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Current Status of Patriots Ending 2013 Roster

Surname First End of 2013 Status Current Status
Aiken Danny 53 man roster 53 man roster
Allen Ryan 53 man roster 53 man roster
Amendola Danny 53 man roster 53 man roster
Armstead Armond NFI Retired
Arrington Kyle 53 man roster 53 man roster
Barker Chris 53 man roster 53 man roster
Beauharnais Steve 53 man roster 53 man roster
Bequette Jake 53 man roster 53 man roster
Blount LaGarette 53 man roster Signed with Another Team
Bolden Brandon 53 man roster 53 man roster
Boyce Josh IR 53 man roster
Brady Tom 53 man roster 53 man roster
Buchanan Michael 53 man roster 53 man roster
Cannon Marcus 53 man roster 53 man roster
Carter Andre 53 man roster Unsigned
Cave Braxston Practice Squad 53 man roster
Collie Austin 53 man roster Unsigned
Collins Jamie 53 man roster 53 man roster
Connolly Dan 53 man roster 53 man roster
Davis Ja’Gared 53 man roster 53 man roster
Davis Kanorris 53 man roster 53 man roster
Dennard Alfonzo 53 man roster 53 man roster
Develin James 53 man roster 53 man roster
Devey Jordan Practice Squad 53 man roster
Dobson Aaron 53 man roster 53 man roster
Dunn Reggie Practice Squad Waived
Ebner Nate 53 man roster 53 man roster
Edelman Julian 53 man roster 53 man roster
Fletcher Dane 53 man roster Signed with Another Team
Forston Marcus Practice Squad 53 man roster
Gostkowski Stephen 53 man roster 53 man roster
Green Justin 53 man roster Traded
Gregory Steve 53 man roster Released
Grissom Cory IR Waived
Gronkowski Rob IR 53 man roster
Harmon Duron 53 man roster 53 man roster
Harrison Mark NFI Waived
Hightower Dont’a 53 man roster 53 man roster
Hoomanawanui Michael 53 man roster 53 man roster
Jones Chandler 53 man roster 53 man roster
Jones Chris 53 man roster 53 man roster
Kelly Tommy IR Released
Kline Josh 53 man roster 53 man roster
Mallett Ryan 53 man roster 53 man roster
Mankins Logan 53 man roster Traded
Mattes R.J. Practice Squad Waived
Mayo, Jerod IR 53 man roster
McCourty Devin 53 man roster 53 man roster
McGuffie Sam Practice Squad Waived
Moe T.J. IR Waived
Mulligan Matthew 53 man roster Signed with Another Team
Ninkovich Rob 53 man roster 53 man roster
Orton Greg Practice Squad IR
Reed Taylor Practice Squad Waived
Ridley Stevan 53 man roster 53 man roster
Ryan Logan 53 man roster 53 man roster
Siliga Sealver 53 man roster 53 man roster
Slater Matthew 53 man roster 53 man roster
Solder Nate 53 man roster 53 man roster
Sopoaga Isaac 53 man roster Released
Spikes Brandon IR Signed with Another Team
Svitek Will 53 man roster Unsigned
Talib Aqib 53 man roster Signed with Another Team
Thompkins Kenbrell 53 man roster 53 man roster
Vellano Joe 53 man roster 53 man roster
Vereen Shane 53 man roster 53 man roster
Vollmer Sebastian IR 53 man roster
Wendell Ryan 53 man roster 53 man roster
White Chris 53 man roster 53 man roster
Wilfork Vince IR 53 man roster
Williams D.J. 53 man roster Released
Wilson Adrian IR Released
Wilson Tavon 53 man roster 53 man roster
Zusevics Markus IR Waived

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 41
Released 3
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 2
Unsigned 3
IR 11
53 man roster 5
Released 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Waived 3
NFI 2
Retired 1
Waived 1
Practice Squad 8
53 man roster 3
IR 1
Waived 4
Grand Total 74

 

Patriots Salary Cap Status after the cutdowns to the 75-man roster

I now have the New England Patriots with having 75 active players and 3 players on IR. I have the Patriots with $13,118,604 in cap space. The Patriots now have $15,603,784 in dead money in 2014. The Patriots dead money in 2015 is now $4,084,052. Click on the year to see its cap page. Mankins’s 2014 dead money equals 4.25 million. His 2015 dead money hit will be 4M. The Patriots did not have the option of taking the entire dead money cap hit this year. Per the CBA, the 2015 dead money will be hitting the 2015 dead money since trade occurred after June 1, 2014.

Ridley, Cannon, Revis, Vereen, and Slater may benefit from this as the Patriots now have the cap room to afford their extensions. If any of the five are extended, their 2014 cap numbers would most likely increase.

2014 – 78 players – $125,990,447 in cap commitments.
2015 – 63 players – $139,994,834 in cap commitments.
2016 – 39 players – $91,790,383 in cap commitments.
2017 - 13 players – $52,561,761 in cap commitments
2018 – Gronkowski – $11,000,000
2019 – Gronkowski – $12,000,000

To see my list of practice-squad eligible players please see this blog.

Since it was reported that Vincent Wilfork’s extension contain playing-time incentives, I thought that it would be a good time to discuss incentives and their impact on the Patriots salary cap on my blog. I like to thank JR4 and PatsWickedPissah, fellow PatsFans.com posters, for their help in creating this blog post.

I consider the following the best explanation of how the LTBE/NTLBE incentives work. I forgot where I got it from.

LTBE bonuses count against the team’s salary cap in the year that they are scheduled to be earned, NLTBE bonuses do not. At the end of the season, the NFL calculates how much each team had set aside for LTBEs that weren’t earned – or said differently, it figures out how much was charged to the team’s cap that was not actually spent. Similarly, the NFL calculates the amount of incentives designated NLTBE that were actually earned. If the unearned LTBEs are greater than the earned NLTBEs, then the following year’s salary cap for that team is increased by the net amount. Similarly, if the earned NLTBEs exceed the unearned LTBEs, then the team’s cap for the following year is lowered by that amount. You can see an example of the effect of cap adjustments at USA Today. The teams with negative cap adjustments had most likely earned more NLTBE incentives in 2013 than they did not earn LTBE incentives. For cap nerds, at the bottom of this post will be my attempt to reverse engineer the Patriots cap adjustment figure of $2,002,250.

As of August 25, 2014 6PM, the Patriots have $2.25 million in LTBE incentives counting against their 2014 cap.

  • Vince Wilfork’s weight bonus – $300,000.
  • Vince Wilfork’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000
  • Brandon Browner’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000
  • Rob Ninkovich’s playing time incentive – $250,000 if he plays in at least 75% of the defensive snaps in 2014. Ninkovich played in 95.5% of the defensive snaps in 2013
  • Matt Slater’s Pro Bowl incentive – $300,000
  • Michael Hoomanawanui’s playing time incentive – $400,000

As of August 24, 2014 6PM, the Patriots have $4,223,750 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2014 cap.

  • Jerod Mayo’s $31,250 46-man active roster which totals $187,500 since Mayo played in 6 games in 2013
  • Darrelle Revis’s $33,000 46-man active roster which maxes at $500,000 (15 games) since Revis played in 16 games in 2013
  • Danny Amendola’s $31,250 46-man active roster which totals $375,000 since Amendola played in 12 games in 2013
  • Rob Ninkovich’s $15,625 46-man active roster which totals $250,000 since Ninkovich played in 16 games in 2013
  • Julian Edelman’s $31,250 46-man active roster which totals $500,000 since Edelman played in 16 games in 2013
  • Brandon Lafell’s $12,500 46-man active roster which totals $200,000 since he played in 16 games in 2013
  • Brandon Browner’s $150,000 46-man active roster which totals $1,200,000 since Browner played in 12 games in 2013
  • Michael Hoomanawanui’s $6,250 46-man active roster which totals $81,250 since the Hooman played in 13 games in 2013
  • Vince Wilfork’s $87,500 46-man active roster which totals $350,000 since Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013
  • Patrick Chung’s $15,000 46-man active roster which totals $180,000 since Patrick played in 12 games in 2013
  • Ryan Wendell’s $12,500 46-man active roster which totals $200,000 since he played in 16 games in 2013

As of August 24, 2014 11PM the Patriots have $4,466,250 in NLTBE incentives that I consider easily reachable by the player.

  • Mayo’s per-game roster bonus – $312,500 if Mayo plays all 16 games
  • Mayo’s $300,00 Pro Bowl bonus
  • Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $2 million if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps, $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps
  • Amendola’s per-game roster bonus – $125,000 if Amendola plays all 16 games
  • Hoomanawanui’s per-game roster bonus – $18,750 if Hoomanawanui plays all 16 games
  • Browner’s per-game roster bonus – $600,000 if Browner plays in 12 games
  • Wilfork’s per-game roster bonus – $1,050,000 if Wilfork plays all 16 games.
  • Chung’s per-game roster bonus – $60,000 if Chung plays all 16 games.

From the CBA – Any roster bonus which is deemed not ‘likely to be earned’ based upon the player’s performance during the prior year shall immediately be included in Team Salary when earned” which means that the Patriots will lose cap space as soon as any of the below six above plays in more games in 2014 than they did in 2013. I am going to use Vince Wilfork as an example. He has a $87,500′s 46-man active roster bonus. Its LTBE amount is 350,000 or 87,500 times 4 (amount of games he played in 2013). So after each game over 4 games that he plays in the Patriots will lose $87,500 in cap space. Wanted to mention these incentives since any reached NLTBE incentives in 2014 will likely lower the Patriots 2015 adjusted cap number. I am trying to guess at how the Patriots will handle having $4.1 million in NTLBE incentives. If they do not leave a big enough cushion for them, the Patriots could end up with an adjusted cap number that is lower than the actual cap number. This is the first time I have seen the Patriots with so much easily attainable NLTBE incentives. Do the Patriots leave a 100% cushion? 0% cushion? I am presuming that the Patriots do leave themselves a 100% cushion or $2,116,750 for the 46-man active roster bonuses and maybe have a 50% cushion ($1.3 million) for the other NLTBE incentives. That is, I guesstimate that the Patriots would like to leave themselves a 3.5 million cushion at the start of the regular season just to cover reached NLTBE incentives.

Wilfork Mayo Amendola Browner Chung Hoomanawanui Weekly Total Running Total
Week 5 $87,500 $87,500 $87,500
Week 6 $87,500 $87,500 $167,000
Week 7 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $293,750
Week 8 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $412,500
Week 9 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $531,250
Week 10 $531,250
Week 11 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $650,000
Week 12 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $768,750
Week 13 $87,500 $31,250 $118,750 $887,500
Week 14 $87,500 $31,250 $31,250 $150,000 $15,000 $315,000 $1,202,500
Week 15 $87,500 $31,250 $31,250 $150,000 $15,000 $6,250 $321,250 $1,523,750
Week 16 $87,500 $31,250 $31,250 $150,000 $15,000 $6,250 $321,250 $1,845,000
Week 17 $87,500 $31,250 $31,250 $150,000 $15,000 $6,250 $321,250 $2,166,250

As promised above here is my attempt to figure out the Patriots cap adjustment number of $2,002,250 was reached.
Negative means that the player reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player did not earned a LTBE incentive

  • Edelman’s receptions -$250,000
  • Hooman’s playing time incentive -$370,000
  • Gregory’s playing time incentive -$500,000
  • Blount’s playing time incentive -$100,000
  • Talib’s Pro Bowl Bonus – $500,000
  • Mayo’s per-game roster bonus – $343,750
  • Kelly’s per-game roster bonus – $312,500
  • Ninkovich Pro Bowl -$200,000
  • Mayo’s Pro Bowl 300,000
  • Jonathan Fanene 990,000
  • Brandon Lloyd 1,500,000

Totals $1,926,250
which is just 76,000 less than $2,002,250

I had asked my Twitter followers what should be my next bog post. A couple of them asked for a 2015 salary cap preview. Please note that I have used parts of an Adamjt13 and ninercaphell posts as a template for this post.

These numbers were updated on August 24, 2014. These numbers include the impact of the Patriots trading for Jerel Worthy.

Quick summary – The Patriots are going to have to make several difficult and most likely unpopular decisions in the next year to become active participants in 2015 free agency. For the purpose of this exercise, I will presume that the 2015 salary cap will be $140 million.

I will first list the pending free agents after 2014, then list the 69 New England Patriots under contract for the 2015 season.

  1. ERFA – James Develin, FB – Expect Develin to be tendered in 2015 if he plays in 2014 like he did in 2013
  2. ERFA – Sealver Siliga, DT – Expect Siliga to be tendered in 2015 if he plays in 2014 like he did in the end of 2013
  3. ERFA – Ben Bass, DT – If Bass makes the 53-man roster in 2014, expect him to be tendered in 2015
  4. RFA – Brandon Bolden, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  5. UFA – Danny Aiken, LS – After beating out Charley Hughlett and Tyler Ott for the long snapper spot in 2014, Aiken may reach a long-term deal with the Patriots like Lonie Paxton did in 2003.
  6. UFA – Marcus Cannon, G – Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting right guard in 2015 with the loser going elsewhere in free agency.
  7. UFA – Patrick Chung, S – Patrick’s 2014 roster spot is not secure as there are other cheaper options (Kanorris Davis, 2014 draft picks) around.
  8. UFA – Dan Connolly, G – Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting right guard in 2015 with the loser going elsewhere in free agency.
  9. UFA – Stephen Gostkowski, K – Expect the Ghost to be extended before the start of the 2015 League Year.
  10. UFA – Ryan Mallett, QB – Only if Mallett likes being a backup or if Brady suffers a career-ending injury in 2015 do I see Mallett on the Patriots roster in 2015.
  11. UFA – Devin McCourty, S – As he gets closer to free agency, the cost to extend him increases. McCourty is the one Patriot free agent who could be franchised in 2015. I talk about his comparables in my safeties overview post.
  12. UFA – Stevan Ridley, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  13. UFA – Matthew Slater, WR/Special Teams Ace – Expect Slater to be extended before the start of the 2015 League Year.
  14. UFA – Shane Vereen, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  15. UFA – Steve Maneri, TE – May not make the 2014 roster.
  16. UFA – Chris White, LB – Chris White is battling other special team specialists like Nate Ebner, Matt, Slater, and Kanorris Davis to make the 2014 roster.

Now let us take a look at the players under contract in descending order by current 2015 cap number.

  1. CB Darrelle Revis($25M cap charge) – If he plays well in 2014, Revis will have a lot of leverage in his negotiations with the Patriots when the two meet to lower his 2015 cap number.
  2. QB Tom Brady ($13,000,000 cap charge) – One of the league’s best quarterbacks at a bargain price. Could see the Patriots lowering his cap number even further by converting six million of his salary into a signing bonus. Such a move would save the Patriots $4 million in 2015.
  3. G Logan Mankins($11,000,000 cap charge) – 2015 is the last year that Mankins’ signing bonus will be prorated. Therefore, no matter what, he will count at least $4 million against the 2015 cap. The question is will Mankins show in 2014 that he will be worth $7 million in new money in 2015. If he does, I could see the Pats extending him a couple of years to lower his 2015 cap number.
  4. LB Jerod Mayo($10,287,500 cap charge) – Mayo must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge.
  5. TE Rob Gronkowski ($8,650,000 cap charge) – Gronk must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge. Otherwise, I could see the Pats releasing him before the start of the 2015 League Year so as to avoid guaranteeing his 2015 $4.75 million salary.
  6. DT Vince Wilfork ($8,058,333 cap charge) – Vince must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge. Otherwise, I could see the Pats releasing him before the start of the 2015 League Year so as to avoid paying him his 2015 $4 million roster bonus that is due the first day of the 2015 League Year. Since Vince has a 46-man active roster bonus, he will increase his 2015 cap number by $31,250 a game for every game he plays in 2014 that is more than 4. Example, he plays in 16 games in 2014. His cap number will increase by $31,250 X 12 or $375,000
  7. LB Nate Solder($7,438,000 cap charge) – His $7,438,000 salary becomes fully guaranteed the first day of the 2015 League Year
  8. WR Danny Amendola ($5,575,00 cap charge) – Yet another Patriot that must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge.
  9. CB Brandon Browner($4.7M cap charge) – Browner must avoid getting suspended once again by the NFL. Otherwise, I could see the Pats releasing him before the start of the 2015 League Year so as to avoid paying him his 2015 $2 million roster bonus that is due the first day of the 2015 League Year.
  10. CB Kyle Arrington ($4.625M cap charge) – Would not be surprised if Arrington is approached by the Patriots to lower his 3 million salary, especially if Logan Ryan, Dennard or a 2014 draft pick surpasses him on the depth chart.
  11. OT Sebastian Vollmer ($4.5M cap charge) – Vollmer just signed an extension in 2013 so the Patriots obviously view SeaBass as the future at RT. The more he plays in 2014, the higher his 2015 cap number will be.
  12. WR Julian Edelman($4.25M cap charge) – Edelman just signed an extension in 2014 so it is very likely that he will be on the Patriot roster in 2015
  13. DE Rob Ninkovich($3.95M cap charge) – Ninkovich just signed an extension in 2013 and as of April 11th there is no replacement on the Patriots roster so we should expect Ninkovich on the Patriots 2015 roster.
  14. WR Brandon Lafell($3M cap charge) – Lafell must hold off Thompkins, Boyce, and Mark Harrison in 2014 in order to have a Patriots roster spot in 2015.
  15. DE Chandler Jones ($2,600,659 cap charge) – With his 2015 salary fully guaranteed Chandler Jones is ensured a roster spot in 2015
  16. LB Dont’a Hightower ($2,457,637 cap charge) – With his 2015 salary fully guaranteed Hightower is ensured a roster spot in 2015
  17. TE Michael Hoomanawanui ($1,761,250 cap charge) – An excellent price for what the Hooman brings to the table.
  18. DT Dominique Easley ($1,659,898 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  19. C Ryan Wendell ($1.625M cap charge) – Wendell must return to the level of play he demonstrated in 2012 to be on the roster in 2015. If he plays in 2014 like he did in 2013, I expect the Patriots to release him early in 2015.
  20. CB Alfonzo Dennard ($1,517,462 cap charge) – Because he played so much in 2012 and 2013 Dennard raised his 2015 salary to the projected low RFA tender of $1.503 million which will make his 2015 cap charge $1,517,462.
  21. CB Tavon Wilson ($1,347,057 cap charge) – Would not be surprised if Tavon does not make the 2014 roster which would mean that his 2015 cap number would drop to $376,891, the 2015 proration of his signing bonus.
  22. LB Jamie Collins ($1,025,728 cap charge) – Expected 2014 starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  23. WR Aaron Dobson ($935,010 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  24. DE Jake Bequette ($799,950 cap charge) – Would not be surprised if Jake does not make the 2014 roster which would mean that his 2015 cap number would drop to $134,950, the 2015 proration of his signing bonus
  25. DT Jerel Worthy ($928,391 cap charge) – On the 2014 roster bubble.
  26. CB Logan Ryan ($745,813 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  27. S Duron Harmon ($724,400 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  28. QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($723,436 cap charge) – Expected 2014 backup locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  29. WR Josh Boyce ($704,250 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  30. S Nate Ebner ($684,150 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price thanks to his rookie contract
  31. C Bryan Stork ($629,250 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  32. RB James White ($609,272 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  33. DE Michael Buchanan ($598,403 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  34. LB Steve Beauharnais ($596,898 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  35. WR Kenbrell Thompkins ($585,834 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  36. P Ryan Allen ($585,500 cap charge) – Expected 2014 punter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  37. OT Cameron Fleming ($585,146 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie
  38. OG Chris Barker ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  39. S Kanorris Davis ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  40. DT Chris Jones ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  41. OG Josh Kline ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  42. DT Joe Vellano ($585,000 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  43. WR Brian Tyms ($585,000 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season
  44. G Jon Halapio ($540,775 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  45. DE Zach Moore ($535,550 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  46. CB Jemea Thomas ($533,128 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract. If placed on IR in 2014 as part of the roster cutdowns, his cap number will decrease by $85,000 as he will not have earned a credited season for 2015.
  47. WR Jeremy Gallon ($521,898 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract. If placed on IR in 2014 as part of the roster cutdowns, his cap number will decrease by $85,000 as he will not have earned a credited season for 2015.
  48. LB Cameron Gordon ($515,000 cap charge) – Cameron needs to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2014 roster.
  49. RB Roy Finch ($511,666 cap charge) – Roy Finch is on the roster bubble and may make the 2014 practice squad and then signed to a futures contract in early 2015 making his 2015 salary $435,000.
  50. S Shamiel Gary ($511,666 cap charge) – Shamiel may make the 2014 practice squad and then signed to a futures contract in early 2015 making his 2015 salary $435,000.
  51. CB Travis Hawkins ($511,666 cap charge) – Travis is on the roster bubble and may make the 2014 practice squad and then signed to a futures contract in early 2015 making his 2015 salary $435,000.
  52. CB Malcolm Butler ($510,000 cap charge) – Malcolm has been making some noise at training camp and may make the 2014 roster.
  53. C Braxston Cave ($510,000 cap charge) – The Patriots would probably love to see Braxston (420K salary) beat out Dan Connolly ($3m salary) for a 2014 roster spot as that would free up over $2.5 million in cap space.
  54. LB Ja’Gared Davis ($510,000 cap charge) – Ja’Gared needs to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2014 roster.
  55. OT Jordan Devey ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Jordan to make the 2014 roster. Expect him to once again be on the Patriots practice squad. Expect that Devey will be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  56. RB Reggie Dunn ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Reggie to make the 2014 roster. Expect him to be on the 2015 Patriots practice squad. Expect that Reggie will be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  57. LB Darius Fleming ($510,000 cap charge) – Darius needs to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2014 roster.
  58. RB Jonas Gray ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Jonas make the 2014 roster. Expect him to be on the 2014 Patriots practice squad. Expect that Jonas will be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  59. WR Derrick Johnson ($510,000 cap charge) – Derrick may make the 2014 practice squad and then signed to a futures contract in early 2015 making his 2015 salary $435,000.
  60. DT Eathyn Manumaleuna -
    Do not expect Tuipulotu to make the 2014 roster. May make the 2014 Patriots practice squad. If he does, expect him to be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  61. LB Taylor McCuller ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect McCuller make the 2014 roster. Expect him to be on the 2014 Patriots practice squad. Expect that Taylor will be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  62. LB James Morris ($510,000 cap charge) – James needs to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2014 roster.
  63. LB Deontae Skinner ($510,000 cap charge) – Is a good candidate to be placed on NFI the entire season which would make his 2015 salary $435,000
  64. CB Daxton Swanson ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Swanson to make the 2014 roster. May make the 2014 Patriots practice squad. If he does, expect him to be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  65. DT L.T. Tuipulotu ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Tuipulotu to make the 2014 roster. May make the 2014 Patriots practice squad. If he does, expect him to be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  66. WR Wilson Van Hooser -
    Do not expect Van Hooser make the 2014 roster. May make the 2014 Patriots practice squad. If he does, expect him to be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  67. RB Tyler Gaffney ($435,000 cap charge) – Tyler will spend the 2014 season on Injured Reserve.
  68. TE Terrence Miller ($435,000 cap charge) – Terrence may spend the 2014 season on Injured Reserve if he does not reach an injury settlement with the Patriots by August 21st.
  69. WR Greg Orton ($435,000 cap charge) – Greg Orton will spend the 2014 season on Injured Reserve.

Please note that I am using one of Adamjt13′s post as a template for this portion. I currently have the 2015 Patriots’ current cap number as $146,350,576 with 69 signed players. For simplicity sake, I will round this figure to $146.35 million. The following factors will change that:

  • Exclusive Rights Free agents – The Patriots are scheduled to have three players eligible for exclusive rights free agency in 2015. They are James Develin, Ben Bass and Sealver Siliga. Their tender offers will be $660,000. Add the duo to the Top 51 list will displace three players with salaries of $510,000 from the list add $450,000 to the Patriots 2015 cap commitments making it now $146.8 million with 72 players signed or tendered.
  • Voided years – I am projecting that no Patriot had voided years in their contracts. By rule, the prorated signing bonuses from the voided years would have accelerated into 2014, and, after using the remaining 2014 cap space, would have carried over into 2015.
  • Restricted free agents. The Patriots have one player eligible for restricted free agency – Brandon Bolden who was undrafted. Below are the possible projected tenders.
    • Level 1: $1,503,000 (Right of First Refusal)
    • Level 2: $1,503,000 or 110% of 2014 salary (Original Round Pick)
    • Level 3: $2,296,000 or 110% of 2014 salary (Second Round Pick)
    • Level 4: $3,269,000 or 110% of 2014 salary (First Round Pick)

    I believe that the Patriots will not tender Brandon Bolden at the Right of First Refusal level ($1,503,000) which will make Bolden an free agent in 2015. Please note that I doubt that Bolden will make the 2014 roster but things could change between now and roster cutdowns

  • Minimum salary increase – Any player whose base salary specified in his contract is lower than the minimum salary for a player of his experience level is automatically given a raise to the minimum salary. For 2015, this situation does NOT yet apply to a Patriots player. A player has to be on the 53-man roster for at least 3 games in 2014 for 2014 to count as a credited season.
  • Proven Performance Escalator – As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Jake Bequette, Nate Ebner, and Alfonzo Dennard are eligible for it in 2015. An eligible player will qualify for the Proven Performance Escalator in his fourth League Year if: (1) he participated in a minimum of 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays in any two of his previous three regular seasons; or (2) he participated in a “cumulative average” of at least 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays over his previous three regular seasons. Jake Bequette has played in 2.7% of the defensive snaps in 2012 and 1% of the defensive snaps in 2013. Nate Ebner played in 3.3% of the defensive snaps in 2012 and 0.4% of the defensive snaps in 2013. Alfonzo Dennard played in 53.3% of the defensive snaps in 2012 and 62.3% of the defensive snaps in 2013. Irregardless of what he does in 2014, Alfonzo Dennard has already reached the escalator so his 2015 cap number will increase from $674,462 to $1,517,462, an increase of $843,000.After all of the above we have $146.8 million in 2015 cap commitments with 72 players signed or tendered.
  • Incentives adjustment – I think that more Patriots will reach their incentives than will not which will decrease the amount of cap space that the Pats can carry over into 2015. As of August 24 the Patriots have about $4,466,250 in NLTBE incentives that I consider easily reachable by the player.
    • Mayo’s per-game roster bonus – $312,500 if Mayo plays all 16 games
    • Mayo’s Pro Bowl bonus – $300,000 if Mayo is selected to the Pro Bowl
    • Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $2 million if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps, $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps
    • Amendola’s per-game roster bonus – $125,000 if Amendola plays all 16 games
    • Hoomanawanui’s per-game roster bonus – $18,750 if Hoomanawanui plays all 16 games
    • Browner’s per-game roster bonus – $600,000 if Browner plays in 12 games
    • Wilfork’s per-game roster bonus – $1,050,000 if Wilfork plays all 16 games.
    • Chung’s per-game roster bonus – $60,000 if Chung plays all 16 games.

    A reached NLTBE incentive in 2014 can adversely impacts the Patriots 2015 cap in two ways. It will lower the team’s 2015 adjusted cap number while also increasing the player’s cap number for 2015. Let’s use Vollmer as an example. Let’s presume that he plays in 95% of the offensive snaps in 2014. For simplicity sake, let’s also pretend that no other Patriot had incentives in their contract. By playing in over 90% of the offensive snaps, that would mean that he reached his 2 million NTLBE playing time incentive. Let’s assume that the 2015 cap is announced to be $140 million. The Patriots adjusted cap number would be decreased by the $2 million making it $138 million. Because he reached the incentive in 2014, the 90% playing time would be considered LTBE for 2015 increasing Vollmer’s cap number from $4.5 million to $6.5 million. That reached NLTBE incentive just lowered the Patriots 2015 cap space by $4 million. As you can see by that example, it is possible that as players reach their NTLBE incentives in 2014 the Patriots 2015 cap space will shrink greatly. For more information on incentives and their possible impact on the Patriots salary cap please see this blog

  • Isaac Sopoaga – In the spring of 2013 the Eagles had signed Sopoaga to a 3 year contract. One million of his 2014 salary was fully guaranteed. In the fall of 2013 the Eagles traded Sopoaga to the Patriots. In March of 2014 the Patriots released Sopoaga taking a one million dead money hit on their 2014 cap number. Isaac Sopoaga signed an one-year deal ($855,000 salary) with the Cardinals. So whatever Sopoaga earns from the Cardinals in 2014 the Patriots will receive a credit in 2015 up to the $855,000. For more information see this blog post.
  • When the 2011 lockout ended with the adoption of the new CBA, the Salary Cap was reduced from $132M in 2009 to $120.6M in 2011. As a way to ease the transition into this lower Cap, the transition rules allow teams to “borrow” $4.5M over the first two seasons of the new CBA ($3M in 2011, $1.5M in 2012). From the CBA – “Clubs shall identify in writing to the NFL prior to the beginning of each of the 2014-17 League Years, the amount of any offset described in Subsections (i) and (ii) above that shall apply for such League Year. If a Club has not identified its entire offset as of the first day of the 201 6 League Year, then the remaining offset balance shall apply in the 2017 League Year.
    Do not know if the Patriots borrowed cap space in 2011 or in 2012. Heard that most teams did. Do know that they did not pay back cap space in 2014. Do know that some other teams (Jets – $4.5 million; Ravens and Steelers – $1.125 million; Texans – $1.5 million; Colts – $3 million) did pay back cap space right before the start of the 2014 League Year. If the Patriots did “borrow” cap space in 2011/2012, they could decide to pay back some of it in 2015.
  • Aaron Hernandez – The most cap relief I expect that Patriots to get from Aaron Hernandez is $4,466,800. $4,466,800 equals $3,250,000 (final installment of signing bonus which was due on March 31, 2014) plus $1,216,800 (the total grievance amount that I think hit the 2013 cap). Given that Hernandez’s murder trials are scheduled after the start of the 2015 League Year, if the Pats do win the right to withhold the $3.25 million signing bonus I take this portion of the CBA – In the event that a Club receives a refund from the player of any previously-paid Salary, or the Club fails to pay any previously allocated portion of a signing bonus (including any amount treated as signing bonus), such amount as has previously been included in Team Salary shall be credited to the Club’s Team Salary for the next League Year it is likely that the $3.25 million credit will hit the 2016 cap as the Pats have not yet won the right to withheld the final installment of Hernandez’s signing bonus. Precedent – The Patriots received a credit on their 2014 salary for the 2013 partial return of Jonathan Fanene’s signing bonus. On the other hand, there is precedent for the Patriots receiving credit during the 2015 league year if they happen to win the $1,216,800 grievance over Hernandez’s guaranteed salaries and workout bonus. I do not believe that the Patriots will ever get a full credit for the $12.5 million signing bonus as I expect Aaron Hernandez to spend most, if not all, of his money on legal fees and settling lawsuits. For more information on Aaron Hernandez please see this blog.

To sum it up, I can easily see the Patriots being over the 2015 cap before the 2015 League Year begins and having to make moves in order to get under the 2015 cap.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting cap issues facing the Patriots in 2015 and beyond:

The big leaps: Four contracts will have huge salary-cap increases in 2015 — cornerback Darrelle Revis, left tackle Nate Solder, linebacker Jerod Mayo and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Revis’ cap cost will go from $7 million this year to $25 million next year. Solder’s cap cost will go from $2,717,429 to $7,438,000. Mayo’s cap cost will go from $7,287,500 in 2014 to $10,287,500 in 2015. Mayo’s 2015 cap number may go higher. If he makes the Pro Bowl in 2014, it would make his $300,000 Pro Bowl incentive LTBE for 2015 making it count against the 2015 cap. Right now, Mayo’s 46-man active roster bonuses count $187,500 against the 2014 cap. If Mayo were to play in 16 games in 2014, the 46-game active roster bonuses cost against the 2015 cap would increase from $187,500 to $500,000. Gronk’s cap cost will go from $5,400,000 in 2014 to $8,650,000 in 2015.

Smaller bounces: The other cap jumps in 2015 are more modest. Vince Wilfork, Danny Amendola, Kyle Arrington, Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman and Brandon Browner are all scheduled for increases between $1 million and $3 million. No one else on the roster is scheduled to go up by more than $500,000.

Big decisions coming right around the start of the 2015 League Year

  • Darrelle Revis – The Patriots have an option on Revis’ April 1, 2015 roster bonus. They must decide to pick up the option or not by the end of the 2014 League Year. Have created a blog post dedicated to examining Darrelle Revis’s comparables and proposing six different contracts for him and the Patriots.
  • Brandon Browner – Brandon Brown earns a $2 million roster bonus if he is on the Patriots 90-man roster the first day of the 2015 League Year
  • Vince Wilfork – Vince Wilfork earns a $4 million roster bonus if he is on the Patriots roster the first day of the 2015 League Year
  • Rob Gronkowski – Gronk’s 2015 $4.75 million salary becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the Patriots roster the first day of the 2015 League Year. Also, if Gronk is on the Patriots roster the first day of the 2015 League Year there will be a $2 million proration of his 2016 million option bonus that will officially hit the Patriots 2015 cap.
  • Rob Ninkovich – 1 million of Ninkovich’s 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed the 5th day of the Patriots league year.
  • Nate Solder – Solder’s 2015 $7.438 million salary becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the Patriots roster the first day of the 2015 League Year.

A look at the Patriots’ 2015 contracts shows that 14 players make up over eighty percent of the 2015 projected cap number. Those 14 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $114,033,833, or 81 percent of the projected cap number of $140 million. Excluding Revis, the 13 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $89,033,833, or 64 percent of the $140 million figure.

They are:

  1. $25,000,000 ……Darrelle Revis
  2. $13,000,000 ……Tom Brady
  3. $11,000,000 ……Logan Mankins
  4. $10,287,500 ……Jerod Mayo
  5. $8,650,000 ……Rob Gronkowski
  6. $8,058,333 ……Vince Wilfork
  7. $7,438,000 ……Nate Solder
  8. $5,575,000 ……Danny Amendola
  9. $4,700,000 ……Brandon Browner
  10. $4,625,000 ……Kyle Arrington
  11. $4,500,000 ……Sebastian Vollmer
  12. $4,250,000 ……Julian Edelman
  13. $3,950,000 ……Rob Ninkovich
  14. $3,000,000 ……Brandon Lafell

Safe to say that anybody on that list, other than Brady and Solder, could become a cap casualty after this upcoming season.

Any player the Patriots release or trade after June 1, 2014 season will give the Patriots dead money on the 2015 cap if the player had a signing bonus that was still being pro-rated over the 2015 season. To determine the amount of dead money add the remaining pro-rated amounts and any guaranteed salaries. The longer the player is still under contract and the larger his initial signing bonus, the higher that number will be.

How much dead money in 2015 would the Patriots have after releasing some of their higher-priced players after June 1, 2014?

  • $5,000,000 …..Darrelle Revis * dead money increases to $17,000,000 the begining of the 2015 League Year
  • $4,000,000 …..Logan Mankins
  • $6,000,000 …..Jerod Mayo
  • $3,300,000 …..Rob Gronkowski * dead money increases to $10,050,000 the beginning of the 2015 League Year
  • $866,667 …..Vince Wilfork * dead money increases to $4,866,667 the begininng of the 2015 League Year
  • $0 …..Nate Solder * dead money increases to $7,438,000 the beginning of the 2015 League Year
  • $3,600,000 …..Danny Amendola
  • $0 …..Brandon Browner * dead money increases to $2,000,000 the beginning of the 2015 League Year
  • $3,250,000 …..Kyle Arrington
  • $3,500,000 …..Sebastian Vollmer
  • $3,750,000 …..Julian Edelman
  • $2,500,000 …..Rob Ninkovich * dead money increases to $3,500,000 the 5th day of the 2015 League Year
  • $2,000,000 …..Brandon Lafell

Subtract dead money and $435,000 (salary of the player who will take released player’s spot in the Top 51 list) from the player’s 2015 cap number to get the potential cap savings. Example, Mankins has a 2015 cap number of $11,000,000. Subtract 4,000,000 from that and you get $7,000,000. Subtract $435,000 from $7,000,000 and you get $6,565,000 in cap savings. If the Patriots released with, say, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Logan Mankins, Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Vince Wilfork in February of 2015, they would have a net gain of $44,459,166 in cap space.

Of course, the Patriots could reach extensions with some Patriots to lower their 2015 cap numbers, most notably Revis and Solder.

As of August 11, 2014 the Patriots have a total of $11,334 hitting the 2015 cap as dead money.

I started off this post stating that the Patriots are going to have to make several difficult and most likely unpopular decisions in the next year to become active participants in 2015 free agency. I would like to end up this post with my predictions.

  • Pick up Revis’ option? No.
  • Extend Revis’ option? Only if the APY of the real money in the deal is $14 million or lower.
  • Pick up Browner’s option? If he plays well in 2014, Yes. Otherwise, no.
  • If Revis and Browner are part of the Patriots’ long term plans, Arrington will probably be released sometime in 2015
  • Release Gronk before the start of the 2015 League Year? Yes, if he continues to miss a good number of games in 2014.
  • Keep the running back duo of Ridley and Vereen? No. One will remain a Patriot. The other will attempt to find success elsewhere in the NFL.
  • Keep the trio of Lafell, Amendola and Edelman for the 2015 season? One maybe two will have to go to create cap space and roster space for the younger wideouts on the team.
  • Keep or extend Mankins? His play in 2014 will decide the answer. I am guessing the latter.
  • Keep Mayo? If Mayo has a repeat of the 2013 season and Jamie Collins steps up in 2014 Mayo may be too expensive to keep in 2015
  • Reach a deal with McCourty? Yes

For more information about the 2015 Patriots salary cap page see my 2015 Patriots salary cap page

Updated on 8/22 with the amount of Sopoaga’s salary

How can an injury to Arizona Cardinal defensive tackle Darnell Dockett lead to the New England Patriots getting a $855,000 credit on their 2015 cap?

Because of Darnell Dockett’s injury the Cardinals signed Isaac Sopoaga to a contract on August 20th. Sopoaga was released by the Patriots earlier this year on March 12. Since part of this 2014 salary (1 million) was fully guaranteed, the one million dollars hit the 2014 Patriots salary cap. Isaac had been traded to the Patriots by the Eagles in the fall of 2013. In the spring of 2013 the Eagles had signed Sopoaga to a 3 year contract. The Eagles have a policy of having offset in their salary guarantees so if they released a player whose salary is guaranteed and that player is signed by another team whatever earnings he earns from the new team will offset the guarantee. Sopoaga’s 1m salary guarantee included an offset

Sopoaga signed an one-year deal ($855,000 salary) with the Cardinals. So whatever Sopoaga earns from the Cardinals in 2014 the Patriots will receive a credit in 2015 up to the $855,000.

This past week’s (8/18/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.On August 10th the Patriots waived Asa Watson. Watson received a $3,000 signing bonus on May 10 and had $17,000 of his salary guaranteed making his dead money hit $18,000 ($1,000 plus $17,000). Patriots lost $17,000 in cap space as a result of his waiver.
2.On August 10th the Patriots also waived Justin Jones. Jones received a $5,000 signing bonus on May 10 and had $10,000 of his salary guaranteed making his dead money hit $11,666 ($1,666 plus $10,000). Patriots lost $10,000 in cap space as a result of his waiver.
3.On August 10th the Patriots also waived Stephen Houston. Houston received a $7,500 signing bonus on May 10 and had $15,000 of his salary guaranteed making his dead money hit $17,500 ($2,500 plus $15,000). Patriots lost $15,000 in cap space as a result of his waiver.
4.On August 10th the Patriots signed Ben Hartsock. They released him on August 14th. These two transactions cancel each other out resulting in no cap impact on the Patriots.
5.On August 10th the Patriots also signed Terrence Miller. His signing did not affect the 2014 salary cap at all because he did not receive a signing bonus and his rookie salary was not large enough to crack the Top 51 list.
6.On August 10th the Patriots signed Steve Maneri. His signing cost the Patriots $150,000 in cap space as his $570,000 salary displaced a player with a $420,000 salary from the Top 51 list
7.On August 11th Aaron Dobson was removed from the PUP list leaving Jeremy Gallon as the sole Patriot remaining on the PUP list.
8.Also on August 11th Dominique Easley was removed from the NFI list leaving Chris Martin as the sole Patriot remaining on the NFI list.
9. On August 13th the Patriots traded Justin Green for Ben Bass. Trade had no cap impact as both players have the same salaries of $420,000.
10. Also on August 13th the Patriots traded a future conditional pick for Jerel Worthy. His signing cost the Patriots $328,928 in cap space as his $748,928 salary displaced Michael Buchanan’s $495,000 salary from the Top 51 list
11. On August 13th the Patriots waived/injured Terrence Miller clearing a roster spot for Worthy. On August 14th Miller cleared waivers and was placed on IR. On August 15th the Patriots and Miller reached an injury settlement removing him from the IR list.
12.Updated my blog post that lists the Patriots eligible for the practice squad

13. Updated my listing of the New England Patriots dead money.
14. Updated my 2015 salary cap preview.
15.The Patriots started the week with $6,553,532 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,107,604 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 89 players on their 90-man active roster and one player on Injured Reserve

Updating this to include the impact of the recent waivers of Justin Jones, Asa Watson, and Stephen Houston.

Aaron Hernandez- $7,532,800. I write more about Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications in another blog post.
Isaac Sopoaga – $1,000,000
Steve Gregory – $833,334
Adrian Wilson – $666,667
Ras-I Dowling -$589,382
Daniel Fells – $333,334
Lavelle Hawkins – $75,000
James Morris – $20,000
Asa Watson – $18,000 (Watson was waived by the New England Patriots on August 10 after receiving a $3,000 signing bonus on May 10 and having $17,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $18,000 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Stephen Houston – $17,500 (Houston was waived by the New England Patriots on August 10 after receiving a $7,500 signing bonus and having $15,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $17,500 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Justin Jones – $11,666 (Justin Jones was waived by the New England Patriots on August 10 after receiving a $5,000 signing bonus on May 10 and having $10,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $11,666 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Sudfeld, Zachary -$8,000
Ben Bartholomew – $6,667
T.J. Moe – $5,334
Elvis Fisher – $5,000
Markus Zusevics – $4,334
Kanorris Davis – $3,334 (Davis was waived by the Pats on 8/31/2013 after receiving a signing bonus in May, 2013. The $3,334 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver.
Chris McDonald -$3,334
Cory Grissom – $2,667
Josh Kline – $2,667 (Kline was waived by the Pats on 9/2/2013 after receiving a signing bonus in May, 2013. The $2,667 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Francis, Justin – $2,334
Jones, Brandon – $2,334
Ford, Brandon – $2,000
Morris, Stephon – $1,667
Stankiewitch, Matt – $1,667
Tyler Beck – $1,500
Zupancic, Mike – $1,334
Cherrington, Dewayne $667
Quentin Hines – $667
Michael Jenkins – (-$79,200)
Jonathan Fanene – (-$360,000)
Total – $10,699,990

This past week’s (8/11/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.On August 2nd the Patriots waived Cole Stanford. His waiving did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51 nor did he receive a signinh bonus or have any part of his salary guaranteed.
2.On August 3rd the Patriots re-signed James Morris. This signing did not affect the Patriots salary cap at all since he did not receive a signing bonus and his rookie salary is not large enoough to crack the Top 51 list.
3.Updated my blog post that lists the Patriots eligible for the practice squad
4.Updated my salary cap breakdowns. My breakdowns include the following:

  • Player’s age
  • future cap hits
  • when player hits Free Agency
  • a comparison to NFL average for position
  • Lists player’s salary cap rank among the Patriots and among the players at same position if the Patriot is among the Top 50 at his position
  • ?lists Most overpaid
  • Also lists Most underpaid.
  • Net cap savings if cut
  • 2014 and 2015 dead money hits if cut

This past week I updated the running backs and defensive tackles positions.
5.) Since it was reported/rumored earlier this month that the Patriots have started/picked up their contract extension talks with Darrelle Revis decided to create a blog post dedicated to examining Darrelle Revis’s comparables and proposing six different contracts for him and the Patriots.
6.The Patriots started the week with $6,553,532 in cap space. They ended the week with the same in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their 90-man active roster and one player on Injured Reserve. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $10,116,019.56 so the Patriots have just under $3.5 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space.

2014 Patriots Running Back Position Salary Cap Breakdown – Updated on 8/10/2014

As you can see below, the Patriots have eight running backs signed for the 2014 season. The CBA prohibits any changes to the contract of James White until after the 2016 regular season since he was drafted in 2014. Any extensions for Vereen, Bolden, or Ridley this season will only increase their cap numbers since their salaries are already so low.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Steven Ridley 25 $939,750 UFA
Shane Vereen 25 $1,101,275 UFA
James White 22 $519,272 $609,272 $699,272 $789,272 UFA
Brandon Bolden 24 $574,582 RFA UFA
Roy Finch 22 $421,668 $511,668 $601,668 RFA UFA
Jonas Gray 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
James Develin 26 $570,000 ERFA RFA UFA
Tyler Gaffney 24 $303,000 $435,000 $525,000 $615,000 UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$3,709,045. Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, and Develin are all in the Top 51 with White and Finch counting $99,272 and $1,666, respectively, against the Patriots salary cap currently.
Running Back Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:2.36 percent (lowest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value$4,849,045
Compared to NFL average of $8,920,903: 45.64 percent less
NFL positional rank: 28th

Most overpaid:None. Since none of the eight have reached unrestricted free agency, all of them have contracts that were either slotted by their draft position or have the minimum salary for a player with the same level of experience. Therefore, none of them have a contract that could be considered favorable or unfavorable to the Patriots.
Most underpaid:None. Since none of the eight have reached unrestricted free agency, all of them have contracts that were either slotted by their draft position or have the minimum salary for a player with the same level of experience. Therefore, none of them have a contract that could be considered favorable or unfavorable to the Patriots.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking
Shane Vereen $1,101,275 NFL: 50th; Patriots: 26th
Stevan Ridley $939,750 Patriots: 28th
Brandon Bolden $574,582 Patriots: 46th
James Develin $570,000 Patriots: 47th
James White $519,272 Patriots: 52nd
Roy Finch $421,666 Patriots: tied for 61st
Jonas Gray $420,000 Patriots: Tied for 74th
Tyler Gaffney $303,000 Patriots: Tied for 90th

Credits: I would like to thank Mike Rodak for coming up with this template and OvertheCap.Com’s Jason Fitzgerald for his salary cap information .

If you have any corrections, suggestion, questions, and/or comments, please feel free to ask me a question on the PatsFans.Com message board or email me at patscap at cox dot net.

Crafting a contract extension for Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots

It was reported/rumored during the first week in August that the Patriots and Darrelle Revis had started talks about extending his contract which is due to expire after the 2015 season. It seems appropriate to now look at his comparables and propose a contract that I consider fair to both him and the Patriots.

Background information: Darrelle Revis will be 29 years old when the 2014 season starts. Revis has been selected to five Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and has earned three first-team All Pro honors (2009, 2010 and 2011). Revis was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 after finishing the year with 72 total tackles and six interceptions.

When Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots on March 12, it was widely reported to be an one-year $12 million deal. On March 13 ESPNBoston.Com’s Mike Reiss reported that “An important wrinkle has been learned about the contract Darrelle Revis has agreed to with the Patriots. It has widely been reported as a one-year, $12 million deal, which is accurate. Revis will earn $12 million this season. But for salary-cap accounting purposes, and to protect Revis from being assigned the franchise tag in 2015, the sides have added a second year to the pact in 2015 that would pay Revis $20 million and count $25 million against the salary cap. The $20 million is an astronomical figure, as is the $25 million cap charge. That makes it unlikely the Patriots would pay it, thus making Revis an unrestricted free agent in 2015 or one of the highest-paid players in football. The second year helps the Patriots spread out the salary-cap charges for Revis over two seasons instead of taking one $12 million salary-cap hit in 2014. Revis’ cap charge for 2014 is now $7 million.”

There have been four recent rankings of the NFL’s Top 100 players. They were done by Pro Football Focus, CBS Sportsline’s Pete Prisco, CBS Sportsline’s Pat Kirwan, and NFL players as tabulated by NFL Network. Revis ranked 18th, 28th, 21st, and 38th respectively.

Player Date of Birth Pro Football Focus Pete Prisco Pat Kirwan NFL Players
Darrelle Revis 7/14/1985 18 28 21 38
Richard Sherman 3/30/1988 6 11 13 7
Joe Haden 4/18/1989 75 33 28 39
Patrick Peterson 7/11/1990 58 8 7 22

Now let’s look at some financial comparables. Richard Sherman is almost 3 years younger than Revis. Sherman’s contract contains $40 million in guarantees. His 2014 salary is fully guaranteed. His 2015 salary will become fully guaranteed five days after the Super Bowl. All of his 2016 salary and 5 million of his 2017 salary will become fully guaranteed five days after the 2016 Super Bowl.

Richard Sherman
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $1,431,000 $2,245,606 $0 $0 $3,676,606 $3,245,606 in 2014;$8,800,000 in 2015 0 $12,431,000 $12,431,000
2015 $10,000,000 $2,200,000 $0 $0 $12,200,000 $8,800,000 $3,400,000 $10,000,000 $22,431,000
2016 $12,569,000 $2,200,000 $0 $0 $14,769,000 $6,600,000 $8,169,000 $12,569,000 $35,000,000
2017 $11,431,000 $2,200,000 $0 $0 $13,631,000 $4,400,000 $9,231,000 $11,431,000 $46,431,000
2018 $11,000,000 $2,200,000 $0 $0 $13,000,000 $2,200,000 $10,800,000 $11,000,000 $57,431,000

Joe Haden is almost 4 years younger than Revis. Haden received over $45 million in guarantees, the most ever received by a cornerback. His 2014, 2015, and 2016 salaries are guaranteed. 4 million of his 2017 salary is guaranteed. Haden has a $100,000 incentive for making it to the Pro Bowl.

Joe Haden
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Pro Bowl Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $6,678,193 $5,149,702 $100,000 $200,000 $12,127,895 $45,078,193 ($32,950,298) $22,978,193 $22,978,193
2015 $8,300,000 $3,200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $11,700,000 $35,200,000 ($23,500,000) $8,500,000 $31,478,193
2016 $10,100,000 $3,200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $13,500,000 $23,700,000 $(10,200,000) $10,300,000 $41,778,193
2017 $11,100,000 $3,200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $14,500,000 $10,400,000 $4,100,000 $11,300,000 $53,078,193
2018 $11,100,000 $3,200,000 $100,000 $100,000 $14,500,000 $6,400,000 $8,100,000 $11,300,000 $64,378,193
2019 $10,400,000 $0 $100,000 $100,000 $10,600,000 $0 $10,600,000 $10,600,000 $74,978,193

Patrick Peterson is almost 5 years younger than Revis. Peterson, like Richard Sherman, was named to the first All-Pro team in 2013. Peterson’s 2014 salary is fully guaranteed. His 2015 and 2016 salary are guaranteed for injury now and will become fully guaranteed the 5th day of that year’s waiver period.

Patrick Peterson
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Pro Bowl Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $889,114 $6,048,195 $0 $0 $6,937,309 $6,937,309 in 2014, $12,289,509 in 2015 $0 $16,250,000 $16,250,000
2015 $11,619,000 $3,072,377 $0 $250,000 $14,941,377 $23,908,509 ($8,967,132) $11,869,000 $28,120,000
2016 $9,750,000 $3,072,377 $0 $250,000 $13,072,377 $18,967,132 ($5,894,754) $10,000,000 $38,120,000
2017 $9,750,000 $3,072,377 $0 $250,000 $13,072,377 $15,894,754 ($2,822,377) $10,000,000 $48,120,000
2018 $11,000,000 $3,072,377 $0 $250,000 $14,322,377 $3,072,377 $11,250,000 $11,250,000 $59,370,000
2019 $11,000,000 $0 $0 $250,000 $11,250,000 $0 $11,250,000 $11,250,000 $70,620,000
2020 $12,050,000 $0 $250,000 $250,000 $12,550,000 $0 $12,550,000 $12,550,000 $83,170,000

Therefore, it seems reasonable to venture that a Revis extension in the $12 to $14 million per year average range would be fair for both sides and would recognize that Revis, while better than Sherman, Haden, and Peterson, is also older than the aforementioned trio. An extension will lower Revis’ 2015 $25 million cap number. Here is one example how:

Extend Revis through the 2017 season.
Give him a $14.25 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 3 years (2015/2016/2017)
Lower his salary from $7,000,000 to $1,000,000.
Eliminate the $12.5 million roster bonus
2015 Current cap number of $25,000,000 consists of:
$7,500,000 salary
$5,000,000 signing bonus proration
$12,500,000 roster bonus paid on 4/1/2015
$500,000 46-man active roster bonus

Proposed 2015 cap number of $11,250,000 consists of:
$1,000,000 salary (fully guaranteed)
$5,000,000 existing bonus proration
$4,750,000 new signing bonus proration
$500,000 46-man active roster bonus

Proposed 2016 cap number of $14,750,000 consists of:
$9,500,000 salary (5.25 million guaranteed for injury now; becomes fully guaranteed the 5th day after the 2016 Super Bowl)
$4,750,000 new signing bonus proration
$500,000 46-man active roster bonus

Proposed 2017 cap number of $14,750,000 consists of:
$9,500,000 salary
$4,750,000 signing bonus proration
$500,000 46-man active roster bonus

This deal averages 12 million per year in new money over the three extended years. That 12M APY would give Revis the 4th highest APY for a cornerback and more cash in Years 1, 2 and 3 than will Richard Sherman receive in his extension.

Darrelle Revis – 12M APY
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $1,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $7,000,000 $6,500,000 $5,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
2015 $1,000,000 $9,750,000 $500,000 $0 $11,250,000 $15,250,000 ($4,000,000) $15,750,000 $27,750,000
2016 $9,500,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,750,000 $14,750,000 $0 $10,000,000 $37,750,000
2017 $9,750,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,750,000 $4,750,000 $10,250,000 $10,250,000 $48,000,000

This next deal averages 13 million per year in new money over the three extended years. That 13M APY would give Revis the 4th highest APY for a cornerback and more cash in Years 1, 2 and 3 ($39 million) than will the trio received ($38,315,000) in their extensions. The 2015 salary will be fully guaranteed. $5.25 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed for injury now and will become fully guaranteed the 5th day after the 2016 Super Bowl)

Darrelle Revis – 13M APY
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $1,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $7,000,000 $6,500,000 $5,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
2015 $4,000,000 $9,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,250,000 $18,250,000 ($4,000,000) $18,750,000 $30,750,000
2016 $9,500,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,750,000 $14,750,000 $0 $10,000,000 $40,750,000
2017 $9,750,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,750,000 $4,750,000 $10,250,000 $10,250,000 $51,000,000

This next deal averages 14 million per year in new money over the three extended years. That 14M APY would tie Revis for the 2nd highest APY for a cornerback and more cash in Years 1, 2 and 3 than any other cornerback in NFL history. The 2015 salary will be fully guaranteed. $6.25 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed for injury now and will become fully guaranteed the 5th day after the 2016 Super Bowl) making it the same cap number to keep Revis on or off the Patriots roster.

Darrelle Revis – 14M APY
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $1,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $7,000,000 $6,500,000 $5,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
2015 $4,000,000 $9,750,000 $500,000 $0 $14,250,000 $18,250,000 ($4,000,000) $18,750,000 $30,750,000
2016 $10,500,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $15,750,000 $15,750,000 $0 $11,000,000 $41,750,000
2017 $11,750,000 $4,750,000 $500,000 $0 $17,000,000 $4,750,000 $12,250,000 $12,250,000 $54,000,000

This next deal averages 15 million per year in new money over the three extended years. Revis would get a $15 million signing bonus. That 15M APY would give Revis the highest APY for a cornerback in the NFL The 2015 salary will be fully guaranteed. $6 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed for injury now and will become fully guaranteed the 5th day after the 2016 Super Bowl) making it the same cap number to keep Revis on or off the Patriots roster. Revis will end up earning as much cash ($57 million) in 4 years (2014 through 2017) as will Brady over 5 years (2013 through 2017).

Darrelle Revis – 15M APY
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $1,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $7,000,000 $6,500,000 $5,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
2015 $5,000,000 $10,000,000 $500,000 $0 $15,500,000 $20,000,000 ($5,000,000) $20,500,000 $32,500,000
2016 $10,500,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 $0 $11,000,000 $43,500,000
2017 $13,000,000 $5,000,000 $500,000 $0 $18,500,000 $5,000,000 $13,500,000 $13,500,000 $57,000,000

This next proposal tries to give Revis the average cash intake that Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman received in their 3 extensions. The problem I found crafting this proposal was do I factor the $10 million signing bonus already given to Revis. Do I consider it part of the extension? Or do I consider it as part of a brand new deal?Extends Revis through the 2019 season (on average the trio is signed through the 2019 season)
Gives him a $15 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019)
Lowers his 2014 salary from $1,500,000 to $730,000 (the lowest possible salary for a player with 6 credited seasons)
Lowers his 2015 salary from $7,500,000 to $1,000,000
Eliminates the 2015 $12.5 million roster bonus
Guarantees fully his 2014,2015, and 2016 salaries.
Deal gives him more cash in Year 1 than the trio and then ends up giving up the average for the rest of the deal

Darrelle Revis – Getting an average of the Haden, Peterson, and Sherman deals
Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings Cash Received Total Cash Received
2014 $735,000 $8,000,000 $500,000 $9,235,000 $36,835,000 ($10,635,000 in 2014), ($7,500,000 in 2015) $26,235,000 $26,235,000
2015 $1,000,000 $8,000,000 $500,000 $9,500,000 $28,100,000 ($18,600,000) $1,500,000 $27,735,000
2016 $10,100,000 $3,000,000 $500,000 $13,600,000 $19,100,000 ($5,500,000) $10,600,000 $38,335,000
2017 $10,400,000 $3,000,000 $500,000 $10,900,000 $6,000,000 $4,700,000 $10,900,000 $49,235,000
2018 $10,700,000 $3,000,000 $500,000 $11,200,000 $3,000,000 $9,200,000 $11,200,000 $60,435,000
2018 $10,650,000 $0 $500,000 $11,150,000 $0 $11,150,000 $11,150,000 $71,585,000

http://overthecap.com/freeagents.php?Position=CB&Year=2015 lists the cornerbacks who will become free agents after this season. As of now, Revis should be considered the best available free agent cornerback. There is no one that I consider to be in Revis’ class.http://overthecap.com/top-player-salaries.php?Position=CB
lists the APYs for cornerbacks.A extension with a 12M APY would make Revis the 4th highest paid cornerback
12.5M APY would make Revis the 4th highest paid cornerback
13M APY would make Revis the 4th highest paid cornerback
13.5M APY would tie Revis for 3rd
14M APY would tie Revis for 2nd
14.01M APY would tie Revis for 1st