Packers GM: Next year’s salary cap is problematic, but everyone is dealing with it

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Each year’s salary cap is determined by the previous year’s revenue, and that means a sharp decline next year, as all the ticket sales that aren’t happening in 2020 will be reflected by a lower cap in 2021. Teams have grown accustomed to seeing the cap increase every year, but next season it may decline by $20 million per team.

For Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst, that’s a real concern: Green Bay isn’t projected to have much cap space next year already, and that’s before they get to work on new contracts for offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, center Corey Linsley, cornerback Kevin King and running back Aaron Jones, all of whom are currently scheduled to hit free agency in March.

Gutekunst told Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com that it’s a real issue facing his team, although he noted that the Packers aren’t unlike every other team in finding themselves preparing to have less cap space in 2021 than they thought they’d have when they signed a lot of their current contracts.

It’s problematic,” Gutekunst said. “Every team is dealing with it. For me, it’s certainly made it a lot tougher. We’ve always tried to have some flexibility, and maintaining that flexibility is much more difficult going into next year’s cap and really with the unpredictability of what 2022 will look like. It’s tough. It comes down to choices, and it will be an interesting spring because a lot of teams will have to make a lot of choices they don’t really want to. But it’s very much an equal playing field. We’re all going to have to deal with it. There’s going to be some unpleasantness. There’s no doubt about that.”

Some of that unpleasantness is likely to be saying goodbye to at least players like Bakhtiari, Linsley, King or Jones. Teams across the league are going to reach the conclusion that they can’t keep everyone.

36 responses to “Packers GM: Next year’s salary cap is problematic, but everyone is dealing with it

  1. The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.

  2. I might be in the minority but I love this part of the NFL because it has a hard cap and every team has to deal with it. Enjoying football for me is not just about what’s on the field but also how the team is formed and, really, how they spend money. Since I am not really a fan of specific team, I get to enjoy watching how ALL the teams build their rosters.

  3. If you absolutely nail a draft and pick 7-10 starters, you’re eventually penalized for it either by having to pay for all within the limitations of the cap and not being able to afford much else, or you have to let players you want to keep go. It’s not optimal, but with 50+ players on every team, that’s the reality.

  4. It’s really the only thing us NY Jet fans can look forward to. With over $80 million in cap space, 90% of contracts are 1 year, and the inevitable flushing out the poor performers, Jets can easily have $120 million for Joe Douglas in 2021. Let’s hope he can spend it wisely.

  5. iliketurtles says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:20 am
    Pretty simple and obvious plan they have: trade Rodgers. Why do you think they drafted love?

    They still would get huge dead cap penalties for trading him. Getting rid of Rodgers via cut or trade would only save them cash, but wouldn’t do much to change their cap space.

  6. touchback6 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:08 am
    The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.
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    According to overthecap.com, for 2021, the Patriots have nearly $68 Million in cap space, the 4th highest. The Jaguars have the most at $82 Million.

  7. I’m sure Spielman is salivating at the idea of signing a bunch of former Packers to replace that sorry bunch he has up there.

  8. touchback6 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:08 am

    The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.
    ________________________

    BB says “come to New England and play with Cam”

  9. So is Davante Adams contract going to be a problem?? Does he have a significant incentive based contract; hence limited playing time causing him to be a little upset?

  10. The Chiefs better win this year because if those cap space sites are right they’re going to be about 14M over the cap with only 34 players signed.

  11. touchback6 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:08 am

    The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.

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    Umm, try 64 million for 2021, and that’s only for 45 players. This year, they are carrying 87 players and have less than 23 million, but even with no opt-outs and reduced practice squads, they aren’t going into April with “over 100 million” of cap space.

  12. It’s always a challenge for the most successful franchise in the NFL became they are so much better at drafting and developing their players. Compounding the issue is how teams are willing to pay a massive premium for players immersed in the winning culture of Titletown.

    Given these challenges, it’s that much more humbling to once again be among the handful of elite contenders for the Lombardi trophy. It’s so awesome to be a fan of this team.

  13. Ray Lewis says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:32 am
    touchback6 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:08 am
    The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.
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    According to overthecap.com, for 2021, the Patriots have nearly $68 Million in cap space, the 4th highest. The Jaguars have the most at $82 Million

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    Not to nitpick – but the Pats have another $22 mil, that they carry over from this year.

  14. I think a lot of players will be on the market. Its a bad year to be a FA and worst year to be a high cap player not preforming at a all pro level. Teams will make cuts and redo deals. Vets will be be shocked.

  15. clowntown says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:50 am
    The Chiefs better win this year because if those cap space sites are right they’re going to be about 14M over the cap with only 34 players signed.

    2 0 Rate Up

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    They could completely miss the playoffs next year with that. It sort of depends how good their 2020 and 2021 drafts will be.

    They did it to themselves by poor planning and wild overpayments to about 6 or 7 players on the roster at once. Their D already blows, so it should be fun to watch their “dynasty” crumble. lol

  16. Trading Rodgers would not create a cap hit, his contract would go with him. That said, I think Love would have to show a lot for the packers to get rid of their starting QB. The entire League will have to deal with this next year. Generally speaking, teams with a lot of cap space have a lot of players not worth paying.

  17. Need to pay the horses up front protecting Rodgers. Bakhtiari gets extended, the others are replaceable. A. Jones is elite & someone will pay him, but not the Packers. See if Jamaal Williams will extend for “reasonable” $, Linsley & King will sign elsewhere.

  18. Says the guy managing one of the few teams in the league making money and having to share it to support sad sack teams in sad sack markets.

  19. League will make an exception for this year, pandemic is something they never expected or have a an for it.

  20. League will make an exception for this year, pandemic is something they never expected or have a plan for it.

  21. touchback6 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:08 am
    The Pats have over 100 million in cap space, are already loaded and there will be a flood of quality FAs who will be available.

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    The Patriots are in excellent shape but keep in mind that they will need to either sign Newton to a long-term deal or sign some other starting QB

  22. With all teams in the same boat, who is going to sign all this high priced talent. Maybe one year contracts to be renegotiated when the cap goes up the following year, or contracts weighted on the back end for the younger talent. Looks like these high priced prima donnas will have learn how to feed their families on only a few million dollars per year. Boo hoo.

  23. harianus1985 says:
    October 16, 2020 at 11:09 am
    Ted Thompson will leave no stone unturned for mediocrity!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He sent his resume to the Vikings? That’s odd. I thought he retired.

  24. The Packers will focus on resigning David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones.
    Kevin King and Cory Lindsley will go to free agency. If they can’t come to a reasonable agreement with Aaron Jones,.. he too will go as a free agent. Jamaal Williams can be signed for substantially less,.. and he’s not a big drop off in performance. And there’s the possibility Rodgers can redo his deal for 2021 – 2022 to gain some cap space.
    I don’t think it will devastate the Packers as much as some other competitive teams. There are 9 teams already in cap hell for 2021. Saints, Eagles, Falcons, Steelers, Rams, Chiefs, Texans. All of them are a minimum $12 million over the 2021 cap if you used this years cap to compare,… and next years cap will be something near $20 million less. Saints and Eagles are in the worst shape. They will be letting some high quality players loose.

  25. texasboy says:
    October 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Trading Rodgers would not create a cap hit, his contract would go with him.
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    Even with a trade the Packers are required to pay for the signing bonus on his contract. Depending when it happens (what year and if before or after 6/1) it can be up to $31,556,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $17,204,000 spread over two years for a 2021 trade, or $17,204,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $2,852,000 over two years for a 2022 trade.

  26. texasboy says:
    October 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Trading Rodgers would not create a cap hit, his contract would go with him.
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    Even with a trade the Packers are required to pay for the signing bonus on his contract. Depending when it happens (what year and if before or after 6/1) it can be up to $31,556,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $17,204,000 spread over two years for a 2021 trade, or $17,204,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $2,852,000 over two years for a 2022 trade.

    Wrong. Dead money only exists on released players. Traded players take all future payments with them.

  27. philmccracken says:
    October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    It’s always a challenge for the most successful franchise in the NFL became they are so much better at drafting and developing their players. Compounding the issue is how teams are willing to pay a massive premium for players immersed in the winning culture of Titletown.

    Given these challenges, it’s that much more humbling to once again be among the handful of elite contenders for the Lombardi trophy. It’s so awesome to be a fan of this team.
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    Beating the Vikings, Lions and Falcons and squeaking by a NO teams sans Michael Thomas makes one elite? Tap the brakes there homie.

  28. Simply can’t go forward without Bak. We’ve seen what happens when Rodgers takes regular beatings.

    I can’t remember the last time the Packers didn’t have a quality Center. I think that will be the case with or without Linsley.

    King… Nice player. Wildly inconsistent. Easily the most replaceable name listed here.

    I’d hate to see Jones go. But the way that position has been devalued, and given the origins of LaFluers scheme, I have a really hard time believing Jones is an indispensable peice.

  29. texasboy says:
    October 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm
    texasboy says:
    October 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    Trading Rodgers would not create a cap hit, his contract would go with him.
    __________________
    Even with a trade the Packers are required to pay for the signing bonus on his contract. Depending when it happens (what year and if before or after 6/1) it can be up to $31,556,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $17,204,000 spread over two years for a 2021 trade, or $17,204,000 in dead cap space over one year VS $14,352,000 and $2,852,000 over two years for a 2022 trade.

    Wrong. Dead money only exists on released players. Traded players take all future payments with them.
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    You’re wrong texasboy.

    “For the team trading the player, a trade is pretty much treated the same as the release of a player – the team is relieved of paying all future base salaries, but still must account for the bonus money that has already been paid to the player.  Just like with the release of a player, the remaining unaccounted-for bonus pro-rations will accelerate and count against the team’s Salary Cap.”

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