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Falcons should Benefit as NFL Close to setting Salary Cap

There’s a global pandemic affecting revenue and finances world-wide, but the NFL appears to be recession proof. The salary cap for the NFL should end up being slightly higher than expected per Adam Shefter.

A higher salary cap is good for the players, and it should be great for Atlanta. The Falcons cap troubles were problematic enough that the Falcons let go Nick Polk, their cap chief, last month.

The Falcons have 66% of their allotted cap money tied up in just five players. Matt Ryan (21.9%), Julio Jones (12.3%), Grady Jarrett (11.2%), Jake Matthews (10.8%), and Dante Fowler (9.9%). Full List

The Falcons have a huge list of players of their own due to become free agents next month, headlined by center Alex Mack, safety Keanu Neal, and running back Todd Gurley.

Having a little extra room on the cap could help the Falcons bring in reinforcements this year as they try and bounce back from consecutive losing seasons

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.