Tony Romo makes a big prediction about the 2021 Patriots
Tony Romo doesn't see Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots sit in the middle of the NFL for long.
Even after a 7-9 season in which New England missed the playoffs, Romo made an optimistic prediction about what would happen next for Belichick and the Patriots.
"The AFC is loading," Romo said on CBS shortly after the AFC championship game ended on Sunday night. "I'm telling you New England will be back on this thing. I have a feeling Belichick will find a way to get back on this thing with that much salary cap."
With the Patriots seeing Tom Brady leave this off-season - along with a handful of talented players and coaches in recent years - New England struggled throughout the 2020 season. Quarterback Cam Newton filled in admirably but was unable to get one bad supporting role on the offensive increase. Belichick, meanwhile, had similar problems with defense, with young players not looking ready for their sizeable roles.
As Romo (who has a wild history of accurately predicting things) noted, the Patriots have a cap of around $ 60 million. That number could rise if New England decides to cut some veterans (or restructure their contracts) for financial reasons. That number might not seem big, but it comes in an off-season when the cap is likely to drop, which will put a large section of the NFL in a dire financial position. This should give the Patriots some leverage as they try to put together a talented squad for 2021. It also helps New England get their 15th overall win in the 2021 NFL draft.
Romo can be on something.
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