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NFL salary cap 2021 issues for the Steelers, Saints, Rams, Chiefs, Falcons, Eagles: How each team can fix their roster

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Graziano: Momentum for Big Ben to return to Steelers (1:04)

Dan Graziano analyzes the Steelers' negotiations with Ben Roethlisberger. (1:04)

Last week, I wrote about how the 2021 NFL draft would be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the 2020 college football season. Let's get to the other huge dent the coronavirus has already made on the next NFL season -- the financial one. The drop in expected league revenue as a result of empty stadiums has led to an unprecedented decline in the salary cap. The league is still finalizing the official number for 2021, but teams that were planning for years on a cap around $210 million are instead being forced to budget for something between $180 million and $185 million.