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My very Unofficial 2003 Patriots Salary Cap Page Page
My very Unofficial Patriots Roster Page
Salary Cap Resources Page
which includes links to other teams' cap pages and to Cap FAQs
Footnotes and Documentation Page
which provides supporting documentation for the figures shown on this page
the Excel 97 workbook that I use to compile these page zipped

If you are interested in learning the names of all the NFL players who will be free agents this offseason, please follow the link to the NFLPA's official listing of "Players Whose Contracts Expire After the 2003 Season"

THE FUTURE OF FREE AGENCY AND THE PATRIOTS

A listing of when each current Patriots player will become a free agent in the future.

Please note that I got the idea for this page after looking at the Falcons Free Agency Outlook page on the defunct FalcFans.Com site. Nate Berube made an excellent suggestion in that I should include definitions of the terms used in the following table. I got the following from The Football Corner.

An Exclusive Rights Free Agent (ERFA) is defined as a player with an expiring contract who has less than three accrued seasons. He can only sign with his old club, provided that he is offered a one-year contract at the minimum salary for the upcoming year. If the exclusive rights free agent gets no such offer, he is completely free.

A Restricted Free Agent (RFA) is any player that has completed three accrued seasons and their contract has expired. A RFA must be tendered with an offer on or before the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period begins. The RFA can be tendered one of three offers. They are:
(1) Right of First Refusal and Draft Selection at player's Original Draft Round: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $628,000 (for 2004) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one draft pick equal to the round the RFA was selected in during the draft.
(2) Right of First Refusal and One First Round Draft Selection: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $1,368,000 (for 2004) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one first round draft pick.
(3) Right of First Refusal and One First Round Draft Selection, and One Third Round Draft Selection: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $1,824,000 (for 2003) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one first round draft pick and one third round draft selection. If no tender offer is made by the start of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period, then the player becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent.

An Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) is any player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. A UFA is free to sign with any team without limitations and restrictions until July 15th. On July 16th, his rights revert back to his old club if it makes a tender offer (110% of the previous season's salary) to him by June 1st. The club then has until the 10th week of the season to sign him. If he does not sign by the 10th week, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered to the UFA by June 1st, he is free to sign with any club at any time. A club can designate one player a Franchise Player during any given year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). There are two types of Franchise Players. They are:
(1) "Exclusive" Franchise Player is a player that is not free to sign with another club. He is offered a minimum contract of the top five salaries for his postition as of April 14, or 120% of the players previous salary (whichever is greater).
(2) "Non-Exclusive" Franchise Player is a player that is free to negotiate with other clubs. He is offered a minimum contract of the top five salaries of last season for his position. His old club can match a new club's offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match the offer.
Duration of Designation: Each Club that designates a Franchise Player to a player contract shall be deemed to have utilized its Franchise Player desination for the duration of the contract unless the club signs said Franchise Player to a contract after the July 15th free agency deadline.
The 2004 franchise figures: Quarterback, $9.958 million; Defensive End, $6.503 million; Running Back, $5.167 million; Cornerback, $6.801 million; Defensive Tackle, $5.613 million; Offensive line, $7.021 million; Linebacker, $5.614 million; Wide Receiver, $7.229 million; Tight End, $2.612 million; Safety, $4.113 million; and Kicker/Punter, $1.611 million.

A club can designate one player a Transition Player during any given year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). A club must offer a minimum of the Top 10 salaries or 120% of the player's previous salary (whichever is greater). A Transition Player designation gives the club first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet made by another club. If the club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation. Duration of Designation: Beginning in the 2002 League Year, teams will have a window beginning the day after the last day of the Franchise Player designation period and ending at 4:00 p.m. New York time on the fourteenth day following the start of the League Year during which, if the team signs its Franchise Player to a multi-year contract, the team may nonetheless retain its Franchise Player designation rights the following year. (By way of clarification, if the League Year begins on March 1, the window will end at 4:00 p.m. New York time on March 15.) If a multi-year contract is not signed during the window period, the current rules continue to apply without prejudice or inference being drawn from this modification in the CBA.
The 2004 transition figures: Quarterback ($7.102 million); Defensive end ($5.870 million); Running back ($4.989 million); Cornerback ($4.838 million); Defensive tackle ($4.689 million); Offensive line ($5.141 million); Linebacker ($4.845 million); Wide receiver ($4.538 million); Tight end ($2.360 million); Safety ($2.769 million) and Kicker-punter ($1.342 million)

Accrued Season -A season where a player was on, should have been on, full pay status for a total of six or more regular season games, but, regardless of the player's pay status, shall not include Exempt Commisisioner Permission, Reserve PUP List (non-football injury), or a Club's Practice or Developmental Squad. Plainly stated, any season that a player is on a club's active/inactive roster, or reserve-injured or physically unable to perform list (football related).

A listing of when each current Patriots player will become a free agent in the future.


Year*

Exclusive Rights

Restricted

Unrestricted

Players in BOLD are starters
March 3, 2004 Tom Ashworth, OT
Wilbert Brown, G
David Givens, WR
Shawn Mayer, S
Stephen Neal, G
  Chris Akins, S (Signed with the Dolphins)
Fred Baxter, TE (signed with the Redskins)
Larry Centers, FB
Je'rod Cherry, S (Re-Signed)
Mike Cloud, RB (Re-signed)
Mike Compton, G (Signed with the Jaguars)
Kevin Faulk, RB (Re-Signed)
Bobby Hamilton, DE (Signed with Raiders)
Antwan Harris, CB
Damon Huard, QB (signed with the Chiefs)
Brian Kinchen, LS
Rick Lyle, DE
Patrick Pass, FB (Re-signed)
Anthony Pleasant, DE
Ken Walter, P
Dedric Ward, WR (Signed with the Cowboys)
Ted Washington, NT (Signed with the Raiders)
Damien Woody, C (Signed with the Lions)
March 1, 2005 none Tom Ashworth, OT
Brandon Gorin, OT
David Givens, WR
Jarvis Green, DE
Joe Andruzzi, G
Rodney Bailey, DE
Terrell Buckley, CB
Jeff Burris, CB
Don Davis, LB
Larry Izzo, LB
Kurt Kittner, QB
Adrian Klemm, T
Matt Light, T
Fred McCrary, FB

Jim Miller, QB
David Patten, WR
J.J. Stokes, WR
Adam Vinateri, PK
March 1, 2006 none Kliff Kingsbury, QB Tom Ashworth, OT
Troy Brown, WR

Matt Chatham, LB
Rohan Davey, QB
Corey Dillon, RB
Christian Fauria, TE

Brandon Gorin, OT
David Givens, WR
Jarvis Green, DE
Bob Hallen, G
Ted Johnson, LB
Ty Law, CB
Roman Phifer, LB
Keith Traylor, DT
March 1, 2007 none none Tully Banta-Cain, LB
Tom Brady, QB
Deion Branch, WR

Daniel Graham, TE
Russ Hochstein, G
Kliff Kingsbury, QB
Dan Klecko, DT
Dan Koppen, C
Willie McGinest, DE
Tyrone Poole, CB
Assante Samuel, CB
Richard Seymour, DT
March 1, 2008 none none Ted Bruschi, LB
Lonie Paxton, LS
Bethel Johnson, WR
Mike Vrabel, LB
Eugene Wilson, DB
March 1, 2009 none none Roosevelt Colvin, LB
Rodney Harrison, SS
Marquise Hill, DT
Josh Miller, P
Ty Warren, DE

The following lists the players who will be included in the 2005 compensatory pick calculation for the Patriots

Will the contracts/production/offseason honors of Ted Washington, Mike Compton, Chris Akins, Bobby Hamilton, Damon Huard, Dedric Ward, Fred Baxter and Damien Woody outweigh the contracts/production/offseason honors of Otis Smith, Keith Traylor, Terrell Buckley and Bob Hallen? I think so. Therefore, it is very likely that the Patriots will receive a couple of compensatory picks in the 2005 draft.

The following lists the draft picks that the Patriots will have in the 2005 draft.

As of now, here is what the Patriots will enter the 2005 draft with.

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