EFFECT ON THE PATRIOTS 1. Players at minimum (vet and regular) will get more money. 2. Money will be available for extensions so that at least a couple these players can make more now (Seymour, Koppen, Branch, Graham and Samuel). 3. Free agency will have a one-year cost bubble. The patriots will be very likely to sign any top free agents, or any at much above the new minimum. 4. Other teams will waste cap money. 5. Extensions are easier because contract length can be as much as seven years, instead of four (three year extension). This certainly affects Brady's contract and perhaps a couple of others. 6. The patriots will be relatively worse off in 2006 and benefit thereafter. After all, some of those who overpay will be adding major contributers.