The Atlanta Falcons will need to be active in free agency and savvy in the upcoming draft if they want to compete in 2016. The latter takes scouting acumen, while the former takes money.
According to Over the Cap, the Falcons currently have $27.5 million in cap space. We know there may be additional cuts coming. But for now, that's where we stand. Because of a recent arbitrator decision, all NFL teams are going to see their 2016 salary cap bumped up by $1.5 million.
NFL players will collectively receive around $50 million, and the 2016 salary cap will increase by around $1.5 million, after an arbitrator ruled that the league misclassified up to $120 million in revenue, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In short, the NFL
is run by greedy billionaires with shady accounting practices now has to give a bunch of money to the players and the 2016 salary cap gets a slight bump. Assuming that bump is actually $1.5 million, the Falcons will have $29 million in cap space. (And even that assumes they don't cut anyone else in the weeks ahead.) That's a decent amount of cheddar.