – with no first or third place finish – the Seahawks are likely to stick with their MO bargain additions rather than high-priced signings. General Manager John Schneider is always happy to set aside cash for season pickups and also wants to save some of his June spending with the expectation that there will be more good players available than usual due to the NFL’s lower pay cap. – Brady Henderson

Projected total canopy space: $ 20,503,114

Offense: $ 102,402,839

Defense: $ 50,097,762

Special teams: $ 4,860,000

Analysis: With an average of 30.7 points per game (4th place in the NFL), the Titans are among the top performers in the NFL when it comes to having the most cap money invested in their offensive. This number increases as they re-sign free agents Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith. Building a defense that struggled to get to the quarterback (19 sacks) and keeping teams out of the end zone (69.2% of the opponent’s red zone) will be a top priority for Tennessee. The Titans don’t have much room to perform a wide variety of free agent moves. It is therefore important to find less expensive impact players in the draft. – Turron Davenport



Dan Orlovsky explains how expectations for Dak Prescott have increased with his new contract.

Total canopy space: $ 18,540,136

Offense: $ 133,529,714

Defense: $ 63,630,026

Special teams: $ 6,113,333

Analysis: Even with the addition of Dak PrescottAs a mega-contract, the cowboys moved effortlessly under the canopy. Prescott counts $ 22.2 million towards the cap, but the team has restructured the offensive linemen’s contracts Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and La’el Collins to create around 17 million US dollars in space. While the cowboys have the option to sign top notch free agents, unless they see a deal too good for them, they’re more likely to try to keep some of their own and take strategic steps to support the defense to miss. And if you have to, you can always try to revise the recipient’s contracts Amari Cooper, defensive ending DeMarcus Lawrence and run back Ezekiel Elliott to create even more space. But remember, every dollar you add to this year’s cap decreases future caps. – Todd Archer

Total canopy space: $ 17,762,270

Offense: $ 97,757,916

Defense: $ 67,540,124

Special teams: $ 3,478,334

Analysis: The Raiders will be able to add an additional $ 14 million in cap space once the Trent BrownThe Patriots trade will be official on March 17th, bringing them to over $ 33.7 million. Throw in the backup QB Marcus Mariota, which has a cap of $ 11.35 million, and the Raiders have room to move. But where do I start? Of course, the defense in general, the secondary in particular, needs an overhaul and a corner kick Richard Sherman should be a primary goal of the second wave in the free hand to teach teenagers Tray from Mullen, Damon Arnette and Johnathan Abram not just the new scheme of DC Gus Bradley, but also how to be a pro. On the offensive, the raiders need a veterinarian recipient (new signature) Nelson Agholor without breaking the bank would be nice) as well as a durable and reliable offensive lineman after last week’s cleanup (ditto) Denzelle Good). – Paul Gutierrez

Total canopy space: $ 17,601,896

Offense: $ 61,586,972

Defense: $ 90,724,466

Special teams: $ 8,660,000

Analysis: The Ravens’ cap area allows Baltimore to target a wide receiver, offensive line, external linebacker, and defensive line in free hand. Baltimore ranks among the top five in the NFL for the cap assigned to the offense, but that will all change when the Ravens sign the quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews to big money extensions. It will be interesting to see how much the Ravens are investing in goals for Jackson in the free agency. Currently, Baltimore has capped $ 7 million in cap space to its broad receivers, making it the seventh smallest in the NFL. – Jamison Hensley



Dan Graziano and Marcus Spears break the effects of J.J. Watt signs with the Cardinals.

Total canopy space: 15,184,209 USD

Offense: $ 81,808,918

Defense: $ 82,658,601

Special teams: $ 2,093,750

Analysis: The cardinals are in a good place thanks J.J. watt not breaking their bank salary cap and releasing cornerback Robert Alford and its $ 7.5 million to Cap Space. They have enough to sign a big-name player or two on deals similar to Watts and stock up on the roleplayers they need. They have cornerback, wide receiver, and running back needs and will rely on the design to do some of that work. – Josh Weinfuss

Total canopy space: $ 9,123,620

Offense: $ 75,509,155

Defense: 87.680.380

Special teams: $ 3,519,166

Analysis: Minnesota got under the hood by letting go of the narrow end Kyle RudolphKicker Dan Bailey and go left Riley Reiff and restructuring of Punter’s contract Britton Colquitt all in a week. The Vikings don’t have much money to spend on free hand but could take an important step on the offensive with a large group of UFA guards, many of whom were released as cap victims. The team needs to be “creative”, according to general manager Rick Spielman, as it negotiates renewals and restructures contracts by pushing money into future years or stating that it needs to release players immediately to free up money to improve other areas of the world List. – Courtney Cronin

Projected total canopy space: $ 5,552,089

Offense: $ 72,659,813

Defense: $ 92,954,864

Special teams: $ 6,723,333

Analysis: Once way above the salary cap because of quarterback Ben RoethlisbergerWith $ 41.2 million in league success, the Steelers did what they did best, employing accounting wizards to get below the salary cap at the start of the new league year. The team and Roethlisberger agreed on a new one-year contract that will expire after the 2021 season and lower the cap by $ 15 million. The resignation of Maurkice Pouncey and Vance McDonald, as well as the restructuring of the contracts of some high-priced veterans, helped bring the Steelers below the cap, but they don’t have much wiggle room to sign a significant free-agent class – at least not without cut a few veterans. – Brooke Pryor

Total canopy space: $ 5,295,320

Offense: $ 65,997,248

Defense: $ 110,557,847

Special teams: $ 1,941,056

Analysis: The bills spent a lot of money on their list last year, but the drastic drop in the salary cap is affecting what they can do this off-season. You have already started to make room through restructuring Mitch Morse‘s contract, but GM Brandon Beane needs to keep moving money so the bills take the steps necessary to keep them on the AFC title hunt. Offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams are realistic signings. – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Projected total canopy space: $ 4,411,782

Offense: $ 85,189,836

Defense: $ 76,134,686

Special teams: $ 780,000

Analysis: Detroit is full in Reconstruction mode, and with a tighter cap, Lions won’t have much leeway for free agents. Lions trainer Dan Campbell said they could work with freelance middle-level agents early on as they build the roster, and general manager Brad Holmes wants to work through the draft. If the Lions want to restructure Jared GoffThe contract, when he officially joins the squad at the beginning of the league year, could change. This cap space does not include Tyrell Williams‘One-year contract agreed earlier this week or the release of Justin Coleman on Thursday. – Michael Rothstein

Total canopy space: $ 4,368,370

Offense: $ 81,909,743

Defense: $ 87,264,828

Special teams: $ 8,817,250

Analysis: Like most of the others, the Giants have little space this year. You must sign a defensive lineman Leonard Williams to a long term business to provide any kind of real flexibility this off season. Offensive lineman Nate Solder ($ 16.5 million versus cap) also remains to be addressed. Then they are able to make some movements. Even so, they will not spend ruthlessly in the free hand. You’re likely only going to take one big step. Trainer Joe Judge recently said you have had success “building your team by design,” a philosophy that General Manager Dave Gettleman agrees with. – Jordan Raanan

Total canopy space: minus- $ 2,001,679

Offense: $ 105,496,192

Defense: $ 96,386,578

Special teams: $ 5,717,500

Analysis: The Chiefs took more than $ 18 million off their salary cap by releasing tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher. You still have a little more work to do to meet the salary cap. It’s hard to believe that if they meet the requirements, they can make strong bidders to freelance agents. On the other hand, they got over a challenging pay cap situation last season that at one point left them with $ 177 in cap space and a newly signed quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive device Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce. – Adam Teicher

Projected total canopy space: minus $ 7,756,263

Offense: $ 129,835,180

Defense: $ 54,213,599

Special teams: $ 3,650,000

Analysis: It’s about keeping as much of their Super Bowl roster intact as possible, but it’s going to take work. To mark Chris Godwin the Bucs cost $ 15.8 million to be signed Lavonte David A two-year extension (two years, $ 25 million, $ 20 million guaranteed) will add $ 3.5 million to the cap in 2021 (the contract includes three void years that allowed the Bucs to use their Upper limit to be spread over five years). That brought the Bucs over the cap at $ 7.756 million. But they worked on expanding the quarterback Tom Brady by another year, which would lower his cap of $ 28.375 million due in 2021. You could follow this model and stick to the left-wing attack treaties for years Donovan Smith ($ 14.25 million), center Ryan Jensen ($ 10 million) and external linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul ($ 12.8M) as everyone has a year left to make a competitive offer to an outside linebacker Shaq Barrett. But they still have a close end Rob GronkowskiKicker Ryan Succop, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suhwide receiver Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette to think about something. – Jenna Laine



Breaking down the most underrated and overrated players in the free agency, Field Yates proposes not to pay Aaron Jones the highest dollar and pay Carl Lawson.

Total canopy space: minus – $ 9,214,429

Offense: $ 98,607,864

Defense: $ 90,340,469

Special teams: $ 7,733,726

Analysis: Packers have until Wednesday to clear the more than $ 9 million of cap space they need to meet the requirements. In reality, however, they need even more space if they want to do something in the free agency, regardless of whether it is a re-signing of one of their own free agents (see Jones, Aaron) or make a piece for someone on the open market. They have a couple of simple cuts (with Preston Smith be most obvious) and contract restructuring or extensions (Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Za’Darius Smith among them) that should put them in a good position for this season, but they also need to be careful about getting into more cap issues in the years to come. – Rob Demovsky

Total canopy space: minus $ 17,453,918

Offense: $ 78,720,798

Defense: $ 118,507,640

Special teams: $ 1

Analysis: Look for the bears to restructure contracts as the club nears its planned salary cap of $ 182.5 million. The club was already opening up space by choosing not to bring back a seasoned cornerback Buster Skrine and do it right Bobby Massie. Chicago needs financial flexibility with quarterback, wide receiver and special teams. The bears have just signed the place kicker Cairo Santos but have to do more. – Jeff Dickerson

Projected total canopy space: minus- $ 22,055,452

Offense: $ 107,672,741

Defense: $ 74,325,741

Special teams: $ 3,199,435

Analysis: The Falcons are one of four teams who are more than $ 20 million above the salary cap and must drop below the cap by March 17. You have already cut several players (especially Ricardo Allen and Allen Bailey) expect further cuts and restructuring. Quarterback Matt Ryan and recipient Julio Jones have the two highest cap numbers in 2021 and are candidates for restructured deals, especially if new GM Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith try to maximize the team’s chances of winning over the next several years when these players hit the end of their business Career. Other players to watch out for possible cuts and restructuring include the defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.., defensive device Grady Jarrett and offensive action Jake Matthews. – Michael DiRocco

Total canopy space: minus- $ 28,381,902

Offense: $ 129,883,100

Defense: $ 102,623,957

Special teams: $ 5,079,833

Analysis: Work continues for the Eagles to meet the caps. You have already approved recipients DeSean Jackson and restructured several veteran contracts, including cornerback Darius Slayand middle Jason Kelce‘s. Further moves are expected, including the close end of trading Zach Ertz and on from wideout Alshon Jeffery. Internally, the cap situation is less worrying than externally. With so many ways to move money, they can find a way to add some players this off-season if they match the bill. But they have dead caped more than $ 30 million by trading Carson Wentz, and things are tense right now, which limits the aggressiveness in the free hand. – Tim McManus

Total canopy space: minus- $ 31,260,736

Offense: 96,208,121 USD

Defense: $ 87,615,995

Special teams: $ 7,837,000

Analysis: The upcoming deal with quarterback Jared Goff will total $ 22.2 million in dead money, giving the Rams $ 34,078,757 in dead money in 2021. General Manager Les Snead said he was satisfied with the Rams’ salary cap, citing the unprecedented year. However, the Rams are well above the cap and could be forced into difficult hiring decisions to get below. “We had to knock on the door of many of our key figures and pillars asking them to make sacrifices in some cases and, in some cases, to adjust their contract to help us get under the hood,” said Snead. The Rams’ goal is to get below the cap through restructuring contracts, but they could end up releasing seasoned players. – Lindsey Thiry

Total canopy space: minus- $ 38,321,856

Offense: $ 108,622,218

Defense: $ 90,916,270

Special teams: $ 4,915,500

Analysis: The NFL’s reduced wage cap hit the Saints harder than any other team in the league as they pushed the caps over the past decade into years to come. They started this off-season with nearly $ 100 million over the cap before releasing veterans like receivers Emmanuel SandersCornerback Janoris Jenkins, Gambler Thomas Morstead and tight end Josh Hill. Linebacker Kwon Alexander is expected to come next. However, the Saints do not go into Reconstruction mode either Drew Brees The team is expected to retire with over $ 22 million in dead money. They used the franchise tag for security Marcus Williams although it wasn’t a cap-friendly move. And they seem likely to be trying to expand on elite talent like CB Marshon Lattimore and OT Ryan Ramczykeven though they could cost nearly $ 20 million a year. – Mike Triplet

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