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2021 NFL salary cap could be around $185 million

NFL: Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals need as much salary cap space as they can get.

The NFL may be able to help them just a little more than expected.

According to Tom Pelissero, the NFL could see the 2021 salary cap be around or even above $185 million:

The NFL and NFLPA began preliminary negotiations last month on the 2021 salary cap. Some team officials believe (and surely hope) the cap will ultimately land closer to $185 million per club — if not a little higher — than the $175 million minimum the sides agreed to last summer as they braced for empty and mostly empty stadiums.

That would be a big number, up $10 million and giving the Cardinals right around $20 million before they make any offseason moves.

That would make it easier for them to get to $40-50 million in cap space after cuts, reworking some numbers and more.

Let’s hope the report is correct.