Miguel's cap pages report dead money from each previous season. Stacked side by side, I think it tells a good story. HTML: Year Dead Money % of Cap Contributing Factors 2002 $11.1 MM 15.6% Bledsoe ($2.2M) 2003 $10.0 MM 13.4% Colvin(IR), Compton(IR), Patten(IR) 2004 $ 9.0 MM 11.4% Milloy ($4M), Antowain ($2M) 2005 $ 6.8 MM 8.3% Law ($3.2M), TJ ($1.3M) To me, this is a sign that the front office has taken firm control of the contract situation, and all the big money contracts from the prior leadership has rolled off the books. Some amount of Dead Money is inevitable, due to injuries. Also, BB seems to have a very quick trigger finger, sending players to IR to get them off the roster. That practice will always put a dozen players on the Dead Money list for a few 100K apiece. But more and more, the Pats are signing veterans to 1 and 2 year deals and only their truly elite young players get long term contracts. What's more those deals are NOT backloaded. For example, Brady and Seymour are both affordable for every single year of his monumental six year deal. No fake years, or ballooning salary numbers to force the team and player into a re-negotiation. Right now, there is only about $4M on the Pats Dead Money list (Willie and Starks, each for $1.3MM). It will be higher by the end of the year but not by much-- unless BB does something drastic like cutting Dillon or Harrison. Even if he does, the days when we have 15-20% of our cap stacked against non-performing players is a thing of the past.