The Super Bowl is over and the moves for the fall season have already kicked in….
Even before the NFL Football Draft of college talent…
Starting Monday, teams were able to start waiving players and making moves to reshape their rosters. This year will have unique challenges. ESPN reported Sunday that the 2021 salary cap is expected to be between $180 million and $181 million, a drop of more than $17 million. That puts the cap close to where it was in 2018, when it was $177.2 million. In 2018, teams had 155 players making $10 million or more. Last year, there were 209.
For teams to make their rosters work under the cap, they will have to look to shed salary while limiting the amount of money they take on with additions via trade or free agency. The process has already started with some teams, such as in New Orleans, where Drew Brees saved the Saints around $24 million by reducing his salary to the league minimum ahead of his expected retirement….
image….Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AP)