CBS Sports cap expert Joel Corry joined Dukes & Bell to explain what the cap minimum will be in 2021 and if the Falcons will have any flexibility in free agency despite being currently over the cap.
Corry talked about free agency being a buyers’ market in 2021.
“It’s going to be a year where the top guys, the marquee guys, get paid," Corry said. "You will see a lot of guys who are going to be in for a rude awakening in free agency because you will see more guys cut. So it’s gonna be a simple economic equation that supply is going to exceed demand, it’s going to be a buyer’s market.”
To Corry's point, the Falcons reduced their roster by three players on Thursday when they released safety Ricardo Allen and defensive end Allen Bailey and announced quarterback Kurt Benkert had been waived.
“You’re going to see some guys who take one-year deals trying to have a good year or repeat what they did in 2020 if they have to, come back and be a free agent in 2022 when the cap presumably will be higher because there will also be new TV deals done by then and the cap will start growing again. If TV deals get done before the cap is set that could be a game-changer and the cap could be higher than $185 [million]. But I think you’re going to see a lot of good players taking one-year deals.”