Brandon Beane: Not knowing if stadiums will be full affects planning for 2022 salary cap

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The salary cap has declined in 2021 because NFL revenues were down in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bill General Manager Brandon Beane says uncertainty about whether stadiums will be full in 2021 affects his team’s planning for 2022 and beyond.

Beane said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s hoping full stadiums bring ticket revenues back up to where the salary cap will be at least as high in 2022 as it was in 2020.

“This next year is still an unknown,” Beane said. “There’s some numbers if stadiums are full, but if they’re not full, the cap this year is 182 [million dollars]. Last year it was 198, so that was a huge drop. We’re kind of projecting 195 to 200 [for the 2022 salary cap]. I’m hoping closer to 200, just to be able to fit as many guys as we can.”

Beane chose to pick up the fifth-year options on quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, which means both players now have their 2022 salaries guaranteed, with Allen’s at $23.106 million and Edmunds’ at $12.716 million. Beane said those two salaries would be awfully hard to fit under a lowered salary cap.

“The cap was supposed to be around 220 by now,” he said. “If we don’t get an extension for either one before next year we have to hold $36 million just to pay for these two guys, and there’s no way to restructure that deal without doing an extension. . . . Hopefully it will be full stadiums this year which will help us slide them in the budget and not have to get too creative with our cap.”

The Bills are near the bottom of the league in projected cap space for 2022, but that’s in part because they have a lot of their key players signed through 2022. Beane is hoping full stadiums help the Bills keep all those players.

21 responses to “Brandon Beane: Not knowing if stadiums will be full affects planning for 2022 salary cap

  1. It’s certainly prudent of Beane to be vigilant of protecting the Bills from a salary cap dilemma for 2022. However, his 2021 team is a Super Bowl contender, perhaps one or two signings from the top.

  2. Seriously its not that difficult. Its just another management tactic to underpay players. Why is it the gravy train always makes their easy jobs appear to be difficult. He has done a really good job with the Bills but the poor mouthing of how hard his job is, is a little disingenuous

  3. I was a bit disappointed Brandon Beane didn’t nab a dynamic TE in the early rounds…but truth be told after Kyle Pitts all the other TEs looked underwhelming at best. Not knocking Dawson Knox,he’s reliable,good hands,solid blocker and a crisp route runner…but he lacks that extra gear you want out of an elite TE. A game changing dynamic TE would make this Buffalo Bills offense complete and dangerous.

  4. If people would get their vaccines this would not be a problem. Please get vaccinated so we can end this pandemic and get back to a normal life.

  5. The only thing that is known is that the bills have the division locked up by week 1.

  6. IMO, the upcoming TV deals will dictate the salary cap. That’s where the vast majority of the revenue stems from.

  7. Get ready to show your COVID vaccination cards before entering stadiums. I 100% agree with not allowing those without a card to enter.

  8. and the tv networks didn’t offer less this year. What a great op to say, your fan base is eroding, your becoming ben ther done that, heres our low ball offer.

  9. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 8:10 am
    I was a bit disappointed Brandon Beane didn’t nab a dynamic TE in the early rounds…but truth be told after Kyle Pitts all the other TEs looked underwhelming at best. Not knocking Dawson Knox,he’s reliable,good hands,solid blocker and a crisp route runner…but he lacks that extra gear you want out of an elite TE. A game changing dynamic TE would make this Buffalo Bills offense complete and dangerous.

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    Pats will slice and dice with 2 TE sets all year long. Bills in for a rude awakening without a pandemic.

  10. Apparently, team ownership and management demands that the league operate like Lloyd’s of London, and assure absolute certainty of both profit and player health — so that there is zero risk in operating an NFL franchise.

    In this world, not even a baby is guaranteed to suckle on mommy’s teat. But the super wealthy demand even more security than is due the safety and well being of a child.

  11. the money comes from the TV deals.
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    honestly, how many 15 dollar beers does everyone have to buy just to pay the front line?

  12. and how many fans will decide not to return in person will also be a concern.

  13. While TV deals make up the majority of NFL profits, don’t discount the money brought in by NFL stadiums.

    On average, teams get about $7.5 Million dollars for a sold out stadium. Then add in the millions made from food, alcohol and NFL apparel and we’re talking easily over $10 million a game.

    Over an 8 game home schedule, a team can bring in around $80 million in revenue.

  14. It’s quite presumptive for the NFL to think all of their revenue is magically coming back. With all of those ticket buying fans watching on TV in 2020, (instead of attending in person), average NFL TV viewership still dropped from 16.8 to 14.9 million per game. Wake up and smell the coffee, NFL. You’ve got a problem.

  15. Everyone’s been stuck at home. Kids have been stuck at home. Soon everyone’s going to be going to baseball and football games. To bars and restaurants. Even people who had never been to a ball game will be taking their kids. We’ll appreciate what we had before. Often, you don’t realize how good something was until it gets taken away. The NFL will rake in record profits.

  16. touchback6 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 10:19 am
    sharpdressedfan17 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 8:10 am
    I was a bit disappointed Brandon Beane didn’t nab a dynamic TE in the early rounds…but truth be told after Kyle Pitts all the other TEs looked underwhelming at best. Not knocking Dawson Knox,he’s reliable,good hands,solid blocker and a crisp route runner…but he lacks that extra gear you want out of an elite TE. A game changing dynamic TE would make this Buffalo Bills offense complete and dangerous.

    8 7 Rate This

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    Pats will slice and dice with 2 TE sets all year long. Bills in for a rude awakening without a pandemic.
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    What? You think the pandemic somehow gave the Bills an advantage?

  17. Watch the tears flow in 2021. The Patriots will not be handicapped as they were in 2020. The Patriots will win their division and go deep into the playoffs with an excellent shot at the super bowl.

  18. ” Get ready to show your COVID vaccination cards before entering stadiums. I 100% agree with not allowing those without a card to enter.”

    Every single person who gets this vaccine has less than 3 years left to live. That includes NFL players. But I think this is part of the plan. They know a lot of these superstars have skeletons in their closet and the league has been a mafia run sham since its inception. You people honestly have no idea how much the world is about the change for the better.

  19. Yes. The global pandemic has made it difficult for businesses to accurately plan for the short and medium term. This is not breaking news. I deal with it every day in my business that has $150-200K in annual revenue. Nobody cares.

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