1. How badly does the Alex Smith signing affect the Pats' ability to offer JT a reasonable contract? I thought I read they were 4-5M under the cap with the rookies to sign. That was before the AS signing. Does that mean that will have little left to offer Taylor? Alex Smith's contract is worth 1.5M, quite a lot, considering how little room they had left. I am quite surprised they would take on a relatively large contract for a guy who will probably be a JAG. It seems that, if they want Taylor, and by all indications they do, that money could be the difference. My strong instinct is that Taylor will be asking between 4-5M, while the Pats will probably start at 2-3M. 2. Can the Pats sign a player to a contract, go over the salary cap, and then cut other player before a certain date? I know that there were teams over the cap at the beginning of the offseason... how were they able to cope? Is the cap just a projected pay scale, or a real-time barrier?