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This past week’s (7/28/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

  1. On July 21st the Patriots waived Seali’i Epenesa retired. His waiving did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he did not receive a signing bonus or have any of his salary guaranteed.
  2. On July 21st the Patriots signed Eathyn Manumaleuna. This signing did not affect the Patriots salary cap at all since Eathyn did not receive a signing bonus as part of his three-year deal
  3. On July 21st the Patriots placed DL Dominique Easley, RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and T Chris Martin on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list. CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Aaron Dobson, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Tommy Kelly and ST/WR Matt Slater were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. These transactions did not affect the Patriots salary cap at all.
  4. On July 23rd the Patriots waived Tyler McDonald retired. His waiving did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he did not receive a signing bonus or have any of his salary guaranteed.
  5. On July 23rd the Patriots re-signed Greg Orton. This re-signing did not affect the Patriots salary cap at all since Greg did not receive a signing bonus as part of his three-year deal.
  6. On July 24th Roy Finch was activated from the NFI list
  7. On July 25th the Patriots released Nate Byham freeing up $225,000 in cap space as James White’s $420,000 salary will take Byham’s place in the Top 51 list.
  8. On July 27th the Patriots signed Cole Stanford and Brian Tyms. They also waived/ijured Greg Orton. As Nick Caserio said in his press conference, Orton will end up on IR after he clears waivers at 4PM the 28th. It is very doubtful that a team will claim him. On Orton is on IR he will take up $303,000 in cap space. $303,000 is the split salary for a player who was earning a $420,000 salary. The Patriots and Orton have 5 days to reach an injury settlement after he clears waivers. I doubt that with a torn Achilles Orton will agree to an injury settlement.
  9. Updated my blog post that lists the Patriots eligible for the practice squad.
  10. The Patriots started the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,100,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their 90-man active roster and one player on Injured Reserve. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $10,072,757.22 so the Patriots have about $3.9 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space.

This past week (7/20/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) On July 16th Armond Armstead retired. His retirement did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51. By retiring Armstead forego the $250,000 salary guarantee.

2.) On July 17th Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins were waived. Their waivers did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all since they did not receive a signing bonus or have any of their salaries guaranteed.

3.) On July 18th the Patriots resigned Derrick Johnson and signed Tyler McDonald. Their signings did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all since they did not receive a signing bonus.

4.) On July 20th the Patriots signed Nate Byham. Since he has 3 credited seasons his minimum salary is $645,000 and is not eligible for the veteran minimum salary benefit. A player needs 4 credited seasons to qualify for the MSB.

5.) Updated my examination of incentives and their impact on the Patriots salary cap. I try to substantiate why I believe that the Patriots will have to leave about a 4 million cushion at the beginning of the regular season to account for incentives.

6.) Updated my salary cap breakdowns. My breakdowns include the following

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

This past week I focused on the offense.
Quarterbacks
Running backs
Tight Ends
Wide Receivers
Offensive Linemen

7.) Thanks to a tweet by the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin learned that the Patriots received a $79,200 credit on their cap in late May as part of a settlement of Michael Jenkins’ grievance. Updated my breakdown of the Patriots dead money. Am glad to report that after learning that piece of information my salary cap space numbernow matches the NFLPA’s.

8.) Created a blog post that lists the Patriots eligible for the practice squad.

9.) The Patriots started the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,178,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $10,051,233.19 so the Patriots have about $3.9 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space.

2014 Patriots eligible for practice squad – Updated on 7/27/2014

On August 31st the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which consists of up to eight players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad. Below are the criteria:

  1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).
  2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Steve Beauharnais).
  3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team’s current roster and the reason why they are eligible.

  1. Chris Barker (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  2. Steve Beauharnais (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  3. Jake Bequette (Two accrued seasons with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  4. Malcolm Butler (Rookie)
  5. Braxston Cave (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  6. Ja’Gared Davis (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  7. Kannoris Davis (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  8. Jordan Devey (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  9. Dominique Easley (Rookie)
  10. Roy Finch (Rookie)
  11. Cameron Fleming (Rookie)
  12. Darius Fleming (No accrued seasons)
  13. Marcus Forston (Patriots must have a full 53-man roster since Forston has played on a practice squad for two seasons)
  14. Tyler Gaffney (Rookie)
  15. Jeremy Gallon (Rookie)
  16. Jimmy Garoppolo (Rookie)
  17. Shamiel Gary (Rookie)
  18. Cameron Gordon (Rookie)
  19. Jonas Gray (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  20. Justin Green (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  21. Jon Halapio (Rookie)
  22. Travis Hawkins (Rookie)
  23. Stephen Houston (Rookie)
  24. Derrick Johnson (Rookie)
  25. Justin Jones (Rookie)
  26. Josh Kline (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  27. Eathyn Manumaleuna (Rookie)
  28. Chris Martin (Rookie)
  29. Taylor McCuller (Rookie)
  30. Zach Moore (Rookie)
  31. Tyler Ott (Rookie)
  32. Sealver Siliga (Patriots must have a full 53-man roster since Siliga has played on a practice squad for two seasons)
  33. Deontae Skinner (Rookie)
  34. Cole Stanford (Rookie)
  35. Bryan Stork (Rookie)
  36. Daxton Swanson (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  37. Jemea Thomas (Rookie)
  38. L.T. Tuipulotu (Rookie)
  39. Brian Tyms (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  40. Wilson Van Hooser (Rookie)
  41. Asa Watson (Rookie)
  42. James White (Rookie)

Greg Orton is ineligible since he was placed on Injured Reserve on July 28th.

This past week (7/12/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) Updated my blog post that looks at Devin McCourty’s comparables and then proposes an extension with him and the Patriots. Added the results of 4 recent rankings of the Top 100 players in the NFL.

2.) Added to my main salary cap page links to my Patriots Future Cap hits page

3.) On July 10th it was reported on NFL.Com that Andre Johnson told the Houston Texans that he no longer wants to be on the team. Of course, the New England Patriots was mentioned as a possible landing spot for Andre. So I created a blog post in which I examined if it is feasible or possible for the Patriots to acquire Andre Johnson in a trade.

4.) The Patriots started the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $9,867,858.19 so the Patriots have about $3.5 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space.

5.) Updated my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post and how the Patriots could even create more space this year.

6.) Created a blog post which broke down the Patriots salary cap allocations by position, by age and by unit.

7.) While the Patriots officially have $6,403,532 in cap space it is interesting that the 3 main NFL salary cap sites all have different numbers. I have them with $6,324,332 in cap space. OvertheCap.com has the Pats with $6,669,224 in cap space. Spotrac.Com has the Patriots with $6,000,467 in cap space.


The cap implications may be too great to land Tom Brady a player like Andre johnson. (USA TODAY Images)

On July 10th it was reported on NFL.Com that Andre Johnson told the Houston Texans that he no longer wants to be on the team. Of course, the New England Patriots was mentioned as a possible landing spot for Andre. In this blog post I intend to examine if it is feasible or possible for the Patriots to acquire Andre Johnson in a trade.

Andre Johnson is signed through the 2016 season. If the Texans were to trade Andre Johnson in 2014, they would take a dead money cap hit of $4,644,583 in 2014 and a $7,139,583 dead money hit in 2015 as they would be responsible for the remaining signing bonus prorations.

Year Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings
2014 $10,000,000 $4,644,583 $1,000,000 $15,644,583 $4,644,583 $11,000,000
2015 $10,500,000 $4,644,583 $1,000,000 $16,144,583 $7,139,583 $8,825,000
2016 $11,000,000 $2,675,000 $1,000,000 $14,675,000 $2,675,000 $12,000,000

According to a tweet by Joel Corry, the 1 million roster bonus is dependent on Andre Johnson participating in ninety percent of the Texans’ offseason workouts, and being a full participant in OTAs, minicamp & training camp. Andre Johnson has not met those requirements. While the CBA mentions some incentives are re-evaluated when a player is traded – “Any team performance-related incentive will be revalued under the “likely to be earned” rules if the contract is assigned to a new Team through trade or waiver” the CBA does not mention how a individual performance-related incentive like the 1 million roster bonus would be treated in a trade. I will take the cautious approach and presume that his new team would be on the hook for the 1 million roster bonus until there was a renegotiation of his deal. Therefore, I am presuming that his new team would be responsible for the $34.5 million in new money left on Johnson’s deal.

Per the CBA, the Patriots would have to be under the cap by $10,580,000 in order to take on Andre Johnson’s 10 million salary and 1 million roster bonus. Remember when Tom Brady converted most of his 2007 salary into a signing bonus so that the Patriots could absorb Randy Moss’ $9.75 million salary. The Patriots are under their adjusted cap number by $6,403,532. Therefore, they would have to create $4,176,468 in cap space in order to make the trade. Why not 11 million? Because of the Top 51 rule. That is, Andre Johnson would displace James White from the Top 51 list. James White has the 51st highest cap number on the Patriots. White has a salary of $420,000. 11 million minus $420,000 equals $10,580,000.

How can the Patriots create $4,176,468 in cap space? A combination of the following.

1.) 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

2a.) 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.
2b) Releasing Mankins eould change Mankins’ numbers to
2014 – $4,000,000 ($6,250,000 gross saving and a $5,830,000 net savings on the cap as a player with a $420,000 salary would replace Mankins in the Top 51 list)
2015 – $4,000,000- (a 7 million savings)
2016 – $0 – (a 7 million savings)
2c.) Converting all but $1 million of his 2014 $6.25m salary and all but 1 million of his 2015 $6.75 salary to a signing bonus while lowering his 2016 salary from $6.75 million to $5 million would change the above numbers to
2014 – $8,916,666 (a $1,583,334 savings) – $1,000,000 salary + 7,666,666 prorated signing bonus +250,000 offseason workout bonus
2015 – $8,916,666 – (a $2,083,334 saving) – $1,000,000 salary + 250K workout bonus + 7,666,666 prorated signing bonus
2016 – $8,961,668 – (a $1,916,668 increase) – 5m salary +250K workout bonus + 3,666,668 prorated signing bonus

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. Ben Volin tweeted that trading Amendola would cost the Patriots $2.25 million in cap space. Ben is wrong. Amendola’s 2014 cap hit of $4,575,000 consists of a 3 million salary, $1.2 million signing bonus proration, and $375,000 in 46-man per game roster bonuses. If traded, the Patriots would be responsible for the $1.2 million.

Unlike in 2007 it will not be easy for the Patriots to convert salaries into signing bonuses since most of the 11 players with the highest salaries on the team are either older (Mankins and Brady) or coming off injury (Gronkowski, Amendola, Mayo, Vollmer) or both (Wilfork).

Also, unlike 2007 it will not be easy to offer Andre Johnson a NTLBE incentive-laden contract that does not immediately count against the cap. Randy Moss’ poor season in 2006 (42 catches, 553 yds, 3TDs) made it easy for Pats to create an NLTBE incentive-laden contract in 2007. Randy Moss’ 2007 incentives consisted of a
350K bonus for 45 receptions
another 350K for 55 receptions
another 350K for 65 receptions
another 350K for 75 receptions
another 350K for 85 receptions
and a 250K Pro Bowl bonus

Here’s one possible restructure of an Andre Johnson deal

Year Base Salary 2014 Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Cap Number Dead Money Cap Savings
2014 $1,000,000 $3,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $2,000,000
2015 $10,500,000 $3,000,000 $1,000,000 $14,500,000 $6,000,000 $8,500,000
2016 $11,000,000 $3,000,000 $1,000,000 $15,000,000 $3,000,000 $12,000,000

The problem with this proposed deal is not in 2014 but is with 2015 and 2016. As of July 10, 2014 the Patriots’ 2015 cap commitments already total $146,013,351 and the Patriots’ 2016 cap commitments total $105,570,347. The Patriots have 52 players signed thru 2016.

  • 14 players (Brady, Mayo, Mankins, Gronkowski, Amendola, Wilfork, Arrington, Ninkovich, Edelman, Browner,Vollmer, Lafell, Easley, Collins) have average cap value of over 1M for the 2014/2015/2016 seasons
  • 12 (Brady, Mayo, Mankins, Gronkowski, Amendola, Wilfork, Arrington, Ninkovich, Edelman, Browner,Vollmer, Lafell) have an average cap value of over 3 million
  • 9 (Brady, Mayo, Mankins, Gronkowski, Amendola, Wilfork, Arrington, Vollmer, Browner) have an average cap value of over 4 Million
  • 6 (Brady, Mayo, Mankins, Gronkowski, Amendola, Wilfork) have an average cap value of over 5 million
  • 5 (Brady, Mayo, Mankins, Gronkowski, Wilfork) have an average cap value of over 6 million
  • 3 (Brady, Mayo, Mankins) have an average cap value of over 9M
  • Brady has an average cap value of $13.933,333

Andre Johnson is due in new money an average of $11.5 million in 2014/2015/2016.

The Patriots have 19 players who will become free agents after this year, 22 after 2015. Some of the upcoming free agents (Ridley, Vereen, McCourty, Revis, Gostkowski, Solder) are key contributors. Plus, the Patriots have to decide by May 3, 2015 if they want to pick up the 2016 options (at a cost of 7 to 9 million each) for Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower.

Summary, only if you believe in Felger’s simplistic “cap is crap” nonsense should anyone believe that acquiring Andre Johnson as long as he expects to receive $34.5 million in new money over a 3-year period will not affect the Patriots’ ability to retain all of their young talent.

To sum up, while it is possible for the Patriots to trade up for Andre Johnson, I just do not see the Patriots doing it because of how it will affect both the 2014 and 2015 cap.

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

This past week (7/5/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) On Sunday June 29th Mike Reiss reported that Dominique Easley is scheduled to get his 2017 $415,939 roster bonus the 5th day of the 2017 training camp. This news only solidifies my contention that Easley received a worse deal in terms of structure than did Jimmy Ward who was selected right after Easley. Since I consider getting more money sooner a benefit to the player, I consider Ward’s deal to have a more player-friendly structure as he will be getting a larger roster bonus ($677,390) sooner in 2017 (3rd day of training camp) and will also be receiving an offseason workout bonus of $22,500.

2.) Updated 2016 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2016 cap commitment is $103,170,347 with 47 signed players.

3.) Also updated 2015 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2015 cap commitment is $146,013,351 with 70 signed players.

4.) Created individual cap pages for OL Jon Halapio, WR Jeremy Gallon, DB Jemea Thomas, RB James White, and OL Cameron Fleming,

5.) The Patriots started the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $9,979,753.72 so the Patriots have about $3.5 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space. You can read my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post.

6.) While the Patriots officially have $6,403,532 in cap space it is interesting that the 3 main NFL salary cap sites all have different numbers. I have them with $6,324,332 in cap space. OvertheCap.com has the Pats with $6,669,224 in cap space. Spotrac.Com has the Patriots with $6,000,467 in cap space.

This past week (6/28/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) On June 23rd the Patriots signed OT Chris Martin.  His signing did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because his salary of $420,000 does not crack the Top 51 salary cap hits. Chris Martin did not receive a signing bonus.

2.) Also on June 23rd the Patriots signed Dominique Easley. With the Easley signing the Patriots now have all of the 2014 draft class signed. The Easley signing cause the Patriots to lose $832,918 in cap space. Easley’s salaries for the 2014/2015/2016 salaries are fully guaranteed. He is scheduled to get a $415,939 roster bonus early in the 2017 League Year along with a $1 million salary. 80.6% of Easley’s contract is fully guaranteed. That guarantee percentage is closer to the guarantee percentage (80.5%) received by Jimmy Ward who was selected right after Easley than to the guarantee percentage (80.9%) received by Kelvin Benjamin who was selected right before Easley. Since I consider getting more money sooner a benefit to the player, I consider Ward’s deal to have a more player-friendly structure as he will be getting a larger roster bonus ($677,390) in 2017 and will also be receiving an offseason workout bonus of $22,500.

3.) Updated my 2017 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2017 cap commitment for $52,659,889 with 14 players.

4.) Created individual cap pages for WR Jeremy Johnson and DT Seali’i Epenesa

5.) Corrected the sorting problem with heights on my Patriots roster page.

6.) The Patriots started the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $9,984,128.72 so the Patriots have $3.5 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space. You can read my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post.

7.) While the Patriots officially have $6,403,532 in cap space it is interesting that the 3 main NFL salary cap sites all have different numbers. I have them with $6,324,332 in cap space. OvertheCap.com has the Pats with $6,669,224 in cap space. Spotrac.Com has the Patriots with $6,000,467 in cap space.

This past week (6/22/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) On June 16th the Patriots waived TE Kyle Auffray. His release did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51 and he did not receive a signing bonus when he signed with the Patriots.
2.) On June 17th the Patriots signed undrafted free agent DT Seali’i Epenesa. His signing did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because his salary of $420,000 does not crack the Top 51 salary cap hits. Seali’i did not receive a signing bonus.
3.) On June 19th the Patriots waived Reggie Dunn. His release did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51. The Patriots ended the 2013 season with these eight players (Braxston Cave, Jordan Devey, Marcus Forston, Reggie Dunn, Sam McGuffie, Greg Orton, R.J. Mattes, and Taylor Reed) on their practice squad. Reggie Dunn is now the 5th member to be waived this year. Only Braxston Cave, Jordan Devey and Marcus Forston remain.
4.) The Patriots started the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. They ended the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 89 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the Patriots have about 3 million in cap space less than the league average. The Patriots have the 14th amount of cap space. Will probably drop to 11th when they sign Dominique Easley. Signing Easley will cause the Patriots to lose $832,918 in cap space. You can read my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post.
5.) Speaking of Easley, he is one of 6 unsigned draft picks.

    • If paid a roster bonus in 2017, when it is paid? Players want their roster bonuses as soon as possible.
    • How much of his 2017 salary is guaranteed?
    • If and when it becomes fully guaranteed?
    • If Easley goes on IR, does he paid his scheduled salary or the split salary?
    • If Easley goes on IR in a season and that season is not a credited season for him, will future salaries be affected? The minimum salary for a player is determined by the number of credited seasons a player has. A players has to be on the 53-man roster for 3 games to earn a credited seasons. Games on IR do not count in the credited season calculation.
    • To sum up the last 2 bullets, how much injury protection will his contract contain?
    • Will his contract contain offsets? If Easley is released by the Patriots before his contract ends and he is signed by another team, an offset means that the Patriots would receive a credit on their salary cap for the amount Easley receives from his new team.
    • Easley want to be paid more than his slot. Since the Patriots spent less than the allocated amount on the signing bonuses paid to their UDFAs, they have rookie pool room to pay Easley more than this slot position.
    • The Patriots want to pay Easley less than his slot.

6.) Created a cap page that lists all of the future salary cap hits for every Patriots players that also lists when the player will hit free agency. This page is sortable.

This past week (6/13/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

1.) On June 9th the Patriots waived WR Derrick Johnson. His release did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51 and he did not receive a signing bonus when he signed with the Patriots.
2.) Also on June 9th the Patriots signed TE Kyle Auffray. His signing did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because his salary of $420,000 does not crack the Top 51 salary cap hits. Kyle did not receive a signing bonus.
3.) Since it was reported earlier this month that the Patriots have started/picked up their contract extension talks with Devin McCourty decided to create a blog post dedicated to examining Devin McCourty’s comparables and proposing a contract for him and the Patriots.
4.) On June 11th the Patriots waived R.J. Mattes. His release did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because he was not among the Top 51. By my count 14 rookies (Quentin Hines, T.J. Moe, Lavasier Tuinei, Elvis Fisher, Brandon Ford, R.J. Mattes, Jonathan Haggerty, Luke Patterson, Chris McDonald, Cory Grissom, Markus Zusevics, Kamar Aiken, Anthony Rashad White, Brice Schwab) were placed on IR before the start of the 2013 regular season. After Mattes’ release none of the fourteen are currently on the Patriots roster.
5.) On June 12th the Patriots signed WR Jeremy Johnson to a contract. His signing did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because his salary of $420,000 does not crack the Top 51 salary cap hits. Jeremy did not receive a signing bonus.
6.) The Patriots started the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. They ended the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. As you can see on the NFLPA site the Patriots have about 3 million in cap space less than the league average. The Patriots have the 13th amount of cap space. Will probably drop to 12th when they sign Dominique Easley. You can read my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post.
7.) Speaking of Easley, he is one of 17 unsigned draft picks.

Here are some likely causes of the delay in Easley’s signing in no particular order.
•If paid a roster bonus in 2017, when it is paid? Players want their roster bonuses as soon as possible.
•How much of his 2017 salary is fully guaranteed and if and when it becomes fully guaranteed?
•If Easley goes on IR, does he paid his scheduled salary or the split salary?
•If Easley goes on IR in a season and that season is not a credited season for him, will future salaries be affected? The minimum salary for a player is determined by the number of credited seasons a player has. A players has to be on the 53-man roster for 3 games to earn a credited seasons. Games on IR do not count in the credited season calculation.
•Will his contract contain offsets?
•To sum up the last 3 bullets, how much injury protection will his contract contain?
8.) Made some progress in determining why my numbers differ from the NFLPA’s numbers by $79,200. Eliminated the possibility that a Patriot player redid his contract by converting part of his salary into a signing bonus.
9.) Updated my salary cap breakdown of the Patriots safety position.