Teams around the NFL could feel the negative effects of COVID-19 with the salary cap expected to decline in 2021. However, regardless of the cap situation next year, the New England Patriots are among the teams that won’t be bothered by the reduced cap.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is going to maintain a salary cap of $198 million in 2020. In addition to that, the league is going to have a minimum of $175 million in salary cap in 2021. That number could increase if the NFL is able to exceed its projected revenue for the upcoming season.

Two teams that are negatively affected the most from the news of a reduced salary cap are the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. For New Orleans, they are currently going to be over the cap by $34 million in 2021.

On the other hand, Philadelphia is projected to be over $54 million. Therefore, fans should be gearing up to see tons of restructured deals and surprising releases in 2021.

While the Saints and the Eagles worry about getting under the cap, the Patriots are positioned perfectly for next offseason. Even after signing Cam Newton last month, New England has $124 million committed to 55 players for the 2021 season. As a result, that would give them upwards of $50 million to use to continue building the roster.

Throughout the years, Bill Belichick and the Patriots have mastered the art of using the team’s salary cap wisely. Even when the coronavirus pandemic is expected to lower the cap number for each team, New England is two steps ahead of everyone else.