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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 10: A detailed view of the helmets of New England Patriots prior to the game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The NFL sent out a memo to teams on Thursday to report that the salary cap for the 2021 league year will be a minimum of $180 million. It’s a positive development for the Patriots, who enter the offseason with among the most cap space in the league.

Thanks to the $180 million salary cap figure, the Patriots’ projected cap space sits at just over $63.5 million, as confirmed by Pats cap expert Miguel Benzan. As of this writing, Spotrac ranks the Patriots fourth in the NFL in salary cap space, with a sizable gap between them and the No. 5 team. The teams ahead of the Pats in cap space are the Jaguars, Colts, and Jets.

The 2021 NFL salary cap number is not final, but $180 million is set as the minimum. All 32 teams were simply granted an increase from $175 million, while the final number could be even higher than $180 million. Per the league memo, the final salary cap will come after a “review of final 2020 revenue figures and other audit and accounting adjustments.”

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Building the next quarterback room and potentially overhauling the defensive line are among the tasks for Bill Belichick in the 2021 offseason. They also have numerous internal free agents to decide on, such as Joe Thuney and David Andrews.

The Patriots will certainly be armed with enough cap space to make multiple significant moves.

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