On Friday, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to several adjustments to the CBA because of the COVID-19 pandemic, setting the stage for training camps to take place on time (most teams start on July 28).
According to Nick Shook of NFL.com, who cites NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport’s report, one of those adjustments had to do with the 2021 salary cap, which will be lowered to at least $175 million in order to spread out any lost revenue from this year over the next four years.
Here’s a look at some details of the agreement, including what changes were made to practice squads and how training camp will be run, per NFL.com, and then we’ll look at where the Titans stand cap-wise for 2021.
The agreed-upon deal includes an allowance for 16-man practice squads, high-risk and general opt-outs of participation due to the pandemic (deadline date to be determined), and the absence of a preseason for 2020.
Training camp is set to be comprised of 20 days of a ramp-up period and a maximum of 14 padded practices.
Financially, the league will spread the impact of any 2020 revenue shortfall due to the pandemic over four years beginning in 2021. The salary cap will be at least $175 million in 2021, while the 2020 cap of $198.2 million remains unchanged. The two sides were able to reach an agreement after owners raised the minimum cap for 2021 from $165 million to $175 million and dropped their request for an $8 million reduction in cap for 2020.
Rosters must be trimmed down to 80 players by Aug. 16, according to Rapoport. No more than 80 players are allowed in the building at one time.
Assuming the Titans don’t hand out anymore multi-year deals between now and the end of the season, they’ll still be in decent shape.
According to Over the Cap, Tennessee is estimated to have $15.8 million in cap space to work with before making any cuts. It’s also possible that number goes up if the league doesn’t lose as much revenue as originally thought.
The Titans still have a few players who are candidates to get contract extensions prior to this season, like tight end Jonnu Smith and inside linebacker Jayon Brown, but this lower cap might put any plans to do so on hold.