Deep dive into Eagles salary cap, potential impact of COVID


If I told you a year ago that the world would be overtaken by a global pandemic and it was going to cause the Eagles to make massive roster cuts, you would have looked at me like I told you I would rather have Paxton Lynch instead of Carson Wentz. 

So if 2020 has taught us anything, it is that looking far ahead — and getting worried about it now — is a somewhat pointless exercise. We are all guessing. 

Still, with the projected start date of the NFL’s regular season less than two months away, it seems like a lock that there will be no fans in most stands this season. Even if a portion of fans are able to attend games in certain cities, at this point there is almost no way the league is going to avoid taking a massive revenue loss. 

The question is how much will the league loose, how will they handle those losses, how it will impact the salary cap and — most importantly for the people of the tri-state area — how much it is going to impact the Eagles. 

Let’s take a deep dive into all the important aspects of the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Eagles salary cap. 

The 2021 Salary Cap

The NFL’s salary cap is tied to the league’s revenue. That is why, as the NFL grows, it goes up each year. The benefit of that for the player’s is clear — the more successful the league is, the more money is committed to paying players. The 2020 NFL salary cap is $198.2 million. That is a $10 million increase from 2018, and in 2018, the cap went up $11 million from 2017. Overall, the cap has gone up around $10 million eight straight seasons. 

So when projecting ahead, teams could reasonably expect the cap to be around $208 million in 2020. With how successful the league has been doi