I'm hoping somebody can tell me the rules, and why or why not the Patriots can't do the following with regard to contracts for Brady and/or Mankins. This is an uncapped year. Why can't they sign both players to huge 1 year contracts for this year? In other words, instead of signing Brady to (making up the numbers here, but you'll get my point) to $14M per year for 7 years, why not sign him to a 1 year $42M contract. That's $14M plus $28M. Then sign him to a 6 year contract next year for $14M a season, minus $28M. That would make it a 6 year, $56 contract, saving the team $5M per year against the cap (assuming it comes back). You could do something similar for Mankins. The contract could have verbiage in there giving the team a right of first refusal in the future, so they are protected next year. What I'm trying to suggest is since you are not allowed to front load a long term contract, by rule. Circumvent that rule, and front load everything into a one year contract. The rule wouldn't count towards a new contract next year. Is that doable, or is there something that prevents them from doing that? Discuss.