I freely admit that I can not reconcile my number with Clayton's 3/2 number. On January 22 the Boston Globe printed out the salary cap figures for the 40 players signed for the 2006 season at the time. I have no doubt that Mike Reiss used an official salary cap report as the basis for his numbers. Brady, Tom 14,430,470 McGinest, Willie 8,327,220 Seymour, Richard 7,420,720 Colvin, Roosevelt 5,784,720 Light, Matt 5,323,387 Starke, Duane 5,136,720 Dillon, Corey 4,356,720 Green, Jarvis 3,651,720 * Note - It was reported as $370,000 but this had to be a typo Vrabel, Mike 3,540,220 Harrison, Rodney 2,838,483 Bruschi, Tedy 2,731,720 Poole, Tyrone 2,516,668 Faulk, Kevin 2,503,720 Warren, Ty 2,225,053 Wilfork, Vince 1,996,720 Graham, Daniel 1,530,470 Watson, Ben 1,426,720 Gorin, Brandon 1,390,053 Brown, Chad 1,242,500 Mankins, Logan 1,176,720 Hochstein, Russ 1,118,386 Miller, Josh 976,720 Beisel, Monty 919,220 Wilson, Eugene 913,595 Johnson, Bethel 834,720 Izzo, Larry 801,720 Branch, Deion 756,720 Pass, Patrick 626,720 Hill, Marquise 621,720 Paxton, Lonie 612,720 Klecko, Dan 546,720 Samuel, Assante 536,845 Koppen, Dan 495,720 Hobbs, Ellis 481,720 Banta-Cain, Tully 474,408 Kanzur, Nick 448,720 Sanders, James 411,720 Cassell, Matt 330,220 Wright, Mike 317,720 Bailey, Rodney 108,334 Reid, Dexter 187,500 * Actually not mentioned in the Globe - added by me Sam, P.K. 114,000 Stokes, Andy 8,750 * Acutally not mentioned in the Globe - added by me Claridge, Ryan 352,220 1/22/Total 92,547,561 The Patriots then signed these 11 street free agents. Mortensen, Todd 241,720 Charles, Earl 241,720 Musinski, Rich 241,720 Stone, John 391,720 Steitz, Nick 241,720 Roehl, Jeff 316,720 Condo, Joe 316,720 Spann, Antwain 241,720 Ventrone, Raymond 241,720 Britt, Wesley 241,720 Krug, Ryan 241,720 Total - 2,958,920 The Patriots cap commitment after the 11 signings - 95,506,481 With 51 players on the roster the rule of 51 takes effect lowering the net effect of a player's signing. 4 more street free agents were signed. Listed below are the net cap effects of their signings. 176,880 total. Example - McGrew is listed as 81,720 because his 310,000 salary displaced a player who had a salary of $235,000 from the Top 51 list. Smith, Zuriel 81,720 McGrew, Michael 6,720 Thomas, Santonio 6,720 Alexander, Eric 81,720 The Patriots cap commitment after the 4 signings - 95,683,361 Ryan Claridge's salary on the NFLPA site dropped from $310,000 to $235,000 which saved the Patriots $75,000 in cap space. The Patriots cap commitment after the Claridge salary decrease - 95,608,361 The Patriots then signed Don Davis at a net cap cost of $256,720. The Patriots cap commitment after the Don Davis signing - 95,865,081 The Patriots then released Duane Starks for a net cap savings of 3,371,720. The Patriots cap commitment after the Starks release - 92,493,361 I suspect that the Patriots made tenders to their 5 ERFAs (Gay, Yates, Scott, Childress, and Mruczkowski for a total net cap cost of 558,600. Childress, Bam 6,720 Scott, Guss 81,720 Gay, Randall 156,720 Mruczkowski, Gene 156,720 Yates, Billy 156,720 The Patriots cap commitment after the ERFA tenders - 93,051,961 It was right after the Starks release that ProFootBallWeekly reported that the Patriots' cap number at that time was $500,000 below the then projected cap number of $93.25 million or 92,750,000 so my numbers were in the ball park at the time. On March 2nd I noticed that the salaries of Branch, Koppen, and Samuel have been increased for a total cap cost of $1,844,000. Branch, Deion 500,000 Samuel, Assante 252,000 Koppen, Dan 1,092,000 The Patriots cap commitment after the 3 escalator salary increases - 94,895,961 The Patriots signed Hank Poteat at a net cap cost of $256,720. The Patriots cap commitment after the Poteat signing - 95,152,681 On March 1 John Clayton reported that the Pats were under the new projected cap number of $92 million by $1.5 million implying that the Patriots cap commitment was then $90.5 million. If Matt Light's $2.6 million LTBE incentive was no longer LTBE, then Clayton's report would make sense to me because the 3 salary increases and the Poteat signing probably occurred AFTER 3/1. But if Matt Light's LTBE incentive is now NLTBE, then the only explanation for how his salary goes from $1 million in 2006 to $3 million in 2007 is the reclassification of an incentive does not consitute a signing of a new contract. Later that day (March 1) according to Clayton the Patriots had $4.1 million of carry-over incentives hitting their cap so the Patriots adjusted cap number would be around 90.413 million. On March 2nd Clayton reported that the Pats were 4 million under the announced cap limit of $94.513 million. But if the Patriots' adjusted cap number is 90.4 million, then the Patriots would be right near that number before the escalator salary increases and the Poteat signing. If the Patriots were 4 million under their adjusted cap number, that means that their cap commitment would have been $86.4 million - a number that I am at a loss to explain. I also can not reconcile Clayton's statements (implying that the Patriots have a negative cap adjustment of $4.1 million with his report that they are under the cap by $4 million).