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Tracking New England Patriots incentives after Week 15

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.

In 2014 the Patriots received a credit of $2,002,250 toward their 2014 cap number because of the LTBE/NTLBE calculation. The 2014 Patriots adjusted cap of $139,109,051 consists of $133,000,000 (League Cap) + $2,002,250 (LTBE/NLTBE adjustment) + $4,106,081 (rollover amount from 2013 season.

LTBE Incentives ($7,473,750 total)

  • Matthew Slater has a 300K LTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Vince Wilfork’s weight bonus – $300,000.
  • Vince Wilfork’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000 – Earned Week 1.
  • Brandon Browner’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000 – Earned Week 5
  • 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. Ninkovich has played in 94.7% of the defensive snaps so far in 2014.
  • Michael Hoomanawanui’s playing time incentive – $400,000. Hoomananawanui played in 57.5% of the offensive snaps in 2013. Hoomanawanui has played in 43% of the offensive snaps so far in 2014.
  • Sebastian Vollmer’s 70% playing-time incentive- $1,000,000. In November the Patriots and Sebastian Vollmer agreed to lower the playing-time levels needed to earn incentives. Quoting the CBA – Any new or altered incentive bonuses renegotiated in a preexisting contract after the start of the regular season in which they may be earned automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” during that season”. Therefore, this incentive is considered LTBE not because Vollmer made the incentive in 2013 but because the incentive was changed during the 2014 regular season.

46-man per-game roster bonuses – As of December 8, 9:00 AM, the Patriots have $4,223,750 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2014 cap.

  • Brandon Browner has a $150,000 per active game roster bonus. Browner played in 8 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $1,200,000 ($150,000*8). Browner has been active for eight games this year.
  • Vince Wilfork has a $87,500 per game roster bonus. Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $350,000 ($87,500*4). Wilfork has already reached this incentive since he has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Darrelle Revis had a $33,333 per game roster bonus that maxes at $500,000 (15 games). Revis played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $500,000. Revis has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Danny Amendola has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Amendola played in 12 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $375,000 ($31,250*12). Amendola has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Julian Edelman has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $500,000 ($31,250*16). Edelman has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Jerod Mayo has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Mayo played in 6 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($31,250*6). Mayo has already reached this incentive since he had been active for 6 games this year.
  • Rob Ninkovich has a $15,625 per game roster bonus. Ninkovich played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $250,000 ($15,625*16). Ninkovich has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Patrick Chung has a $15,000 per game roster bonus. Chung played in 12 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $180,000 ($15,000*12). Chung has been active for all 14 games this year
  • Brandon Lafell has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Lafell played in 16 games last year so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500 *16). Lafell has been active for all 14 possible games this year.
  • Ryan Wendell has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Wendell played in 16 games last year so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500 *16). Wendell has been active for 12 games this year.
  • Michael Hoomanawanui has a $6,250 per game roster bonus. Hoomanawanui played in 13 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $81,250 ($6,250 *13). Hoomanawanui has been active for all 14 games this year

NLTBE Incentives ($9,416,250 total)

  • Rob Ninkovich has a 200K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Kyle Arrington has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Like to thank the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin for reminding me of this incentive.
  • Sebastian Vollmer has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Jerod Mayo has a 300K NLTBE Pro Bowk incentive
  • Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – another $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has placed in 94.1% of the offensive snaps this year.
  • Vince Wilfork’s Playing-time incentives:
    • If he plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps: $500,000
    • If he plays 60 percent of the defensive snaps: $1.25 million
    • If he plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps: $2 million
    • If he plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps and the team makes the divisional round of the playoffs, he makes $2.5 million
    • If Wilfork plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps and the team is top 10 in points allowed, he earns $500,000

    Vince Wilfork has played in 73.2% of the defensive snaps this year. Patriots are 8th in points allowed.

  • Brandon Browner can earn up to $1.25 million in playing-time incentives. Do not know the trigger levels at this time.Brandon Browner played in 43.5% of the snaps in 2013. He has played in 52.6% of the defensive snaps so far in 2014
  • Danny Amendola has a $500,000 NLTBE incentive that is tied to receptions. Do not know the exact trigger levels at this time but presume that the trigger level is no less than 64 receptions since that is the number of catches Amendola had with the Rams in 2012. Like to thank the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin for informing me of this incentive.Danny Amendola has had 15
    receptions so far in 2014.
  • Julian Edelman has a $500,000 NTLBE incentive that can be earned in one of the following four ways:
    1. 1,057 receiving yards
    2. 70 receptions plus seven TDs
    3. 80 receptions plus 13 wins
    4. 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance

    After 14 games, Julian has 92 receptions totaling 972 yards. He has 4 receiving touchdowns and the Patriots have won 11 games.

Per 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” so as the below players play in more games in 2014 than they did in 2013 the Patriots will lose cap space in the amount of the 46-man active roster bonus. Example – Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013. He has played in 8 games in 2014. The Patriots have lost $350,000 ($87,500 *4) in cap space so far this season.

  • Brandon Browner has a $150,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. Browner played in 8 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $300,000 ($150,000*2). Browner has been been active for 8 games this year.
  • Vince Wilfork has a $87,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $1,050,000 ($87,500*12). Wilfork has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Danny Amendola has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Amendola played in 12 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $125,000 ($31,250*4). Amendola has been active for all 14 games this year.
  • Patrick Chung has a $15,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. Chung played in 12 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $60,000 ($15,000*4). Chung has been active for all 14 games this year
  • Michael Hoomanawanui has a $6,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Hoomanawanui played in 13 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $18,750 ($6,250*3). Hoomanawanui has been active for all 14 games this year
  • Jerod Mayo has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Mayo played in 6 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $312,500 ($31,250 * 10). Mayo was active for 6 games this year.
Amount Event Likelihood
$200,000 Ninkovich making the Pro Bowl Possible
$250,000 Arrington making the Pro Bowl Unlikely
$250,000 Vollmer making the Pro Bowl Possible
$300,000 Mayo making the Pro Bowl Impossible
$1,000,000 Vollmer exceeding 80% playing time Probable
$2,000,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time Probable
$500,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time and Patriots making to the divisional round Probable
$500,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time and Patriots finishing in Top 10 in Points allowed Possible
$1,250,000 Browner’s exceeding playing-time incentives Possible
$500,000 Amendola’s receptions incentive Impossible
$500,000 Edelman has four different ways to earn this incentive.
1.) 1,057 receiving yards
2.) 70 receptions plus seven TDs
3.) 80 receptions plus 13 wins
4.) 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance
Probable
$875,000 Wilfork being on the 46-man roster for more than 4 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$62,500 Amendola being on the 46-man roster for more than 12 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$30,000 Chung being on the 46-man roster for more than 12 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$6,250 Hoomanawanui being on the 46-man roster for more than 13 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$175,000 Wilfork being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Wilfork misses decrease amount by $87,500. Probable
$62,500 Amendola being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Amendola misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $31,250. Possible
$30,000 Chung being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Chung misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $15,000. Probable
$300,000 Browner being on the 46-man roster for 10 games. For each game Browner misses up to a total of four missed games decrease amount by $150,000. Probable
$12,500 Hoomanawanui being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Hoomanawanui misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $6,250. Probable
$312,500 Mayo being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. Impossible
$300,000 Browner being on the 46-man roster for 12 games. Impossible
Impossible $1,412,500
Unlikely Total $250,000
Possible Total $1,700,000
Probable Total $5,080,000
Earned Total $973,750
NLTBE Incentive Total $9,416,250

As far as I know, the Patriots will not be credited with any unreached LTBE incentives (Wendell’s being inactive for two games, for example) in 2014. What will happened is that any unreached LTBE incentives will be used to offset NLTBE incentives that were actually earned by other players at the end of the year and there will be an adjustment made to the Patriots 2014 rollover amount

After Week 14 projection
Negative means that the player reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player did not earned a LTBE incentive

  • Edelman’s receptions (-$500,000)
  • Wilfork’s playing more than 70% (- $2,000,000)
  • Wilfork playing more than 70% of the defensive snaps AND the Patriots make it to the divisional round (-$500,000)
  • Wilfork playing more than 70% of the defensive snaps and the Patriots defense finishing in the Top 10 in points allowed (-$500,000)
  • Vollmer’s playing-time incentive (- $1,000,000)
  • Wendell’s per-game roster bonus ($25,000)
  • Hoomanawanui’s playing-time incentive ($400,000)
  • Totals (-$4,025,000)Let’s say that the Patriots end the 2014 regular season with $5 million in cap space. The $4.025 million will be subtracted from that resulting in a previous year carryover amount of $750,000.

Tracking New England Patriots incentives after Week 14

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.

In 2014 the Patriots received a credit of $2,002,250 toward their 2014 cap number because of the LTBE/NTLBE calculation. The 2014 Patriots adjusted cap of $139,109,051 consists of $133,000,000 (League Cap) + $2,002,250 (LTBE/NLTBE adjustment) + $4,106,081 (rollover amount from 2013 season.

LTBE Incentives ($7,473,750 total)

  • Matthew Slater has a 300K LTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Vince Wilfork’s weight bonus – $300,000.
  • Vince Wilfork’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000 – Earned Week 1.
  • Brandon Browner’s 53-man roster bonus – $500,000 – Earned Week 5
  • 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. Ninkovich has played in 94.3% of the defensive snaps so far in 2014.
  • Michael Hoomanawanui’s playing time incentive – $400,000. Hoomananawanui played in 57.5% of the offensive snaps in 2013. Hoomanawanui has played in 43.2% of the offensive snaps so far in 2014.
  • Sebastian Vollmer’s 70% playing-time incentive- $1,000,000. In November the Patriots and Sebastian Vollmer agreed to lower the playing-time levels needed to earn incentives. Quoting the CBA – Any new or altered incentive bonuses renegotiated in a preexisting contract after the start of the regular season in which they may be earned automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” during that season”. Therefore, this incentive is considered LTBE not because Vollmer made the incentive in 2013 but because the incentive was changed during the 2014 regular season.

46-man per-game roster bonuses – As of December 8, 9:00 AM, the Patriots have $4,223,750 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2014 cap.

  • Brandon Browner has a $150,000 per active game roster bonus. Browner played in 8 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $1,200,000 ($150,000*8). Browner has been active for seven games this year.
  • Vince Wilfork has a $87,500 per game roster bonus. Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $350,000 ($87,500*4). Wilfork has already reached this incentive since he has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Darrelle Revis had a $33,333 per game roster bonus that maxes at $500,000 (15 games). Revis played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $500,000. Revis has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Danny Amendola has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Amendola played in 12 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $375,000 ($31,250*12). Amendola has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Julian Edelman has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $500,000 ($31,250*16). Edelman has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Jerod Mayo has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Mayo played in 6 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($31,250*6). Mayo has already reached this incentive since he had been active for 6 games this year.
  • Rob Ninkovich has a $15,625 per game roster bonus. Ninkovich played in 16 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $250,000 ($15,625*16). Ninkovich has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Patrick Chung has a $15,000 per game roster bonus. Chung played in 12 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $180,000 ($15,000*12). Chung has been active for all 13 games this year
  • Brandon Lafell has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Lafell played in 16 games last year so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500 *16). Lafell has been active for all 13 possible games this year.
  • Ryan Wendell has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Wendell played in 16 games last year so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500 *16). Wendell has been active for 11 games this year.
  • Michael Hoomanawanui has a $6,250 per game roster bonus. Hoomanawanui played in 13 games in 2013 so his LTBE amount is $81,250 ($6,250 *13). Hoomanawanui has been active for all 13 games this year

NLTBE Incentives ($9,416,250 total)

  • Rob Ninkovich has a 200K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Kyle Arrington has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Like to thank the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin for reminding me of this incentive.
  • Sebastian Vollmer has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive
  • Jerod Mayo has a 300K NLTBE Pro Bowk incentive
  • Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – another $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has placed in 93.7% of the offensive snaps this year.
  • Vince Wilfork’s Playing-time incentives:
    • If he plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps: $500,000
    • If he plays 60 percent of the defensive snaps: $1.25 million
    • If he plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps: $2 million
    • If he plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps and the team makes the divisional round of the playoffs, he makes $2.5 million
    • If Wilfork plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps and the team is top 10 in points allowed, he earns $500,000

    Vince Wilfork has played in 74.7% of the defensive snaps this year. Patriots are 13th in points allowed.

  • Brandon Browner can earn up to $1.25 million in playing-time incentives. Do not know the trigger levels at this time.Brandon Browner played in 43.5% of the snaps in 2013. He has played in 48.6% of the defensive snaps so far in 2014
  • Danny Amendola has a $500,000 NLTBE incentive that is tied to receptions. Do not know the exact trigger levels at this time but presume that the trigger level is no less than 64 receptions since that is the number of catches Amendola had with the Rams in 2012. Like to thank the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin for informing me of this incentive.Danny Amendola has had 14
    receptions so far in 2014.
  • Julian Edelman has a $500,000 NTLBE incentive that can be earned in one of the following four ways:
    1. 1,057 receiving yards
    2. 70 receptions plus seven TDs
    3. 80 receptions plus 13 wins
    4. 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance

    After 13 games, Julian has 85 receptions totaling 884 yards. He has 3 receiving touchdowns and the Patriots have won ten games.

Per 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” so as the below players play in more games in 2014 than they did in 2013 the Patriots will lose cap space in the amount of the 46-man active roster bonus. Example – Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013. He has played in 8 games in 2014. The Patriots have lost $350,000 ($87,500 *4) in cap space so far this season.

  • Brandon Browner has a $150,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. Browner played in 8 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $300,000 ($150,000*2). Browner has been been active for 7 games this year.
  • Vince Wilfork has a $87,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Wilfork played in 4 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $1,050,000 ($87,500*12). Wilfork has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Danny Amendola has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Amendola played in 12 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $125,000 ($31,250*4). Amendola has been active for all 13 games this year.
  • Patrick Chung has a $15,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. Chung played in 12 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $60,000 ($15,000*4). Chung has been active for all 13 games this year
  • Michael Hoomanawanui has a $6,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Hoomanawanui played in 13 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $18,750 ($6,250*3). Hoomanawanui has been active for all 13 games this year
  • Jerod Mayo has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Mayo played in 6 games in 2013 so his NLTBE amount is $312,500 ($31,250 * 10). Mayo was active for 6 games this year.
Amount Event Likelihood
$200,000 Ninkovich making the Pro Bowl Possible
$250,000 Arrington making the Pro Bowl Unlikely
$250,000 Vollmer making the Pro Bowl Possible
$300,000 Mayo making the Pro Bowl Impossible
$1,000,000 Vollmer exceeding 80% playing time Probable
$2,000,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time Probable
$500,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time and Patriots making to the divisional round Probable
$500,000 Wilfork exceeding 70% playing time and Patriots finishing in Top 10 in Points allowed Possible
$1,250,000 Browner’s exceeding playing-time incentives Possible
$500,000 Amendola’s receptions incentive Impossible
$500,000 Edelman has four different ways to earn this incentive.
1.) 1,057 receiving yards
2.) 70 receptions plus seven TDs
3.) 80 receptions plus 13 wins
4.) 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance
Probable
$787,500 Wilfork being on the 46-man roster for more than 4 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$31,250 Amendola being on the 46-man roster for more than 12 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$15,000 Chung being on the 46-man roster for more than 12 games. Earned and already counting against 2014 cap
$262,500 Wilfork being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Wilfork misses decrease amount by $87,500. Probable
$93,750 Amendola being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Amendola misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $31,250. Possible
$45,000 Chung being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Chung misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $15,000. Probable
$300,000 Browner being on the 46-man roster for 10 games. For each game Browner misses up to a total of four missed games decrease amount by $150,000. Probable
$18,750 Hoomanawanui being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. For each game Hoomanawanui misses up to a total of three missed games decrease amount by $6,250. Probable
$312,500 Mayo being on the 46-man roster for all 16 games. Impossible
$300,000 Browner being on the 46-man roster for 12 games. Impossible
Impossible $1,412,500
Unlikely Total $250,000
Possible Total $1,700,000
Probable Total $5,220,000
Earned Total $833,750
NLTBE Incentive Total $9,416,250

As far as I know, the Patriots will not be credited with any unreached LTBE incentives (Wendell’s being inactive for two games, for example) in 2014. What will happened is that any unreached LTBE incentives will be used to offset NLTBE incentives that were actually earned by other players at the end of the year and there will be an adjustment made to the Patriots 2014 rollover amount

After Week 14 projection
Negative means that the player reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player did not earned a LTBE incentive

  • Edelman’s receptions (-$500,000)
  • Wilfork’s playing more than 70% (- $2,000,000)
  • Wilfork playing more than 70% of the defensive snaps AND the Patriots make it to the divisional round (-$500,000)
  • Wilfork playing more than 70% of the defensive snaps and the Patriots defense finishing in the Top 10 in points allowed (-$500,000)
  • Vollmer’s playing-time incentive (- $1,000,000)
  • Wendell’s per-game roster bonus ($25,000)
  • Hoomanawanui’s playing-time incentive ($400,000)
  • Totals (-$4,025,000)Let’s say that the Patriots end the 2014 regular season with $5 million in cap space. The $4.025 million will be subtracted from that resulting in a previous year carryover amount of $750,000.

New England Patriots CAP-sized thoughts – 3rd quarter edition

  1. Sealver Siliga’s injury has meant more playing-time for Wilfork. Wilfork will achieve a $2 million NLTBE incentive by playing in more than 70% of the defensive snaps. Currently at 76%. If Wilfork plays in at least 70% of the defensive snaps AND the Patriots make it to the divisional round of the playoffs, Vince will earn another $500,000. If Wilfork plays in at least 70% of the defensive snaps AND the Patriots defense finish in the Top 10 in points allowed, Vince will earn another $500,000.  The Pats are currently 13th and are only 6 points away from tying for 10th.
  2. The NFLPA has changed its salary cap space link. It is now found at https://nflpa.com/public-salary-cap-report.
  3. Starting this week the Patriots will lose $133,750 in cap space for each and every game that Vince Wilfork, Danny Amendola, and Patrick Chung are on the 46-man active roster.
  4. As each week goes by, any cap savings from any extensions lessens as players get paid for each week.
  5. In an interview with Gary Tangauy and Andy Gresh earlier this year  Jonathan Kraft mentioned the need to account for incentives was one major reason for the Patriots having so much cap space. I talked about incentives in great detail in this blog post http://www.patsfans.com/salary-cap/?p=766
  6. With the new CBA there is a cash spending requirement. Teams are required to spend 89% of the total cap for the four years (2013/2014/2015/2016). Last year the cap was $123 million. Patriots spent in cash about $129,656,000 or about 105%. Source – http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/10586646/new-england-patriots-spent-free-agents-not-wisely
    This year the cap is $133 million. According to my numbers the Patriots have spent about 100 million in 2014. They may spend another 3 to 6 million depending on how many NTLBE incentives are reached. 100 million is 75% of $133 million. The total cap amount for the 2013 and 2014 years is $256,000,000. The Patriots have spent in cash so far in 2013 and in 2014 $229,656,000 or about 89.7%.
  7. Provided 7 possible reasons for the Patriots to have 7 million or so in cap space currently at
    http://www.patsfans.com/salary-cap/?p=814.
  8. FYI – Brady’s 2015 cap hit is $13 million. If traded between now and 6/2/2015 his 2015 cap hit increases to $18 million. If he is on the Patriots Week 17 roster, his future salaries ($24 million worth) become fully guaranteed and without any offsets. So if cut during the 2015 season his cap hit would be $42 million (18 +24)
  9. There is this notion that the Patriots’ high amount of dead money prevented them spending cash this year. Do not see a strong correlation between the two at http://overthecap.com/cash-spending and http://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space. Example – The Browns have about 2 million more in dead money than do the Patriots and yet have to manage to spend $40 million more this year.
  10. The Patriots have been among the league leaders in cash spending in even-numbered years. It appears that 2014 will end that trend.

  11. Do not see an correlation between cash spending and winning games.
  12. Do not see an correlation between cap space and winning games.
  13. Am hoping that someone reading this will be able to tell me the trigger levels for the playing-time incentives that Brandon Browner has for 2014 and Wendell has for 2015. We know that Wendell has $1.3 million in incentives. Right now, I am considering them NLTBE. If they are LTBE because Wendell is playing so many snaps in 2013, that would increase his 2015 cap number from $1.6 million to $2.9 million.
  14. Provide a 2015 salary preview in this blog post.
  15. Provide comparables and propose several contracts for Darrelle Revis and the Patriots in this blog post.
  16. Provide comparables and propose a couple of contracts for Devin McCourty and the Patriots in this blog post.
  17. I project that the New England Patriots will receive a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2015. Please see this blog post for further details.
  18. Proven Performance Escalator (PPE) – As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Nate Ebner and Alfonzo Dennard are eligible for it in 2015. Chris Jones is eligible for it in 2016. Bryan Stork is eligible for it in 2017. 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. 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. Chris Jones has played in enough snaps in 2013 and in 2014 to earn the PPE in 2017. Stork is well on his way to making 2014 count as a qualifying year.
  19. 4PM December 27 is a deadline for these three things
    • Clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2014 league year salary cap room to be credited to the club’s 2015 team salary.
    • Redo a player’s deal
    • To waive Tom Brady so that his future salaries are not guaranteed.

Previewing the New England Patriots 2015 Salary Cap – Updated on November 26, 2014

I had asked my Twitter followers what should be my next blog 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 November 26, 2014.

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 $142 million, splitting the difference from recent reports that it will be between $140 million and $144 million.

I will first list the 18 pending free agents after 2014, then list the 43 New England Patriots under contract for the 2015 season.

  1. ERFA – James Develin, FB – Expect Develin to be tendered in 2015 at a salary of $585,000
  2. ERFA – Greg Orton, WR – Expect Orton to be tendered for the 2015 season at a salary of $435,000
  3. ERFA – James Morris, LB – Expect Morris to be tendered for the 2015 season at a salary of $435,000.
  4. ERFA – Sealver Siliga, DT – Expect Siliga to be tendered in 2015 at a salary of $660,000
  5. ERFA – Brian Tyms, WR – Expect Tyms to be tendered in 2015 at a salary of $585,000.
  6. RFA – Brandon Bolden, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be a Patriots running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  7. UFA – Danny Aiken, LS – Expect Aiken to be signed to another veteran minimum salary deal in 2015
  8. UFA – Akeem Ayers, LB – If Ayers continues to play at a high level, he will probably be looking to increase his salary from $1.1 million
  9. UFA – Alan Branch, DT – Would not be surprised if this is the only year that Branch is on the Patriots roster as the Patriots try to go younger and cheaper on the defensive line.
  10. UFA – Marcus Cannon, T – Marcus Cannon is probably leaving the Patriots after this season to try to become a starter elsewhere.
  11. UFA – Jonathan Casillas, LB – Expect Casillas to be signed to a veteran minimum salary benefit deal before the start of the 2015 League Year
  12. UFA – Patrick Chung, S – Patrick is playing well enough in 2014 to compete for a roster spot in 2015.
  13. UFA – Dan Connolly, G – Connolly will probably have to take a paycut from his 2014 3 million salary to be on the Patriots in 2015.
  14. UFA – Stephen Gostkowski, K – Expect the Ghost to be extended before the start of the 2015 League Year.
  15. 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 and propose a contract extension in this blog post.
  16. UFA – Stevan Ridley, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be a Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  17. UFA – Shane Vereen, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be a Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  18. UFA – Chris White – Expect White to be signed to a veteran minimum salary benefit deal before the start of the 2015 League Year

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. LB Jerod Mayo($10,287,500 cap charge) – After ending on IR the second straight season expect Mayo and the Patriots to reach a Wilfork-type restructure that takes into account that $4.5 million of Mayo’s 2015 salary is guaranteed for injury.
  4. TE Rob Gronkowski ($8,650,000 cap charge) – Gronk must stay healthy the rest of the 2014 season 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.
  5. DT Vince Wilfork ($8,277,083 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 the rest of the 2014 season
  6. LT Nate Solder($7,438,000 cap charge) – His $7,438,000 salary becomes fully guaranteed the first day of the 2015 League Year
  7. WR Danny Amendola ($5,575,000 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Malcolm Butler surpasses him on the depth chart.
  10. OT Sebastian Vollmer ($5,020,833 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. WR Brandon Lafell($3M cap charge) – Currently a bargain in 2015.
  14. DE Chandler Jones ($2,600,659 cap charge) – With his 2015 salary fully guaranteed Chandler Jones is ensured a roster spot in 2015
  15. LB Dont’a Hightower ($2,457,637 cap charge) – With his 2015 salary fully guaranteed Hightower is ensured a roster spot in 2015
  16. Special Teams Ace Matthew Slater ($1,766,666 cap charge) – With his 2015 salary fully guaranteed Slater is ensured a roster spot in 2015
  17. 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.
  18. C Ryan Wendell ($1.625M cap charge) – Wendell has playing-time incentives (do not know trigger levels) that if LTBE, will increase his 2015 cap number.
  19. 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.
  20. TE Michael Hoomanawanui ($1,361,250 cap charge) – An excellent price for what the Hooman brings to the table.
  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 at 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 at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  24. CB Logan Ryan ($745,813 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  25. RB LeGarrette Blount ($745,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season
  26. S Duron Harmon ($724,400 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  27. QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($723,436 cap charge) – 2014 backup locked in at a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  28. S Nate Ebner ($684,150 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price thanks to his rookie contract
  29. C Bryan Stork ($629,250 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in at a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  30. RB James White ($609,272 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  31. DE Michael Buchanan ($598,403 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  32. P Ryan Allen ($585,500 cap charge) – Expected 2014 punter locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  33. OT Cameron Fleming ($585,146 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie
  34. DT Chris Jones ($585,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  35. OG Josh Kline ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  36. TE Tim Wright ($585,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2014 season. Signed through the 2015 season but able to renegotiate his deal after the 2014 season.
  37. DE Zach Moore ($535,550 cap charge) - Locked in at a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  38. CB Malcolm Butler ($510,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his UDFA contract.
  39. OT Jordan Devey ($510,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his UDFA contract
  40. RB Jonas Gray ($510,000 cap charge) – Locked in at a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his UDFA contract
  41. LB Cameron Gordon ($440,000 cap charge) – Cameron was placed on IR before the advent of the 2014 regular season and will need to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2015 roster.
  42. RB Tyler Gaffney ($435,000 cap charge) – Tyler 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 $132,175,703 with 43 signed players. For simplicity sake, I will round this figure to $132 million. The following factors will change that:

  • Exclusive Rights Free agents – The Patriots are scheduled to have six players eligible for exclusive rights free agency in 2015. Sealver Siliga’s tender offer will be $660,000. James Develin and Brian Tyms will be tendered at $585,000. Casey Walker will be tendered at $510,000. James Morris and Greg Orton will be tendered at $435,000. Add the six to the Top 51 list will add $3 million to the Patriots 2015 cap commitments making it now $135 million with 48 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.

  • 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. 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 $135 million in 2015 cap commitments with 48 players signed or tendered.
  • If the Patriots extend in 2014 a player who would otherwise be a free agent after the 2014 season, this would increase the Patriots 2014 cap commitments.
  • How much 2014 cap space the Patriots roll over into 2015. Teams are allowed to roll over 100% of their unused cap space from one year to the following year. As of now, the Patriots officially have $7,191,664 in cap space. The Patriots will lose cap space throughout the year as five players (Wilfork, Browner, Amendola, Chung, and Hooman) play in more games in 2014 than they did in 2013.
    • 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 – $300,000 if Browner plays in 10 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.
  • 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 November 26 the Patriots have about $4,500,000 in NLTBE incentives that I consider easily reachable by the player.
    • Wilfork’s playtime incentive – he earns 2 million dollars at 70%. In 2011 he played in 86% and in 2012 he played in 87%. He gets an extra 500K if he plays in more than 70% of the defensive snaps and the Patriots are in the Top 10 in points allowed. He gets another 500K if he plays in more than 70% of the defensive snaps and the Patriots make it to the divisional round of the playoffs. Wilfork’s playing-time percentage for 2014 after Week 9 is 76.1%.
    • Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer’s playing-time percentage for 2014 after Week 9 is 91.2%

    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 80% of the offensive snaps, that would mean that he reached his 1 million NTLBE playing time incentive. Let’s assume that the 2015 cap is announced to be $142 million. The Patriots adjusted cap number would be decreased by the $2 million making it $140 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 $6.25 million. That reached NLTBE incentive just lowered the Patriots 2015 cap space by $3.75 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 about incentives and their possible impact on the Patriots 2015 cap please see this blog post of mine

  • 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. They have until 2017 to do so. They could wait until them to do so.
  • 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.
  • Franchise tag – If the Patriots are unable to reach a deal with Devin McCourty or Stephen Gostkowski, the Patriots could use the franchise tag on one of them. Using $142 million as the 2015 league number it would cost $9.53 million to place the franchise tag on McCourty. It would cost $4,440,000 to place the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski

To sum it up, I can easily see the Patriots being close to the 2015 projected cap of $142 million before the 2015 League Year begins and having to make moves in order to free cap room in order to sign free agents.

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

The big leaps: Four contracts may have huge salary-cap increases in 2015 — cornerback Darrelle Revis, left tackle Nate Solder, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer 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. Vollmer’s cap cost may go from $3,750,000 in 2014 to $7,750,000 in 2015. Vollmer is on pace to play in over 90% of the offensive snaps in 2014 which would make his 2015 $1.75 million playing-time incentive LTBE and earn him a 1 million roster bonus in 2015. Also, Vollmer’s $625,500 46-man active roster bonuses would be considered LTBE in 2015. 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 13 players make up over seventy percent of the 2015 projected cap number. Those 12 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $103,973,416 or 73.2 percent of the projected cap number of $142 million. Excluding Revis, the 12 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $75,252,583, or 55.6 percent of the $142 million figure.

They are:

  1. $25,000,000 ……Darrelle Revis
  2. $13,000,000 ……Tom Brady
  3. $10,287,500 ……Jerod Mayo
  4. $8,650,000 ……Rob Gronkowski
  5. $8,277,083 ……Vince Wilfork
  6. $7,438,000 ……Nate Solder
  7. $5,575,000 ……Danny Amendola
  8. $5,020,833 ……Sebastian Vollmer
  9. $4,700,000 ……Brandon Browner
  10. $4,625,000 ……Kyle Arrington
  11. $4,250,000 ……Julian Edelman
  12. $3,950,000 ……Rob Ninkovich
  13. $3,000,000 ……Brandon Lafell

Safe to say that anybody on that list, other than Brady and Gronkowski, 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
  • $6,000,000 …..Jerod Mayo *increases to $10.5 million if release is injury-related. $4.5 million of Mayo’s 2015 salary is guaranteed for injury.
  • $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, Amendola has a 2015 cap number of $5,575,000. Subtract $3,600,000 from that and you get $1,975,000. Subtract $435,000 from $1,975,000 and you get $1,540,000 in cap savings.

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

As of November 26, 2014 the Patriots have a total of $4,616,819 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, only if he misses 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? Amendola will be released to go to create cap space.
  • Keep Mayo? Following two straight seasons ending on IR Mayo may be too expensive to keep in 2015 so I expect him and the Patriots to reach an incentive-laden deal for the 2015 season. Please note that Mayo will have to pass a physical for his injury guarantee to be voided.
  • Reach a deal with McCourty? Yes

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

2014 New England Patriots Salary Cap Breakdown – Dead Money (11/2/2014 Update)

Updating this to include the impact of the release/waivers that have taken place during the first half of the 2014 regular season.

Aaron Hernandez- $7,532,800 (prorated signing bonus plus grievance over 2012 offseason workout bonus money). I write more about Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications in another blog post.
Logan Mankins – $4,255,600 (prorated signing bonus plus offseason workout bonus money)
Isaac Sopoaga – $1,000,000 (guaranteed salary)
Steve Gregory – $833,334 (prorated signing bonus)
Adrian Wilson – $666,667
Tommy Kelly – $605,600 (prorated signing bonus plus offseason workout bonus money)
Ras-I Dowling -$589,382
Daniel Fells – $333,334
Deontae Skinner – $202,947
Matt Stankiewitch – $178,235 (2013 Injury Grievance settled in late summer of 2014)
Ryan Mallett – $166,569 (prorated signing bonus plus offseason workout bonus money)
Kenbrell Thompkins – $152,021
Jake Bequette – $145,550 (prorated signing bonus plus offseason workout bonus money)
Josh Boyce – $124,850 (prorated signing bonus plus offseason workout bonus money)
Ja’Gared Davis – $99,824
Danny Aiken – $85,600
Lavelle Hawkins – $75,000
Chris Barker – $63, 835
Armon Armstead – $59,600
Darius Fleming – $58,235
Steve Beauharnais – $37,412 (2014 Injury Settlement)
Jon Halapio – $30,775
Kelcy Quarles – $24,706 (Week 1 pay as a rookie)
Jemea Thomas – $23,128
Will Smith – $19,200
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)
Steve Beauharnais – $17,498
James Anderson – $16,225
Jeremy Gallon – $11,898
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
Roy Finch – $6,666 (Roy Finch was waived by the New England Patriots on August 31 after receiving a $5,000 signing bonus on May 10 and having $5,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $6,666 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Shamiel Gary – $6,666 (Shamiel Gary was waived by the New England Patriots on August 31 after receiving a $5,000 signing bonus on May 10 and having $5,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $6,666 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Travis Hawkins – $6,666 (Travis Hawkins was waived by the New England Patriots on August 31 after receiving a $5,000 signing bonus on May 10 and having $5,000 of his salary guaranteed. The $6,666 is the dead money hit that resulted from his waiver)
Braxston Cave – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Ja’Gared Davis – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Kanorris Davis – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Reggie Dunn – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Marcus Forston – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Jonas Gray – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Justin Green – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
Chris White – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
D.J. Williams – $5,600 (offseason workout bonus)
T.J. Moe – $5,334
Josh Hull – $5,250 (offseason workout bonus)
R.J. Mattes – $5,250 (offseason workout bonus)
Mark Harrison – $5,200 ($4,200 offseason workout bonus)
Jeremy Deering – $5,000 (guaranteed salary)
Elvis Fisher – $5,000
Deontae Skinner – $5,000
Markus Zusevics – $4,334
Tyler Ott – $4,000
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)
Charley Hughlett – $2,450 (offseason workout bonus)
Francis, Justin – $2,334
Jones, Brandon – $2,334
Dax Swanson – $2,100 (offseason workout bonus)
Ford, Brandon – $2,000
Morris, Stephon – $1,667
Stankiewitch, Matt – $1,667
Tyler Beck – $1,500
Zupancic, Mike – $1,334
Kyle Auffray – $700 (offseason workout bonus)
Cherrington, Dewayne $667
Quentin Hines – $667
Michael Jenkins – (-$79,200)
Jonathan Fanene – (-$360,000)
Total – $17,324,534

As of 9/13/2014 I have the Patriots unofficially with about $9.5 million in cap space. Below are some reasons for the Patriots to have that much cap space.

1.) Cushion for reached NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses – maximum of $2.2 million
2.) Cushion for other reached NLTBE incentives. Do know that Wilfork could earn 3M, Vollmer 2M, Browner 1.25M, Edelman 500K. Am sure that other players have NLTBE incentives but do not know the details. For more information about incentives and their possible impact on the Patriots salary cap please see this blog post.
3.) Pay for players who replaced players who are placed on IR during the season – around 2M
4.) Have space for extensions (Ridley, Vereen, Cannon, Solder, Gostkowski. McCourty, Revis, Slater). Some extensions could increase player’s 2014 cap number.
5.) Carry over space to pay back borrowed cap space in 2011/2012. Do not know if the Pats did borrow cap space. They may have. Teams could borrow $3M in 2011 and $1.5m in 2012. They have 4 years in which to pay the money (2014/2015/2016/2017). I know that the Jets paid back $4.5m this year. Some teams paid back $1.125m this year so it looks that they intend to pay back the money in 4 equal payments. I heard that most teams, if not all, borrowed cap space in 2011.
6.) Increase Brady’s 2014 cash intake from two million dollars in lieu of not having future salaries fully guaranteed.
7.) Carry-over any unused cap space into 2015

After the Logan Mankins trade it was widely reported that the Patriots had over $14 million in cap space. What has happened since the Mankins trade that has used up close to $4.5 million in cap space.

1.) Paying for the 10-man practice squad – minimum of $1.7 million – Occurred on 9/4
2.) Accounting for Brian Tyms – 400K – Occurred on 9/4
3.) Paying for the 4 players who are already on IR – $1.212 million – Occurred on 9/4
4.) Paying for players 52 and 53 – 840K – Occurred on 9/4
5.) Reaching injury settlements with Steve Beauharnais and Armon Armstead – Steve Beauharnais reached a two-week injury settlement with the Patriots. The amount of $37,412 is now counting against the Patriots 2014 cap. ESPNBoston.Com’s Mike Reiss reported on September 14, 2014 that Armon Armstead and the New England Patriots reached an injury settlement in the amount of $54,000.

For this exercise I have included Matt Slater, Nate Ebner, and Chris White as special teamers.

For the sake of comparison the below numbers do NOT include dead money hits. That is, Aaron Hernandez’s $7,532,800 cap hit is not included in the tight end numbers, for example.

Position Number Total Percentage of Patriots’ Total Adjusted Cap Number
Centers 2 $2,164,250 1.56%
Guards 2 $4,578,334 3.29%
Offensive Tackles 5 $8,126,543 5.84%
Quarterbacks 2 $15,433,436 11.09%
Running Backs 5 $3,704,879 2.66%
Tight Ends 3 7,296,250 5.24%
Wide Receivers 6 10,975,537 7.89%
Cornerbacks 6 $14,999,981 10.78%
Defensive Ends 4 $6,033,089 4.34%
Defensive Tackles 5 $9,571,251 6.88%
Linebackers 4 $10,743,819 7.72%
Safeties 6 $9,028,385 6.49%
Special Teams 5 7,852,168 5.64%
Dead Money $16,240,274 11.67%
Cap Space $10,069,855 7.24%
Totals 55 139,109,051 100.00%

The next table breaks down cap hits by age. The age of the player is as of September 9, 2014.

Age Number Total Percentage of Patriots Total Adjusted Cap Number
22 4 2,975,772 2.14%
23 5 3,116,541 2.24%
24 13 10,826,422 7.78%
25 9 10,633,166 7.64%
26 7 6,993,480 5.03%
27 3 8,155,000 5.86%
28 5 19,862,500 14.28%
29 2 9,266,668 6.66%
30 4 13,114,706 9.43%
32 2 10,766,667 7.74%
37 1 14,800,000 10.64%
Dead Money 52 $16,240,274 11.67%
Cap Space $10,069,855 7.22%
Injured Reserve 4 $1,217,000 0.87%
Practice Squad 10 $1,071,000 0.77%
Totals 90 139,109,051 100.00%

The final table breakdowns the cap allocated to the different units on the Patriots.

Unit Number Total Percentage of Patriots Total Adjusted Cap Number
Defensive Line 9 $15,604,340 11.22%
Defensive Skill 16 $34,722,185 25.00%
Offensive Line 9 $14,869,127 10.69%
Offensive Skill 16 $37,413,102 26.89%
Special Teams 5 $7,852,1688 5.64%
Dead Money $16,240,274 11.69%
Injured Reserve 4 $1,217,000 0.87%
Practice Squad 10 $1,071,000 0.77%
Cap Space 10,069,855 7.24%
Totals 90 139,109,051 100.00%

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 2013 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

Updating my 2014 Patriots salary cap picture the second week in July.

Right now, the total Patriot 2014 cap commitments is $132,784,719. The 2014 Patriots adjusted cap number is $139,109,051. The Patriots 2014 adjusted cap number of $139,109,051 minus cap commitment of $132,784,719 equals $6,403,532 in cap space with 90 signed players. This cap space number includes into the impact of the Josh Hull signing.

As you can see, based on the numbers above, the Patriots are under their projected 2014 cap by $6.4 million if they do not cut any more veterans or renegotiate any more contracts. There are plenty of opportunities to do both, thereby opening up millions of dollars under the cap. Here are some possible ways that the Pats could free up cap space. Please note that I am NOT advocating that the Patriots do all of these salary-cap maneuvers. The bolded maneuvers are my current predictions.

1a.) Release Dan Connolly – net cap savings of $2.505 million
1b.) Extend Dan Connolly through the 2015 season converting $2 million of his $3 million salary into a signing bonus – cap savings of $1 million

2.) Convert $5.4 million of Mankins’s $6.5 million salary into a signing bonus – cap savings of $3.6 million while pushing out $1.8 million of signing bonus proration to the 2015 and 2016 seasons. For more ways to lower Mankins’s cap hit see this blog entry.

3.) Extend Gostkowski’s contract by 4 years while giving him a $5 million signing bonus and lowering his salary from $2.9 million to $900,000 – cap savings – $1,000,000

4.) Extend McCourty’s contract by 4 years while giving him a $10 million signing bonus while lowering his 2014 salary from $3.92 million to $1 million – cap savings – $1,000,000

5.) Release Tavon Wilson – net cap savings of $278,444 while having a dead money hit of $376,891 in 2014 and $376,891 in 2015.
6.) Release Jake Bequette – net cap savings of $80,000 while having a dead money hit of $134,950 in 2014 and $134,950 in 2015.

7.) Trade Danny Amendola – net cap savings of $2,880,000 while having a dead money hit of $1.2 million in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015.

As you can see from above, the Pats could create more than $11.4 million in additional cap room if they chose to do so. The Pats could create $6.6 million in additional cap room WITHOUT releasing a single player. That is, the $10.4 million and the $6.6 million figures are in addition to the $6.4 million in cap space that the Pats have. I should note here that I believe any Revis extension will increase his cap number from $7 million, thereby taking up cap space.

When determining the cap savings from releasing players, keep in mind the Rule of 51. When a player from the top 51 is released or traded, the base salary of the player with the 52nd-highest cap number is added to the cap. For example, if Connolly was released, his cap number would be lowered by $3,000,000, although the actual team savings would be only $2,505,000 because another player’s $495,000 base salary would be added to the team cap.

The Rule of 51 also applies when free agents are signed. If the free agent’s cap number is among the 51-highest on the team, the base salary of the player whose cap number had been 51st-highest no longer counts against the cap. In most cases, then, the effect of signing a free agent will be $495,000 less than his cap number for 2014. To determine about how much can be spent on free agents, add $495,000 to the team’s cap room per free agent signed. So, as of now, the Patriots could sign one free agent for a 2014 cap number of $7,895,000.

The Patriots would also need to reserve at least $1,696,800 in order to pay for a 8-man practice squad and to pay for players 52 and 53.

Over the past couple of years the Patriots have used about 2 million dollars for in-season replacements.

I consider the Patriots to have at maximum 5.3 million in easily reached NLTBE incentives. Do not know if the Patriots leave themselves a cushion for those. Wanted to mention them 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 $5.3 million in NTLBE incentives. If they do not leave a 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? Decided to split the difference. I am presuming that the Patriots do leave themselves a 100% cushion or $2,706,250 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 4 million cushion at the start of the regular season just to cover reached NLTBE incentives. Why a 100% cushion for the 46-man roster bonuses because as a player reaches that particular NTLBE incentive the amount of their incentive hits the cap the next week. In 2013 as Svitek played in a game the next week the Patriots lost $10,000 in cap space.

  • Mayo’s per-game roster bonus – $312,500
  • Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $2 million
  • Kelly’s per-game roster bonus – $550,000
  • Kelly’s playing time incentive maxes at $645,000
  • Amendola’s per-game roster bonus – $125,000
  • Hoomanawanui’s per-game roster bonus – $18,750
  • Browner’s per-game roster bonus – $600,000.
  • 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.

To read more about LTBE/NLTBE incentives see this blog post.

Please note that as Jocelyn Robichaud once pointed out in an email: “The current cap status is calculated with the top 51 earners. On the other hand, not all of these players will make the team. Thus, as the team shrinks its roster to 53 players, it will create cap room unless it keeps all of its top earners. For example, let us say that Jake Bequette ($570,000 in salary) does not make the team and is replaced by Ja’Gared Davis ($420,000 in salary). This would free $150,000 in cap room for the Patriots. If Justin Green makes the team instead of Tavon Wilson, that would create $353,444 in cap space. If Armond Armstead makes the 53-man roster instead of Marcus Forston, that would create $150,000 in cap space. If Charley Hughlett makes the 53-man roster instead of Danny Aiken, that would create $225,000 in cap space With just 4 those roster decisions the Patriots could create over $870,000 in cap space when the rosters are cut down to 53 players. Figuring that the Robichaud roster effect will create about $2 million in cap space the Patriots would probably like to enter training camp under their adjusted cap by about 6 million dollars.

When Brandon Browner’s suspension takes effect, the Patriots will receive a cap credit of $235,294 — or 4/17ths of Browner’s base salary — making his cap number about $1.59 million.

Current cap space – $6,400,000
Offseason workout bonus money – $375,000. Sometime between now and the end of the regular season every team will be charged for the offseason workouts attended by their players. The daily offseason workout amount is $175. In 2013 the Patriots had 33 scheduled offseason workouts. There are 65 Patriots who can partake in the offseason workouts. 175*33**65=375,375.
Players 52, 53, and practice squad (-$1,700,000) – early September
Robichaud roster effect – ($2,300,000). May create more if the Patriots release more higher-paid salaried players that I am currently expecting. – Also early September
Cushion for replacing injured players during the season (-$2,000,000) – Also early September
Cushion for reached NLTBE incentives (-$4,000,000) – Also early September
Credit for Brandon Browner’s suspension ($235,000) – 1st four weeks of regular season

6,400,000
- 375,000
-1,700,000
+2,300,000
-2,000,000
-4,000,000
+235,000
===========
$860,000
shows that the Patriots have about 860,000 in cap space to account for any future free agent signings. That is, they could sign one free agent to a $1.3 million deal today and account for the

My Positional Breakdowns

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Offensive Line
Fullback
Running Backs
Dead Money
LineBackers
Defensive Tackles
Safeties
Cornerbacks
Defensive Ends
Special Teams

Miguel’s Patriots Salary Cap FAQ page – Updated on 7/30/2014

The newest/updated questions are on top.

Q: In a long deal can you avoid the contract at some point without dead money?
A: Yes, since the longest proration term of a signing bonus is five years. Therefore, when there is no prorated signing bonus money left on the deal a player can be released without the team having a dead money hit. Example for the Patriots, Logan Mankins who signed a 6-year deal, can be cut in 2016 without the Patriots suffering a dead money hit.

Q: What were Aaron Hernandez’s career earnings with the Patriots?
A:$11,260,000
$620,000 in 2010
$670,000 in 2011
$6,740,000 in 2012
$3,000,000 in 2013 (Hernandez received a $3 million installment of his signing bonus in March 2013).

Q:What could be a difficulty in seeing Darrelle Revis to an extension during the 2014 season?
A:It is very likely that any Revis extension done in 2014 will increase his 2014 cap number. His 2014 cap number is $7 million which consists of a $1.5 million fully guaranteed salary, $500,000 roster bonus, and the 5 million proration of his 10 million signing bonus. It is likely that any signing bonus that Revis gets as part of an extension will be at least 10 million. Richard Sherman got an 11 million dollar signing bonus. Joe Haden got a 14 million dollar signing bonus. A 10 million signing bonus prorated over 5 years is 2 million a year. The minimum salary for a player with Revis’ experience is $855,000.

Q:When will the Patriots see cap relief for Aaron Hernandez?
A:Please see my blog post on the Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications.

Q:What is your favorite contract clause and/or quirk?
A:Salary escalators. Salary de-escalators.

Q:How do you think current projections about rises in the cap in coming years (I’ve read an estimated $150 unadjusted cap by 2016) are affecting decision-making by the Patriots and other teams around the league?
Q:I think teams are waiting to see if the projections are true. Have not seen a change in behavior.

Q:Is the Cowboys’ cap management, the worst you have ever seen? Who are the top 2 or 3 worst franchises for cap management? I’m curious here if your answer will not include the Redskins or Cowboys.
A:Since I consider the Cowboys to the worst managed team, this is an easy yes. The Lions are second and the Redskins third.

Q:Is the cap “crap”? Or, is it more accurate to say that prudent financial management will prevent shortfalls whereas spending like a drunken sailor will eventually lead to having to spend time in “cap jail”?
A:The cap is crap line is used by Mike Felger who used to cover the Patriots as a beat writer for the Boston Herald. If he had demonstrated a working knowledge of the cap while at the Herald, there would have never been a need for my cap pages. It has been more than a decade since I started my cap pages and I have doubts that he has learned anything about the salary cap since then. It is more accurate to say that prudent financial management and good health will prevent shortfalls.

Q:Why do you spend so much time and effort on the site? (not that I’m complaining – your site is the go-to resource on Pats contracts)
A:

  1. to help my fellow Patriots fans understand the salary cap better. Let’s just say that when I started my cap pages I thought that the Patriots beat writers could have done a better job of explaining the salary cap to their audience. Even today, there are those in the Boston media who seem more interested in spreading negativity about the best team in the modern salary cap era than in disbursing information.
  2. to raise money for my chosen charity.
  3. personal satisfaction

Q:What is the worst contract in the Kraft era?
A:Since worst was undefined, I am going to say that it was the Danny Amendola deal. Thought at the time that the Patriots overpaid for him. Do not like the $2 million salary guarantee that he got at the start of the 2014 League Year. If Larry Fitzgerald, a far superior player who had tremendous leverage in his contract negotiations, can agree to salary de-escalators in his deal (Fitzgerald could lose up to 8 million if he does not have at least 70 receptions), why not Amendola? Without salary de-escalators Amendola’s contract is set up for him to get released as soon as 2015. Think that it was a bad deal for Amendola. How could he ever prove to be a bargain that Welker was?

Q:What is the best contract in the Kraft era?
A:Since best was undefined, I am going to say that it was the Matt Light extension that it was done in 2004. I thought that at that time that it was a fair deal for both sides and that there was a good chance that Light would play for the Patriots for the length of the deal.

Q:Besides your excellent FAQ pages, do you recommend any other resources for cap-novices like myself?
Q:http://in2theleague.wordpress.com/category/nfl-cba-series/, The NFLPA’s public salary cap report, http://overthecap.com/ and http://russellstreetreport.com/cap-faqs/

Q:Where do you get your information from?
A:From looking at various media reports and researching the NFLplayers.com site. On Twitter I follow @Corryjoel, @MikeReiss, @FieldYates, @Jason_OTC, @TomPelissero, @brian_mcintyre and @adbrandt.

Q:Thinking generally, what are the most important trends that you’ve noticed in terms of the structure of NFL contracts that have emerged with the new CBA?
A:More teams are adopting a pay as you go approach. More 46-man active roster bonuses in the past. More salary guarantees.

Q:it seems like the Patriots do “real” deals that don’t have funny-money years (contrast between Browner or Arrington’s deal and Talib’s deal with Denver). Why do teams use these inflated deals?
A:The Revis’ deal is not a real deal. It contains a funny-money year. You and I have as much chance playing for the Patriots in 2015 with a $25 million cap figure as does Revis. Doing funny-money deals does not hurt teams in the long-term. Probably helps them in the short-term build relationships with the player and the player’s agent while giving the team and the player more time to reach a real long-term deal.

Q:I’m just this offseason learning about incentives, NLTBE/LBTE and the various cap implications of each. My understanding is that LTBE incentives count against the current year’s cap, and NLTBE incentives, if achieved, count against next year’s cap. What happens if a LTBE incentive is actually not earned? Is there a credit to roll forward to next year’s cap, or does that cap money disappear? What criteria determines whether or not an incentive is likely to be earned? When calculating NLTBE and LTBE, is it a black and white line based on the immediately preceding year’s stats? Or is there something else that goes into it? Also, is there a limit to the amount of money that one team can spend in any given year on NLTBE clauses?
A:The LTBE/NTLBE delimiter is usually based on last year’s stats. There are some incentives like Vince’s weight bonus that are always considered LTBE because they are in complete control by the player. There is no limit to the amount of incentives that a team could have. For more about incentives please see this blog post.

Q: Do you get paid for this?
A: While I have some Google Ads on my pages, what I make from them in a year (between $100 and $150) does not come close to compensating me for my time. I do ask that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry. Their address is
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Q:Regarding Logan Mankins – if his play does not decline in 2014, does it make sense to cut him? And can you briefly describe how his contract “works” after the signing bonus amortization finishes?
A:After Mankins’ amortization ends in 2015, cutting him in 2016 would mean no dead money on the Patriots cap

Q:Does the Patriots way of structuring deals make your life (as the capologist) more or less difficult?
Q:The Patriots have been rather easy to cover for me. Unlike other teams, the Patriots do not include voidable years in their deals. So, their deals are rather easy to figure out the cap numbers as long as the media reports the details correctly. Please note that I do not have access to the NFLPA’s numbers

Q:Has the team (anyone) ever reached out to you to either correct information or to complain or, well anything?
A:No. I know that my cap pages are read by Patriots players. While I know that some writers use my cap pages a great deal, no Patriots beat writer has ever directly asked me for help.

Q:Why do the Patriots favor NLTBE bonuses and has this approach had negative cap consequences?
A:A reached NLTBE incentive adversely impacts a team’s cap in two ways. Lowers the team’s adjusted cap number the following year while also increasing the player’s cap number for the following year. 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. For more about incentives please see this blog post.

Q:It seems to me like there is a trend toward contracts including less fully guaranteed or effectively fully guaranteed money, especially in the form of up front signing bonus or very early option bonuses, such that the vast majority of players become realistically cuttable after 2-3 years at the most. But the Mayo, Wilfork, and Mankins contracts stick out to me as different. It would have been hard to cut any of those guys for at least four years of their deals due to big signing or early option bonuses. Were the Patriots behind the curve, making mistakes with those deals? Or do you think those deals reflected a different organizational philosophy that is likely to continue?
A:I do not consider the Patriots to have behind the curve with the Mayo, Wilfork, and Mankins contracts. They were typical of the contracts given out during the 2006 CBA era. Patriots contracts have changed since then.

Q:What got you interested in devoting time & effort in maintaining a cap page, even when virtually no one else was doing so? Is there a specific story or background that got you interested in this stuff?
A:Why did I start my cap pages? Because in 2000/2001 I was always reading in the papers, Patriots Usenet newsgroups, Internet forums different cap numbers for the same player. That did not make sense to me. So I thought that if I created a web page it would help clarify the salary cap for my fellow Patriots fans.

Q:Do you have a background that lends itself to this kind of work, or did you educate yourself for the most part and learn it on the fly? Maybe a mixture of both?
A:I was always good at math. Majored in Economics. While I am an intuitive thinker, I am a very detailed person. For the most part, I taught myself about the salary cap.

Q:Has any team ever contacted you for help on cap calculations/simulations?
A:I have never been asked by a team for help.

Q:Ever had any agents contact you to correct or dispute your information?
A:Since I know that my cap page is read by a good number of Patriot player, I am proud to say that no agent has ever contacted me to correct information.

Q:Can you explain the rollover provision in the CBA and why the Patriots “don’t spend to the cap”?
A:In 2013 the Patriots spent in cash more than the $123 cap limit so I do not understand or accept the notion that the Patriots do not spend to the cap

Q:The Pats have a young roster, Will they be able to keep all their young stars like Solder, Chandler Jones, and McCourty?
A:Simple answer – no. Why? They have a lot of good young talent that will be hitting free agency at the same time. Hightower, Chandler Jones, the entire 2013 draft class and the 2013 UDFAs, will become UFAs in the same offseason (2017). If the cap continues to rise at a large rate, see no reason why those players would agree to commit themselves to the Patriots long-term with uncertainty at the quarterback position.

Q:no offense meant) – your site is an amazing resource, but have you ever considered making it a little more user-friendly and visually appealing?
A:Ian and I do plan to make the site more user-friendly and visually appealing. It has been difficult for us to coordinate our schedules. He and I live in different states. I started the page when I used dial-up so I wanted to make the pages easy to download.

Q:What have you seen in the last several years that has been different in Pats approach to cap management? Do you see a vastly different style in say, when pre-, during, and post-Pioli periods?
A:Yes, I have seen the Patriots take a different approach to their contracts over the years. Since the new CBA in 2011 they have used more 46-game active roster bonuses than they have had in the past. They have also increased their use of incentives.

Q: What have been the salary cap limits?

A:
2014 $133,000,000
2013 $123,000,000
2012 $120,600,000
2011 $120,375,000
2010 uncapped
2009 $127,997,000 – An adjustment was made to the 2009 salary cap to raise it from $123 million to $127.997 million because spending on players in 2008 fell below 59.5 percent of the NFL’s total revenue
2008 $116,739,000
2007 $109,134,000
2006 $102,000,000
2005 $85,500,000
2004 $80,582,000
2003 $75,007,000
2002 $71,100,000
2001 $67,400,000
2000 $62,172,000
1999 $58,353,000
1998 $52,388,000
1997 $41,450,000
1996 $40,777,000
1995 $37,100,000
1994 $34,600,000

Q:Is there a date where the Pats can still use its available cap space for this year and have it count against this year’s cap?
A: There are a couple of deadlines here.

  1. the Monday of the 10th week of the season – any salary increase for that season after that date is treated as a signing bonus for salary cap purposes and will be prorated over the new length of the contract. Example – Raise Mankins’ salary by 2 million dollars in Week 6. That salary increase hits only the 2014 cap. Raise Mankins’ 2014 salary in Week 13. That salary increase is prorated over 2 years (the life of the contract.
  2. the end of the regular season. Any deal done after then will not affect the 2014 cap year.Q: What are the differences between a credited season and an accrued season?
    A: A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons. An accrued season determines when a player reaches free agency. If a player at the end of his contract has 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA. If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA. A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

Q:How does the salary cap system work??
A:The In2theLeague’s website does an excellent job of explaining how the salary cap system – IMO, their salary cap explanation pages are A MUST READ for all those who want to expand their knowledge of the NFL salary cap.

Q: How much will it cost to sign the Patriots’ 2014 draft class??
A:http://www.patscap.com/2014draftclass0418.png shows my latest estimate

Q:What is the rookie pool?
A:Adamjt13′s blog provides the best explanation I have ever seen. Quick summary – The rookie pool is, essentially, a cap within a salary cap. It represents the maximum in aggregate salary cap value that a team is permitted to invest in its draft choices and also the undrafted free agents it signs. It is included in, not exclusive of, the team’s overall cap spending limit. Because of the “rule of 51″ clubs will not have to carve out the entire difference between their available cap space and rookie pool allocation.

Q: What is the Patriots’ cap picture look like for the future?
A:See for my 2015 Patriots salary cap page. You can see my 2015 Patriots salary cap preview by following this link.
See for my 2016 Patriots salary cap page.
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for my 2017 Patriots salary cap page.
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for my 2018 Patriots salary cap page.
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for my 2019 Patriots salary cap page.

Q:If and when the Patriots will get any cap credit for Aaron Hernandez?
Q:I wrote about Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications here.

Q:Do I believe that the Patriots adopted a win-now mentality during the 2014 offseason.
Q:Quick answer – no. See why I think so here.

Q: Can you explain how compensatory picks are determined??
A: Adamjt13 did an excellent job of explaining how compensatory picks are determined on his blog

Q: Can you explain how restructures/extensions work??
A:The Ickster provides the best explanation. You can see his explanation by following this link – Ickster’s restructure explanation

Q:Can you provide some information on practice squads??
A: After noon EST on September 3rd, each club may establish a Practice Squad of no more than eight (10) players who are free agents and who did not dress for more than eight (8) regular season games during their only accrued (i.e., on the 53 man roster for at least 6 games) season. The minimum salary for a Practice Squad player is $6,300 per week (a higher salary can be negotiated), including playoff weeks. In addition, a player under contract to a club as a Practice Squad player is completely free to sign a contract with another NFL club during the season in order to be on the second club’s Active/Inactive (i.e., 53 man) list. If another club signs a Practice Squad player to its 53 man roster it does not have to provide any sort of compensation to the player’s former club but it generally must keep the player on the 53 man roster for at least 3 weeks, thereby mandating that he earns in 2014 the minimum first year salary for said 3 week period ($420,000 prorated weekly). Also note that a team can add and release players from the practice squad as often as it desires and the eight (10) man limit does not have to be maintained. A player may be on the practice squad for two seasons; three weeks on the practice squad count as a season.

Q:What is PUP?
A: My answer is based on a Ron Del Duca’s Agent Column on ProfootballTalk.Com and an Michael Felger article regarding Rosevelt Colvin. A player who fails his club’s pre-season physical at the start of training camp may be placed on the club’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. A player on PUP is eligible to receive his salary, but is ineligible for games and practices; he is, however, allowed to attend team meetings. For a three (3) week period beginning with the day after the club’s 6th regular season game and ending on the day after the 9th regular season game, a player on PUP may practice with his club and/or be restored to the club’s 53 man roster (provided it is done before the day after the 9th regular season game). Note that there are two different types of PUP. Players that land on reserve-PUP are ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks of the regular season. Players on active-PUP can be taken off the list at any point during training camp. Once a player is taken off active-PUP and returns to practice, he cannot be placed on reserve-PUP later. Please note that a player on PUP will count against the cap. I think but do not know for sure that players on active-PUP count against the 80-man roster limit and players on reserve-PUP do not.

Q: How does the waiver system work??
A: The following explanation was found in the 2005 NFL Record & Fact Book. As far as I can tell, it is still appropriate. “The waiver system is a procedure by which player contracts or NFL rights to players are made available by a club to other clubs in the league. During the procedure, the 30 other clubs either file claims to obtain the players or waive the opportunity to do so – thus the term “waiver.” Claiming clubs are assigned players on a priority based on the inverse of won-and-lost standing. The claiming period is three business days from the beginning of the League Year through April 30, 10 days from May 1 through the last business day before July 4, and 24 hours after July 4 through the conclusion of the regular season. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, he becomes a free agent. All waivers are no recall and no withdrawal. Under the CBA, from the beginning of the waiver system each year through the trading deadline, any veteran who has acquired four years of pension credit is not subject to the waiver system if the club desires to release him. After the trading deadline, such players are subject to the waiver system.”

Q:What are the roster limits dates that all NFL teams must make cuts by?
A:Rosters must be cut to 75 by 4PM EST on August 26th and to 53 by 6PM EST on August 30th. Players who are on the active PUP List must be moved from the list by the Patriots by either moving him to either the reserve PUP, moving him to the 53-man roster, waiving him, releasing him or by trading him. On noon August 31st the Patriots can place players on the 8-man practice squad.

Q: How much do players get paid during training camp?
A: Rookies make $925 a week. Veterans make $1,700 a week.

Q: When is the trading deadline??
A: 4PM EDT, October 18th.

The following questions were asked on an Internet message board and Adamjt13 answered them. Adamjt13 deserves all of the credit for his answers.

Q: A player signs a 3-year deal for base salaries of $1 mil. Year 1, $1.5 mil. in Year 2, and $2 mil. in Year 3. The base salaries for all three years are guaranteed. There is no signing bonus. Does the guaranteeing of the base salaries affect the salary cap distribution of the player’s salaries?
A:
Not unless the salaries are also paid in advance. Any guarantees paid in advance are prorated. If they’re simply guaranteed, then they count as any other base salaries would.

Q:This question is extremely trivial. A player is signed to a three-year contract and receives a signing bonus of $1,000,000. Is the signing bonus pro-ration $333,333 for all three years? Then there’d be $1 unaccounted for. Is that correct or would there be a $333,334 pro-ration thrown in there?
A:The third-year proration would be $333,334.

Q:A player signs a 5-year deal with a $5 mil. signing bonus. The deal will void after three years if the player has hit certain incentives and if he’s still on the roster on the last day of the Year 3 league year. So three seasons pass and the player has hit those incentives. After the deal voids, the remaining $2 million in pro-rated signing bonus will count against the team’s Year 4 cap. How will the cap hit of this $2 million be distributed if the team signs the player to a multi-year deal before the start of the Year 3 League Year? How will it be distributed if the team signs the player to a multi-year deal after Feb. 28?
A:If the contract is extended before it voids, the prorated amounts do not accelerate. His original proration of $1 million per year for the next two years remains in effect. Any new signing bonus prorations from the extension are added to it.

Q:A player is in the last year of his contract. The team signs him to a three-year extension. When is the deadline that the team can sign him to this extension and have the signing bonus pro-rated over four years rather than three?
A:Anytime before the last game of the season, as long as his salary for that season doesn’t increase. If it’s after the Monday of the 10th week of the season, any salary increase for that season is treated as a signing bonus for salary cap purposes and is prorated over the new length of the contract (he gets the money that season, though).

Q:A player signs a 3-year deal with a $3 million signing bonus. He has four or more credited seasons. In the middle of Year 2, after the trading deadline, the player is waived by the team. He is immediately claimed on waivers by another team. How is the pro-rated $1 mil. amount for Year 3 then distributed? Does it count on the Year 2 cap or the Year 3 cap?
A:The June 2 rule doesn’t apply for players who are claimed on waivers. It counts on Year 2.

Q:A player signs a 3-year deal with a $3 million. signing bonus and $1 million in base salary each year. After two years, the player is suspended for a season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. After that season, he returns to the team to finish the final year of his contract. What are the player’s cap hits for Year 3 (year player is suspended) and Year 4? Is it $1 mil. for each year (Year 3 – signing bonus pro-ration but no base salary, Year 4 – base salary but no signing bonus pro-ration)?
A:When a player is suspended, his prorated signing bonuses still count, but his base salary does not. It’s $1 million for Year 3 and $1 million for the added Year 4.
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Q:A team finishes Year 1 with $3 mil. remaining in cap space. All the LTBE incentives in Year 1 were achieved. There were also $3 million in NLTBE incentives that were achieved in Year 1. Will the leftover $3 million in Year 1 cap space account for this $3 million in NTLBE incentives or are the $3 mil. in incentives automatically applied to the Year 2 cap?

A:All NLTBE incentives are applied to that season. Any overruns are applied to the following year’s cap. (So, if there had been $4 million in NLTBE’s, then the $3 million left over would be used up, and the other $1 million would count against the Year 2 cap.)

Q:A player with four or more credited seasons is on Team A’s opening day roster. He is scheduled to earn $680,000 in base salary ($40,000/week). This base salary is guaranteed since he was on the opening day roster. He is waived by the team after Week 10. He has earned $400,000 of the $680,000 in base salary. Team A’s cap hit will be $680,000 if he isn’t signed by another team the rest of the season, but what if Team B claims the player on waivers and keeps him for the rest of the year? What is the cap hit for each team then? What if the player clears waivers and then is signed by Team B for the rest of the year at the same salary? What if the player clears waivers and then is signed by Team B for the rest of the year at a lower salary?
A:If the player is claimed on waivers, Team A is freed from the players base salary. If he’s not claimed, they could be obligated to pay the rest of his salary as Termination Pay. That doesn’t change even if he’s later signed by another team. Team A is still charged for the full salary. The thing is, the player must request Termination Pay, and he can do it only once during his career. So if he has done it before or decides not to, Team A might not be on the hook for the rest of his salary.

Q:A player with four or more credited seasons is on a team’s opening day roster and is cut during the season in Year 1. He doesn’t sign with another team and collects his entire scheduled base salary as termination pay. What happens if the same thing happens in Year 2? I don’t think he can collect his entire scheduled base salary as termination pay again, can he? Does the team in Year 2 only receive a cap hit for the weeks on which the player was on the roster or do they take a hit for his entire scheduled base salary?
A:You’re correct. He can get Termination Pay only once. So if the team in Year 2 cuts him, they get charged only what they paid him.
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Q:What is the amount usually paid by a team for each individual injury settlement at end of preseason?
A:Injury settlements typically pay players for as long as they would have been out with the injury. For example, if a player has a sprained ankle that would have kept him out for two games, he’ll usually accept two weeks’ salary as an injury settlement. But he doesn’t have to accept an injury settlement at all. Then the team can decide either to release him outright and see if he files a grievance (in which case half of his salary would count against the cap) or to put him on injured reserve.
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Q:What effect does spending the entire season on the non-football injury list have on a player’s contract and salary cap number for that season? Is his situation similar to that of a suspended player?
A:I wrote an answer, then realized that it was almost as long and not quite as succinct as the part of the CBA that applies. So here that is –
“Section 3. Non-Football Injury: A player who is placed on a Non-Football Injury or Illness list (“N-F/I”) will not be entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such list but, except as provided below, his contract will continue to run while in such status. A player on N-F/I who is in the final year of his contract (including an option year) will have his contract tolled. However, if the player is physically able to perform his football services on or before the sixth regular season game, the club must pay the player his negotiated salary (pro rata) for the balance of the season in order to toll such player’s contract. If such player is taken off N-F/I during the period when such action is allowed by League rules, his contract will not be tolled.”


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