NFL increases salary cap minimum to $180M

The NFL has informed teams that the salary cap for the 2021 season will be no less than $180 million, a slight increase from last year’s previous agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association.

The NFL had a $198.2 million salary cap in 2020, but the league and the NFLPA agreed last summer to a $175 million minimum for 2021, citing revenue shortages related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league told teams in a memo Thursday that a final salary cap hasn’t been determined yet, saying that the new agreement “simply increases the minimum 2021 Salary Cap by $5 million per club, from $175 million to $180 million.”

Total attendance this past season was 1.2 million, down from 17 million in 2019. Thirteen teams didn’t allow fans in the regular season and other clubs limited crowd size to provide social distancing in compliance with health and safety regulations in their state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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