The NFL and NFLPA are discussing a 2021 salary cap floor of $175 million, which is down from the $198.2 million this year. It’s possible that the figure could be pushed higher, depending on the revenue losses incurred by the league from the 2020 season.
Cabot believes the Browns have likely inquired about Ngakoue, considering that new Browns GM Andrew Berry has been aggressive in finding ways to upgrade the team’s roster.
While the Seahawks gave up two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a safety for Jamal Adams on Saturday, Cabot thinks the Browns should be able to acquire Ngakoue for “significantly less.” Although, she admits the Jaguars would likely want multiple picks for him.
The Browns have shown interest in Jadeveon Clowney and agreed to a restructured contract with Olivier Vernon. Even so, Cabot believes Ngakoue could really improve the team’s pass rush.
Cabot mentions that Cleveland could offer the Jaguars a combination of picks and players for Ngakoue. Although, she says Jacksonville is not believed to be interested in Browns tight end David Njoku, who’s also asked to be traded.
The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly notes a 2021 salary cap of $175 million would be rough on the Steelers, who are already a projected $23 million over the cap next year.