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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%

Previewing the New England Patriots 2015 Salary Cap – Updated on September 2, 2014

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

These numbers were updated on September 2, 2014. These numbers include the impact of the transactions that occurred during cutdown week.

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

I will first list the 11 pending free agents after 2014, then list the 49 New England Patriots under contract for the 2015 season.

  1. ERFA – James Develin, FB – Expect Develin to be tendered in 2015 if he plays in 2014 like he did in 2013
  2. ERFA – Sealver Siliga, DT – Expect Siliga to be tendered in 2015 if he plays in 2014 like he did in the end of 2013
  3. RFA – Brandon Bolden, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  4. UFA – Marcus Cannon, G – Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting right guard in 2015 with the loser going elsewhere in free agency.
  5. UFA – Patrick Chung, S – Patrick’s 2014 roster spot is not secure as there are other cheaper options (Kanorris Davis, 2014 draft picks) around.
  6. UFA – Dan Connolly, G – Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting right guard in 2015 with the loser going elsewhere in free agency.
  7. UFA – Stephen Gostkowski, K – Expect the Ghost to be extended before the start of the 2015 League Year.
  8. 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.
  9. UFA – Stevan Ridley, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.
  10. UFA – Matthew Slater, WR/Special Teams Ace – Expect Slater to be extended before the end of the 2014 League Year.
  11. UFA – Shane Vereen, RB – Brandon Bolden, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen are probably in a battle to see who will be the Patriots starting running back in 2015 with the losers going elsewhere in free agency.

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) – Mayo must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge.
  4. TE Rob Gronkowski ($8,650,000 cap charge) – Gronk must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge. Otherwise, I could see the Pats releasing him before the start of the 2015 League Year so as to avoid guaranteeing his 2015 $4.75 million salary.
  5. DT Vince Wilfork ($8,058,333 cap charge) – Vince must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge. Otherwise, I could see the Pats releasing him before the start of the 2015 League Year so as to avoid paying him his 2015 $4 million roster bonus that is due the first day of the 2015 League Year. Since Vince has a 46-man active roster bonus, he will increase his 2015 cap number by $31,250 a game for every game he plays in 2014 that is more than 4. Example, he plays in 16 games in 2014. His cap number will increase by $31,250 X 12 or $375,000
  6. LB 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 ($5,575,00 cap charge) – Yet another Patriot that must stay healthy and play well in 2015 in order to remain worthy of such a high cap charge.
  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 a 2014 draft pick surpasses him on the depth chart.
  10. OT Sebastian Vollmer ($4.5M cap charge) – Vollmer just signed an extension in 2013 so the Patriots obviously view SeaBass as the future at RT. The more he plays in 2014, the higher his 2015 cap number will be.
  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) – Lafell must hold off Thompkins, Boyce, and Mark Harrison in 2014 in order to have a Patriots roster spot 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. TE Michael Hoomanawanui ($1,761,250 cap charge) – An excellent price for what the Hooman brings to the table.
  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 must return to the level of play he demonstrated in 2012 to be on the roster in 2015. If he plays in 2014 like he did in 2013, I expect the Patriots to release him early in 2015.
  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. 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.
  21. LB Jamie Collins ($1,025,728 cap charge) – Expected 2014 starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  22. WR Aaron Dobson ($935,010 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  23. CB Logan Ryan ($745,813 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  24. S Duron Harmon ($724,400 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  25. QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($723,436 cap charge) – 2014 backup locked in a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  26. S Nate Ebner ($684,150 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price thanks to his rookie contract
  27. C Bryan Stork ($629,250 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor/starter locked in a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  28. RB James White ($609,272 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2016 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  29. DE Michael Buchanan ($598,403 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  30. WR Kenbrell Thompkins ($585,834 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  31. P Ryan Allen ($585,500 cap charge) – Expected 2014 punter locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  32. OT Cameron Fleming ($585,146 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie
  33. DT Chris Jones ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  34. S Don Jones ($585,000 cap charge) – Locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season
  35. OG Josh Kline ($585,000 cap charge) – Expected 2014 contributor locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  36. DT Joe Vellano ($585,000 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season thanks to his rookie contract
  37. WR Brian Tyms ($585,000 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season
  38. TE Tim Wright ($585,000 cap charge) – Locked in a cheap price through the 2014 season. Signed through the 2015 season but able to renegotiate his deal after the 2014 season.
  39. DE Zach Moore ($535,550 cap charge) – Roster bubble player locked in a cheap price through the 2017 season thanks to his rookie contract.
  40. DT Kelcy Quarles ($510,000 cap charge) – Locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season since he was a 2014 UDFA
  41. DT Bruce Gaston ($510,000 cap charge) – Locked in a cheap price through the 2015 season since he was a 2014 UDFA
  42. CB Malcolm Butler ($510,000 cap charge) – Malcolm has been making some noise at training camp and may make the 2014 roster.
  43. OT Jordan Devey ($510,000 cap charge) – Do not expect Jordan to make the 2014 roster. Expect him to once again be on the Patriots practice squad. Expect that Devey will be signed to a futures contract early in 2015 at a $435,000 salary.
  44. LB Darius Fleming ($510,000 cap charge) – Darius needs to take advantage of his opportunity – a thin depth chart at linebacker – in order to make the 2014 roster.
  45. 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.
  46. RB Tyler Gaffney ($435,000 cap charge) – Tyler will spend the 2014 season on Injured Reserve.
  47. LB James Morris ($435,000 cap charge) – James 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.
  48. WR Greg Orton ($435,000 cap charge) – Greg Orton will spend the 2014 season on Injured Reserve.

Please note that I am using one of Adamjt13′s post as a template for this portion. I currently have the 2015 Patriots’ current cap number as $132,535,288 with 48 signed players. For simplicity sake, I will round this figure to $132.5 million. The following factors will change that:

  • Exclusive Rights Free agents – The Patriots are scheduled to have three players eligible for exclusive rights free agency in 2015. They are James Develin and Sealver Siliga. Their tender offers will be $660,000. Add the duo to the Top 51 list will add $1.32 million to the Patriots 2015 cap commitments making it now $133.82 million with 50 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 $133.82 million in 2015 cap commitments with 50 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 $14,555, 602 in cap space. They will lose over 4 million of that at 4PM Wednesday, September 3rd to account for the 10-man practice squad, players 52 and 53, Brian Tyms, and the salaries of the players who were placed on IR before the season. The Patriots will also lose cap space when the injury settlement amounts for Terrence Miller and Steve Beauharnais hit the cap. The Patriots will lose cap space throughout the year as the six players (Wilfork, Mayo, Browner, Amendola, Chung, and Hooman) play in more games in 2014 than they did in 2013.

    • Mayo’s per-game roster bonus – $312,500 if Mayo plays all 16 games
    • 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.
  • Incentives adjustment – I think that more Patriots will reach their incentives than will not which will decrease the amount of cap space that the Pats can carry over into 2015. As of August 24 the Patriots have about $4,500,000 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.
    • Mayo’s Pro Bowl bonus – $300,000 if Mayo is selected to the Pro Bowl
    • Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $2 million if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps, $1 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps

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

To sum it up, I can easily see the Patriots being close to the 2015 projected cap of $140 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 will have huge salary-cap increases in 2015 — cornerback Darrelle Revis, left tackle Nate Solder, linebacker Jerod Mayo and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Revis’ cap cost will go from $7 million this year to $25 million next year. Solder’s cap cost will go from $2,717,429 to $7,438,000. Mayo’s cap cost will go from $7,287,500 in 2014 to $10,287,500 in 2015. Mayo’s 2015 cap number may go higher. If he makes the Pro Bowl in 2014, it would make his $300,000 Pro Bowl incentive LTBE for 2015 making it count against the 2015 cap. Right now, Mayo’s 46-man active roster bonuses count $187,500 against the 2014 cap. If Mayo were to play in 16 games in 2014, the 46-game active roster bonuses cost against the 2015 cap would increase from $187,500 to $500,000. Gronk’s cap cost will go from $5,400,000 in 2014 to $8,650,000 in 2015.

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

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

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

A look at the Patriots’ 2015 contracts shows that 12 players make up over seventy percent of the 2015 projected cap number. Those 12 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $103,033,833, or 71 percent of the projected cap number of $140 million. Excluding Revis, the 11 players have a combined 2015 cap hit of $75,033,833, or 54 percent of the $140 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. $8,058,333 ……Vince Wilfork
  6. $7,438,000 ……Nate Solder
  7. $5,575,000 ……Danny Amendola
  8. $4,700,000 ……Brandon Browner
  9. $4,625,000 ……Kyle Arrington
  10. $4,500,000 ……Sebastian Vollmer
  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 Solder, could become a cap casualty after this upcoming season.

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

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

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

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

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

As of September 2, 2014 the Patriots have a total of $4,615,985 hitting the 2015 cap as dead money.

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

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

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

Current Status of Patriots Ending 2013 Roster – Updated on 9/2/2014

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

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 33
Released 3
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 3
Unsigned 3
Waived 7
IR 11
53 man roster 4
Released 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Waived 4
NFI 2
Retired 1
Waived 1
Practice Squad 8
53 man roster 1
IR 1
Waived 6
Grand Total 74

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This past week’s (8/2/2014) New England Patriots salary cap happenings

  1. On July 28th the Patriots released Josh Hull freeing up $150,000 in cap space as Michael Buchanan’s $495,000 salary took Hull’s $645,000 salary in the Top 51 list.
  2. Also on July 28th the Patriots claimed Tyler Gaffney. This signing did not affect the Patriots salary cap at all since his former team, the Panthers, are responsible for his signing bonus prorations and his $420,000 salary is not high enough to make it to the Top 51 list. On August 30th the Patriots will be able to place Gaffney on the Injured Reserve list without exposing Gaffney to the waiver process. At that time his salary will drop from $420,000 to $303,000. His $303,000 salary will start to count against the 2014 cap on midnight, September 4th.
  3. Also on July 28th Greg Orton cleared waivers at 4PM. He was then placed on IR. Once Orton is on IR his salary should drop from $420,000 to $303,000. $303,000 is the split salary for a player who was earning a $420,000 salary. If the five days is 5 calendar days, the Patriots have until 4PM on August 2nd to reach an injury settlement. If it is 5 business days, the Patriots and Orton have until 4PM Monday August 4th to reach an injury settlement. I doubt that with a torn Achilles Orton will agree to an injury settlement.
  4. On July 29th Alfonzo Dennard was activated from the PUP list
  5. On July 31st Matthew Slater was activated from the PUP list
  6. Updated my blog post that lists the Patriots eligible for the practice squad. listing the reasons why I think that the player is eligible.
  7. Updated my salary cap breakdowns. My breakdowns include the following
    • Player’s age
    • future cap hits
    • when player hits Free Agency
    • a comparison to NFL average for position
    • Lists player’s salary cap rank among the Patriots and among the players at same position if the Patriot is among the Top 50 at his position
    • lists Most overpaid
    • Also lists Most underpaid.
    • Net cap savings if cut
    • 2014 and 2015 dead money hits if cut

    This past week I started to focus on the defense. Completed the linebackers and defensive ends.

  8. The Patriots started the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,553,532 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 $10,549,660.69 so the Patriots have just under $4 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space.

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

  1. On July 21st the Patriots waived Seali’i Epenesa. 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/injured 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. Once Orton is on IR his salary should drop from $420,000 to $303,000. $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 8/30/2014

Starting at noon August 31st the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which can consist of up to ten players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad.

Below are the criteria for eight of the ten players:

  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.

Note that a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Two of the ten players can have up to two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.
Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

This year practice squad players will be paid a minimum of $6,300 a week, an increase from $6,000 last year. $6,300 * 10 players * 17 weeks= $1,071,800.

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. Malcolm Butler (Rookie)
  3. Braxston Cave (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  4. Jordan Devey (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  5. Dominique Easley (Rookie)
  6. Cameron Fleming (Rookie)
  7. Darius Fleming (No accrued seasons)
  8. Tyler Gaffney (Rookie)
  9. Jimmy Garoppolo (Rookie)
  10. Josh Kline (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  11. Zach Moore (Rookie)
  12. Sealver Siliga (Patriots must have a full 53-man roster since Siliga has played on a practice squad for two seasons)
  13. Bryan Stork (Rookie)
  14. Brian Tyms (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  15. James White (Rookie)

These players are now eligible because of the change of rules on August 19th

  1. Brandon Bolden (two accrued seasons)
  2. Joe Vellano (one accrued season)
  3. James Develin (one accrued season)
  4. Aaron Dobson (one accrued season)
  5. Ryan Allen (one accrued season)
  6. Jamie Collins (one accrued season)
  7. Chris Jones (one accrued season)
  8. Logan Ryan (one accrued season)
  9. Duron Harmon (one accrued season)
  10. Michael Buchanan (one accrued season)
  11. Chandler Jones (two accrued seasons)
  12. Donta’ Hightower (two accrued seasons)
  13. Tavon Wilson (two accrued seasons)
  14. Nate Ebner (two accrued seasons)
  15. Alfonzo Dennard (two accrued seasons)

Below is a list of practice squad players who were waived by the Patriots in 2014 and are not on another team

    1. Ben Bass (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    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. Josh Boyce (one accrued season)
    5. Ja’Gared Davis (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    6. Kannoris Davis (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    7. Roy Finch (Rookie)
    8. Jeremy Gallon (Rookie)
    9. Shamiel Gary (Rookie)
    10. Jonas Gray (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    11. Jon Halapio (Rookie)
    12. Travis Hawkins (Rookie)
    13. Justin Jones (Rookie)
    14. Tyler Ott (Rookie)
    15. Charley Hughlett (no accrued seasons)
    16. Tyler Beck (Rookie)
    17. Jeremy Deering(Rookie)
    18. Mark Harrison (no accrued seasons)
    19. Derrick Johnson (Rookie)
    20. Steve Maneri (two accrued seasons)
    21. Eathyn Manumaleuna (Rookie)
    22. Chris Martin (Rookie)
    23. Taylor McCuller (Rookie)
    24. James Morris (Rookie)
    25. Daxton Swanson (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    26. Jemea Thomas (Rookie)
    27. L.T. Tuipulotu (Rookie)
    28. Kyle Auffray (no accrued seasons)
    29. Reggie Dunn(Rookie)
    30. R.J. Mattes (no accrued seasons)
    31. Deontae Skinner (Rookie)
    32. Wilson Van Hooser (Rookie)
    33. Asa Watson (Rookie)
    34. Reese Wiggins (Rookie)
    35. DL Seali’i Epenesa (Rookie)
    36. WR Cole Stanford (Rookie)
    37. Jerel Worthy (one accrued season)

    Greg Orton, Cameron Gordon, and Tyler Gaffney are ineligible since they are on Injured Reserve on July 28th. Chris White and Marcus Cannon are ineligible because they have 3 accrued seasons apiece.