2021 salary cap spike
According to FanSided.com, the 2021 salary cap could potentially reach up to $240 million. This was based on the salary cap for 2020 to be around $200 million, and that was announced to be $198.2 million, according to Touchdown Wire. Yet, the logic is sound. An additional regular-season game and an additional week of the playoffs would raise overall revenue by a decent margin, and more games would make future TV deals far more lucrative.
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A large jump in 2021’s salary cap can be expected.
The 49ers, because of their all-in nature the last two years as a result of the open cap space they had, are currently not in a fantastic cap position. As it stands, they have many good players to pay, and before this CBA was passed, not enough money to do so. They started to clear money for this offseason by restructuring linebacker Kwon Alexander‘s contract, but they still are looking at some tough decisions.
With more money available, the 49ers could fit both contracts without much worry as well as take care of other needs. This would provide major relief and an opportunity to keep talent in a way not commonly seen in the NFL. It also could potentially let the 49ers be players in the 2021 free-agent market, though I would not bet much on that possibility.
This CBA will change the way NFL football has run in a way not usually seen. But within change, there is always an opportunity for certain actors. For the 49ers, they have access to that opportunity.