Originally Posted by Sciz
Mac's Football Blog: Patriots Free Up $7.2M In Cap Space By Restructuring Tom Brady's Contract
I totally predicted this this
Anyway, there's really no downside to this because any cap room they have left after this season can be added on to next year's cap, so this simply gives them the option to spend another $7.2M while still being able to save it for next year if they decide to go that direction instead. Anyway, it means the Pats should have some money to play around, although it seems like the only move that would really eat into that cap room is a trade, because all the high-priced FAs seem to be off the market.
Commence a ton of rumors about what they could possibly do with an extra $7.2M in cap room this year. I've seen Dwight Freeney and Jared Allen mentioned as options, but I don't think we should set our sights that high
Sciz with all due respect, we are down to Deaderick and Fanene as a DE core but a couple JAGS like Cunningham pending position. I think Scott is OLB at 255lbs. He played better there than at DE. That is not good roster numbers.
I know the Pats go into the Draft talking about the nice front seven class according to Crazy Eye, but then you know BB. He will Draft a Punter or FB because he was that fatal "good value".
I can't see them going to TC with just three if you want to label Scott as a DE. Carter will be a over the summer decision.
You might as well start thinking DE adds and although they wanted Anderson back, it did not bring suicide calls to the Foxborough 911 from the Pats F.O. They still have more than enough CAP space to sign their Draft picks. They have easy moves on the roster that can get them easily another $4m. You know you are going to sign Welker to reduce that number too. Just get it over with.
Sciz you maybe onto something. Why bother restructuring TB now? Here are FIVE reasons I see:
1-When BB figures he needs WR he goes balls-to-the-walls like he did in 2007 when he got Welker, Moss and Stallworth plus what he already had. Maybe RFA Wallace is still an option for one of the FIRST ROUND picks and you can make the deal right now. I don't see it though.
2-Freeney has always had the respect of BB. maybe BB pulls the trigger for DF. He is 32 but can bring it perhaps another 2 years. More money to sign him perhaps that any other FA so far will be required. He will require a pick as well.
3-Most sense is Jared Allen
. The rumor is out there since last year. He has $11m this year and $13m next roughly. Add a couple and down the CAP. He is younger than Carter at 30 and bigger than Anderson and yet has mores sacks than both. Does he want to stay a Viking while they rebuild with youth? The Vikes have two good young DEs behind him waiting. They just let three valuable Vets go and two were snagged the next day.
The fan base will go nuts unless they do something if they move Allen. Their biggest needs are OT and Kalil seems like he might be a great fit in the first round and the other need is a WR to help Ponder who has only Harvin, a slot guy. Use the Pats first rounder that BB should give up for Allen and let them grab Wallace as Pitts can't fight it. Plus with Allen off the books they can afford to step up to a young talent long term like Wallace to pair with Ponder. Both Teams win.
4-They are going to take a swing at CB Lardarius Webb for a first rounder RFA to the Ravens. The Ravens offered $2.742m and are up against the CAP. Webb is also a return guy. He had 5 picks and my favorite DB stat, 20 PDF.
5-Assante Samuel anyone? He got paid. Now let's play.