By Mark Gallagher
According to power rankings from ESPN, the NFC East is ranked as followed heading into next season:
Dallas Cowboys (19th in the NFL)
Washington Football Team (21st)
New York Giants (25th)
With free agency beginning March 17 and the NFL Draft scheduled for April 29, significant changes are still expected around the division and the league.
But right now, the expectations are low for the NFC East next year. This is probably to be expected though for a division that was clinched with just a 7-9 record.
Something else to keep in mind heading into the offseason is the salary cap. Adam Schefter tweeted the following on the day of the Super Bowl:
Though the NFL’s salary cap is not expected to be officially set until next month, league sources believe it will be roughly $180-$181 million. Throughout the past season, many expected it to be around $175 million, but it now is projected to come in slightly higher, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2021
According to Schefter, the NFL’s salary cap is not expected to be officially set until next month, but it is believed to be roughly $180-$181 million for 2021. This projected cap is a drop from last season’s $198.2 million, but is higher than the $175 million that was expected.
So where do teams in the NFC East stand on the projected salary cap?
Based off of a projected base salary cap of $180.5 million per Over the Cap, WFT is fifth in the league in cap space available with $39.6 million. The Cowboys are 13th with $18.4 million available. The Giants are ranked 19th with $1.1 million available and the Eagles are 31st in the league with $49 million over the projected cap.
In other words, Washington is in good shape as far as cap space. They are poised to be big spenders this offseason. The way they aggressively pursued Matthew Stafford suggests that they are prepared to make some waves. The Eagles, meanwhile, are in the worst shape of any team in the division and will have to do some shuffling around if they are going to make ends meet this offseason.