I understand that this is a no-cap year. Miguel projected a cap of $132M. I don't expect Kraft to spend more, although in order to compare properly, we might add a $17M "bonus" pot for monies that would ordinarily be bonuses, but are shifted to 2010 salaries (with no effect on Kraft's bottom line. That gives us a total budget of $149M. Miguel shows 51 players at $89M (his list without Thomas) That gives Kraft a free agent and extension potential budget or $60M ==================================================== A BUDGET OF $60M PHASE 1 $8M for the RFA's $0M for the ERFA's (they don't add any money) $7M to franchise Wilfork ==================================================== A BUDGET of $45M for FREE AGENTS, RE-SIGNS, and EXTENSIONS A) Some will go to Brady (or be reserved for him). B) We might have more if Mankins or Wilfork are traded or claimed. ==================================================== BOTTOM LINE I'm not sure that this is a huge amount of money. A $7.5M a year contract to a top corner might include $12M and $6M in the last 3. I'm not even sure that a top corner or LB or NT would sign for only $12M of guaranteed monies.