Linebackers – As you can see below, the Patriots have eleven linebackers signed for the 2014 season. Mayo has a $300,000 NTLBE Pro Bowl incentive plus $31,250 per active game roster bonuses. Since Mayo played in 6 games in 2013, his LTBE roster amount is $31,250 times 6, or $187,500. I expect the Pats to leave themselves a cushion in the 600K neighborhood in the anticipation that Mayo will once again play 16 games and reach the Pro Bowl. The Patriots hold a fifth year option on Dont’a Hightower that will be worth the average value of the 3rd through 25th highest cap numbers at the linebacker position in 2014. That option must be picked up before May 4, 2015. The option is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed if Hightower is on the Patriots roster at the start of the 2016 league year. Right now, I project that the option amount to be $8.5 million but expect the number to be changed as deals with linebackers are made during the 2014 league year. The first day that the Patriots can extend Dont’a Hightower is the day after the 2014 regular season ends. It will be interesting to see if Hightower will improve his play so that he will be worth his option amount. Per the CBA, Jamie Collins’ rookie contract can not be changed until after the 2015 regular season ends. Both Collins and Hightower will become UFAs in 2017. Chris White played in 329 snaps last year – 328 of which were on special teams. White participated in 0.1% of defensive snaps and on 67.1% of special teams snaps.
|Name||Age||2014 Cap Number||2015 Cap Number||2016 Cap Number||2017 Cap Number||2018 Cap Number|
Total Top 51 cap value:$11,545,717 ($10,900,717 if one considers Chris White as a special teamer). Mayo, Hightower, Collins, White and Anderson are all in the Top 51 with Steve Beauharnais and Cameron Fleming counting $11,898 and $5,000, respectively against the Patriots salary cap currently.
Linebacker Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.84 percent (4th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)
Total Cap value:$14,215,717
Compared to NFL average of $17,254,745:17.61 percent less
NFL positional rank: 21st
Most overpaid:If I have to pick a linebacker, the only one that qualifies is Mayo as the rest of the linebackers are either on their rookie contracts or being made at the minimum salary for their years of experience.
Most underpaid:James Anderson.
|Name||2014 Cap Number||Ranking||2014 Cap Hit if Cut||2014 Net Cap Savings if Cut||2015 Cap Hit if Cut|
|Jerod Mayo||$7,287,500||Patriots: 3rd; 4-3 Outside LineBackers: 1st;Linebackers: 13th||$3,850,000||$2,942,500||$6,000,000|
|Dont’a Hightower||$2,106,546||Patriots: 19th; 4-3 Outside Linebackers: 18th||$2,106,546||-$495,000||$1,014,364|
|Jamie Collins||$854,733||Patriots:30t;4-3 Outside Linebackers: 34th||$518,340 (Cut)
|Chris White||$645,000||Patriots:tied for 36th||$150,000|
|James Anderson||$635,000||Patriots: 38th||$15,000||$140,000|
|Steve Beauharnais||$506,898||Patriots: 52nd||$11,898||$23,796|
|Darius Fleming||$495,000||Patriots:tied for 56th|
|Ja’Gared Davis||$420,000||Patriots: tied for 73rd|
|Deontae Skinner||$420,000||Patriots: tied for 73rd|
|Jordan Devey||$420,000||Patriots:tied for 73rd|
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 .
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