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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – Defensive Tackles (Updated on 8/3/14)

Defensive Tackles – As you can see below, the Patriots have nine defensive tackles signed for the 2014 season.

In March Vince Wilfork redid his deal lowering his salary cap number from $11.6 million to $6.73 million in an incentive-laden deal. You can see more information about Wilfork’s extension at Vince Wilfork’s Salary Cap Page. Tommy Kelly also redid his deal lowering his salary while increasing his per-game roster bonus from $31,250 a game to $50,000 a game and adding playing-times incentives that maxed at $645,000. Sealver Siliga is due to become a restricted free agent after the 2014 season. Joe Vellano is due to become a restricted free agent after the 2015 season. Do not foresee any changes in their contracts in 2014. Per the CBA, Dominque Easley’s rookie contract can not be changed until after the 2016 regular season ends. Marcus Forston and Sealver Siliga are still eligible to be placed on the practice squad as long as the Patriots maintain a complete 53-man roster during the 2014 season. Eathyn Manumaleuna are also eligible for the practice squad. Chris Jones and Joe Vellano are ineligible for the practice squad since they played in more than 9 games in 2013. As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Chris Jones is eligible for it in 2016 . 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. Chris Jones played in 68% of the defensive snaps in 2013.

Vince Wilfork 32 $6,683,333 $8,058,333 $6,058,334 UFA
Tommy Kelly 33 $1,805,000 UFA
Dominique Easley 22 $1,327,918 $1,659,898 $1,991,877 $2,323,857 UFA
Marcus Forston 24 $570,000 ERFA ERFA RFA UFA
Chris Jones 24 $495,000 $585,000 $675,000 UFA
Sealver Siliga 24 $495,000 $585,000 RFA UFA
Joe Vellano 25 $495,000 $585,000 RFA UFA
L.T. Tuipulotu 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Eathyn Manumaleuna 25 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$10,956,251. Wilfork, Kelly, Easley, Forston, and Siliga are all in the Top 51.

Defensive Tackle Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.88 percent (5th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value:$12,786,251
Compared to NFL average of $9,973,96028.2 percent more
NFL positional rank:10th of 32

Most overpaid:None.
Most underpaid:None.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking 2014 Cap Hit if Cut 2014 Net Cap Savings if Cut 2015 Cap Hit if Cut
Vince Wilfork $6,683,333 Patriots: 5th; Defensive Tackles: 6th $5,533,333 (Cut)

$4,233,333 (Traded)

$655,000 (Cut)

$1,955,000 (Traded)

$866,667
Tommy Kelly $1,805,000 Patriots: 21st; Defensive Tackles: 49th $600,000 $710,000
Dominique Easley $1,327,918 Patriots: 24th $883,446 (Cut)

$907,918 (Traded)

-$546,564 (Cut)

-$75,000 (Traded)

$640,308
Marcus Forston $570,000 Patriots: tied for 47th $75,000
Sealver Siliga $570,000 Patriots: tied for 47th $75,000
Chris Jones $495,000 Patriots: tied for 67th
Joe Vellano $495,000 Patriots: tied for 67th
L.T. Tuipulotu $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd
Eathyn Manumaleuna $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd

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

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

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – Defensive Ends (Updated on 8/2/14)

Defensive Ends – As you can see below, the Patriots have six defensive ends signed for the 2014 season.

Ninkovich has a $200,000 NTLBE Pro Bowl incentive.

The Patriots hold a fifth year option on Chandler Jones that will be worth the average value of the 3rd through 25th highest cap numbers at the defensive end position in 2014. That option must be picked up before some day in May 2015. The option is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed if Chandler Jones is on the Patriots roster at the start of the 2016 league year. Right now, I project that the option amount to be $8.3 million but expect the number to be changed as deals with defensive ends are made during the 2014 league year. The first day that the Patriots can extend Chandler Jones is December 29th.

As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Jake Bequette is eligible for it in 2015. Michael Buchanan is eligible for it in 2016. 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 3% of the defensive snaps in 2012 and in 1% of the defensive snaps in 2013. Michael Buchanan played in 11% of the defensive snaps in 2013. Would not be surprised if an UDFA beats out Bequette for a 2014 roster spot which increase the Patriots cap space by $150,000. Would not also be surprised if an UDFA beats out Will Smith for a 2014 roster spot which increase the Patriots cap space by $75,000.Per the CBA, Zach Moore’s rookie contract can not be changed until after the 2016 regular season ends.

Chandler Jones 24 $2,229,136 $2,600,659 UFA
Rob Ninkovich 30 $2,850,000 $3,950,000 $4,800,000 UFA
Jake Bequette 25 $709,950 $799,950 UFA
Will Smith 33 $585,000 UFA
Michael Buchanan 23 $508,403 $598,403 $688,403 UFA
Zach Moore 24 $445,550 $535,550 $625,550 $715,550 UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$6,908,039. Chandler Jones, Ninkovich, Bequette, Smith, and Buchanan are all in the Top 51 with Moore counting $25,550 against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Defensive End Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:4.97 percent (3rd lowest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value:$7,328,039
Compared to NFL average of $13,663,08746.37 percent less
NFL positional rank:28th of 32

Most overpaid:None.

Most underpaid:None.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking 2014 Cap Hit if Cut 2014 Net Cap Savings if Cut 2015 Cap Hit if Cut
Rob Ninkovich $2,850,000 Patriots: 14th; 4-3 Defensive Ends: 32nd $2,350,000 $5,000 $2,500,000
Chandler Jones $2,229,136 Patriots: 18th; 4-3 Defensive Ends: 40th $2,981,240 (-$1,247,284) $1,096,091
Jake Bequette $709,950 Patriots: 34th $134,950 $75,000 $134,950
Will Smith $585,000 Patriots: 43rd $15,000 $75,000
Michael Buchanan $508,403 Patriots: 51st $13,403 $26,806
Zach Moore $445,550 Patriots: 54th $25,550 $76,550

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

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

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – LineBackers (Updated on 7/31/14)

Linebackers – As you can see below, the Patriots have eleven linebackers signed for the 2014 season. Mayo has a $300,000 NTLBE Pro Bowl incentive plus $31,250 per active game roster bonuses. Since Mayo played in 6 games in 2013, his LTBE roster amount is $31,250 times 6, or $187,500. I expect the Pats to leave themselves a cushion in the 600K neighborhood in the anticipation that Mayo will once again play 16 games and reach the Pro Bowl. The Patriots hold a fifth year option on Dont’a Hightower that will be worth the average value of the 3rd through 25th highest cap numbers at the linebacker position in 2014. That option must be picked up before May 4, 2015. The option is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed if Hightower is on the Patriots roster at the start of the 2016 league year. Right now, I project that the option amount to be $8.5 million but expect the number to be changed as deals with linebackers are made during the 2014 league year. The first day that the Patriots can extend Dont’a Hightower is the day after the 2014 regular season ends. It will be interesting to see if Hightower will improve his play so that he will be worth his option amount. Per the CBA, Jamie Collins’ rookie contract can not be changed until after the 2015 regular season ends. Both Collins and Hightower will become UFAs in 2017. Chris White played in 329 snaps last year – 328 of which were on special teams. White participated in 0.1% of defensive snaps and on 67.1% of special teams snaps.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Dont’a Hightower 24 $2,106,546 $2,457,637 UFA
Jamie Collins 24 $854,773 $1,025,728 $1,196,683 UFA
Jerod Mayo 28 $7,287,500 $10,287,500 $10,087,500 $9,187,500 UFA
James Anderson 30 $635,000 UFA
Steve Beauharnais 24 $506,898 $596,898 $686,898 UFA
Ja’Gared Davis 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Cameron Gordon 23 $425,000 $515,000 $605,000 RFA UFA
Deontae Skinner 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Chris White 25 $645,000 UFA
Darius Fleming 25 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Taylor McCuller 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$11,545,717 ($10,900,717 if one considers Chris White as a special teamer). Mayo, Hightower, Collins, White and Anderson are all in the Top 51 with Steve Beauharnais and Cameron Fleming counting $11,898 and $5,000, respectively against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Linebacker Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.84 percent (4th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value:$14,215,717
Compared to NFL average of $17,254,745:17.61 percent less
NFL positional rank: 21st

Most overpaid:If I have to pick a linebacker, the only one that qualifies is Mayo as the rest of the linebackers are either on their rookie contracts or being made at the minimum salary for their years of experience.

Most underpaid:James Anderson.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking 2014 Cap Hit if Cut 2014 Net Cap Savings if Cut 2015 Cap Hit if Cut
Jerod Mayo $7,287,500 Patriots: 3rd; 4-3 Outside LineBackers: 1st;Linebackers: 13th $3,850,000 $2,942,500 $6,000,000
Dont’a Hightower $2,106,546 Patriots: 19th; 4-3 Outside Linebackers: 18th $2,106,546 -$495,000 $1,014,364
Jamie Collins $854,733 Patriots:30t;4-3 Outside Linebackers: 34th $518,340 (Cut)
$278,818 (Traded)
-$495,000 (cut)
$80,955 (Traded)
$557,636
Chris White $645,000 Patriots:tied for 36th $150,000
James Anderson $635,000 Patriots: 38th $15,000 $140,000
Steve Beauharnais $506,898 Patriots: 52nd $11,898 $23,796
Darius Fleming $495,000 Patriots:tied for 56th
Cameron Gordon $420,500 Patriots:66th $500 $1,000
Ja’Gared Davis $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd
Deontae Skinner $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd
Jordan Devey $420,000 Patriots:tied for 73rd

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

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

As you can see below, the Patriots have fourteen offensive linemen signed for the 2014 season.

  • I do not expect Mankins to take a paycut this year. I will not be surprised if he restructures his deal to free up cap space for the Patriots. One possible deal would be to convert $4.5 million of his 2014 $6.5 million salary into a signing bonus which could create a cap savings of $3 million while pushing out $1.5 million of signing bonus proration to the 2015 and 2016 seasons. I list other ways to lower Mankins’ 2014 cap hit here.
  • Dan Connolly could be signed to an extension that could lower his 2014 cap number by 1 to 2 million dollars. He could also be released which would create $2.505 million in cap space for the Patriots.
  • The Patriots would probably like to leave themselves a cushion just in case Sebastian Vollmer reaches his NTLBE playing time incentive – $1 million (if he plays 80 percent of offensive snaps) or $2 million (if he plays 90 percent of offensive snaps).
  • In May the Patriots picked up their fifth year option on Nate Solder. As of now, the $7.438 million option is guaranteed for injury only and will become fully guaranteed if Nate Solder is on the Patriots roster at the start of the 2015 league year. I expect for Solder to be extended after the 2014 season but before the start of the 2015 regular season.
  • Marcus Cannon will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. If he and some NFL team sees him as a starting offensive tackle, then 2014 will be his last year with the Patriots.
  • CBA prohibits any changes to the contracts of Bryan Stork, Jon Halapio, and Cameron Fleming until after the 2016 regular season since they were drafted in 2014.
Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Ryan Wendell 28 $1,625,000 $1,625,000 UFA
Chris Barker 24 $495,000 $585,000 ERFA RFA UFA
Bryan Stork 23 $562,071 $652,071 $742,071 $832,071 UFA
Logan Mankins 32 $10,500,000 $11,000,000 $7,000,000 UFA
Dan Connolly 32 $4,083,334 UFA
Braxston Cave 25 $420,000 $510,000 ERFA RFA UFA
Josh Kline 24 $495,000 $585,000 ERFA RFA UFA
Jon Halapio 23 $450,775 $540,775 $630,775 $720,775 UFA
Nate Solder 26 $2,717,429 $7,438,000 UFA
Sebastian Vollmer 30 $3,750,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 UFA
Marcus Cannon 26 $743,968 UFA
Jordan Devey 26 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Cameron Fleming 22 $495,146 $585,146 $675,146 $765,146 UFA
Chris Martin 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$21,449,958. Mankins, Connolly, Wendell, Vollmer, Solder, Cannon and Stork are all in the Top 51 with Cameron Fleming and Halapio counting $75,146 and $30,775 against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Offensive Linemen Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:17.3 percent (highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value:$27,154,902
Compared to NFL average of $23,082,969:17.64 percent more
NFL positional rank: 8th

Most overpaid:Note that I think that Mankins will be on the 2014 roster. Therefore, if he does not agree to a restructure or extension in 2015 he will be released early in 2015. If released in 2015, the Pats would have paid him 37 million for four years, an average of $9.25 million, the 2nd highest amount of cash ever received by a guard over a four-year period.

Most underpaid:Wendell. It may seem strange to pick a player who has a good chance of being cut in early September but if Wendell returns to his 2012 form he will be a bargain since he is in the bottom half in starting centers in terms of 2014 cap hit and average cap hit per year.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking
Ryan Wendell $1,625,000 Patriots: 22nd; Centers: 19th
Bryan Stork $562,071 Patriots: 50th; Centers: 47th
Chris Barker $495,000 Patriots:tied for 68th
Braxston Cave $420,000 Patriots:tied for 74th
Logan Mankins $10,500,000 Patriots: 2nd; Guards: 2nd
Dan Connolly $4,083,334 Patriots: 9th; Guards: 16th
Josh Kline $495,000 Patriots:tied for 68th
Jon Halapio $450,775 Patriots:53rd
Nate Solder $2,717,429 Patriots: 16th; Left Tackles: 24th
Cameron Fleming $495,146 Patriots:52nd
Jordan Devey $420,000 Patriots:tied for 74th
Sebastian Vollmer $3,750,000 Patriots: 11th; Right Tackles: 12th
Marcus Cannon $743,968 Patriots: 11th; Right Tackles: 42nd
Chris Martin $420,000 Patriots:tied for 74th

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

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

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – Wide Receivers (Updated on 7/19/14)

As you can see below, the Patriots have eleven wide receivers signed for the 2014 season. Danny Amendola has two million of his 2014 salary fully guaranteed. Since I was asked the cap impact of releasing or trading Amendola, I created this blog post to lay out the scenarios. The CBA prohibits any changes to the contracts of Dobson and Boyce until after the 2015 regular season. As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Josh Boyce is eligible for it in 2016. 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. Boyce played in about 14% of the offensive snaps in 2013. Since Andre Johnson has been mentioned as a possible acquisition for the Patriots created this blog post that looked at the salary cap implications of trading for Andre Johnson.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Danny Amendola 28 $4,575,000 $5,575,000 $6,575,000 $7,575,000 UFA
Julian Edelman 28 $2,750,000 $4,250,000 $4,750,000 $5,250,000 UFA
Matthew Slater 29 $2,266,668 UFA
Brandon Lafell 27 $2,000,000 $3,200,000 $3,800,000 UFA
Aaron Dobson 23 $779,175 $935,010 $1,090,845 UFA
Josh Boyce 23 $614,250 $704,250 $794,250 UFA
Jeremy Gallon 24 $431,898 $521,898 $611,898 $701,898 UFA
Kenbrell Thompkins 26 $495,833 $585,834 RFA UFA
Wilson Van Hooser 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Greg Orton 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Derrick Johnson 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value including Slater:$12,997,824. Amendola, Edelman, Slater, Lafell, Dobson, and Boyce are all in the Top 51 with Thompkins and Gallon counting $833 and $11,898 against the Patriots salary cap currently.
Total Top 51 cap value excluding Slater:$10,731,156. Amendola, Edelman, Lafell, Dobson, and Boyce are all in the Top 51 with Thompkins and Gallon counting $833 and $11,898 against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Wide Receiver Portion (including Slater) of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:9.34 percent (4th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)
Wide Receiver Portion (excluding Slater) of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.71 percent (5th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value including Slater:$15,172,824
Compared to NFL average of $15,687,374: 3.28 percent less
NFL positional rank: 19th

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

Most underpaid:None.

Name 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number
Danny Amendola $4,575,000 NFL: 27th; Patriots: 8th
Julian Edelman $2,750,000 NFL: 46th; Patriots: 15th
Matthew Slater $2,266,668 NFL: 50th; Patriots: 17th
Brandon Lafell $2,000,000 Patriots: 20th
Aaron Dobson $779,175 Patriots: 32nd
Josh Boyce $614,250 Patriots: 42nd
Kenbrell Thompkins $495,833 Patriots: 58th
Jeremy Gallon $431,898 Patriots: 66th
Wilson Van Hooser $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th
Derrick Johnson $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th
Tyler McDonald $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th

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

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

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – Quarterbacks (Updated on 7/14/14)

As you can see below, the Patriots currently have three quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, and Jimmy Garoppolo) signed for the 2014 season. Their respective cap numbers are $14,800,000, $937,945 and $633,436. Their total of $16,371,381 takes up 11.77% of the Patriots adjusted cap. Their total is the most money spent on the quarterback position by the Patriots since the 2010 season and is the 2nd highest during the Bill Belichick era. Do not expect any changes to their contracts in 2014. Tom’s 2014 $2 million salary is fully guaranteed. His 2015/2016/2017 salaries will become fully guaranteed if he is on the Pats roster at the end of the 2014 regular season. Do not expect any changes to the three contracts in 2014. Under the 2011 CBA the Patriots and Garoppolo as a signed draft pick can not change his contract in any manner until after the 2016 season. If traded or waived, Mallett will cost $160,969 in dead money against the Patriots 2014 salary. Net cap savings of a Mallett trade is $281,976 as a player with a salary of $495,000 will replace Mallett’s salary of $776,976.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Tom Brady 37 $14,800,000 $13,000,000 $14,000,000 $15,000,000 UFA
Ryan Mallett 26 $937,945 UFA
Jimmy Garoppolo 22 $633,436 $723,436 $950,154 $1,108,513 UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$16,371,381. All 3 quarterbacks are among the
Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:11.77 percent (highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)
Total Cap value:$16,371,381
Compared to NFL average of $12,308,801: 33.01 percent more
NFL positional rank: 12th
2014 cap numbers:
Tom Brady: $14.8 million (1st on Patriots, 11th among quarterbacks)
Ryan Mallett: $937,945 (Patriots: 29th)
Jimmy Garoppolo: $633,436 (Patriots: 41st)

Most overpaid:None
Most underpaid:Easily Brady.

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

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

As you can see below, the Patriots currently have five tight ends signed for the 2014 season. Do not expect any changes to their contracts in 2014. Gronk’s 2014 salary and his offseason workout bonus are fully guaranteed. Patriots have until the final day of the 2015 league year to pick up Gronkowski’s $10 million option for the 2016 season. If they do not pick up the option, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016 and the Patriots can not franchise him in 2016.

Name Age 2014 Cap #/th>

2015 Cap # 2016 Cap # 2017 Cap # 2018 Cap # 2019 Cap # 2020 Cap #
Rob Gronkowski 25 $5,400,000 $8,650,000 $6,650,000 $7,000,000 $11,000,000 $12,000,000 UFA
Michael Hoomanawanui 26 $1,401,250 $1,761,250 UFA
D.J. Williams 25 $645,000 UFA
Justin Jones 22 $421,668 $511,668 $601,668 RFA UFA
Asa Watson 23 $421,000 $511,000 $601,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$7,448,916 (Justin and Asa are counting $1,666 and $1,000, respectively, against the Patriots salary cap as of July 14.
Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,0515.35 percent
Total Cap value:$8,288,916
Compared to NFL average of $6,654,247: 24.57 percent more
NFL positional rank: 12th
2014 cap numbers:
Rob Gronkowski: $5.4 million (6th on Patriots, 10th among NFL tight ends)
Michael Hoomanawanui: $1,401,250 (Patriots: 23rd; NFL: 38th)
D.J. Williams: $645,000 (Patriots: tied for 36th)
Justin Jones: $421,666 (Patriots: tied for 61st)
Asa Watson:$421,000 (Patriots: 65th)

Most overpaid: An injured Gronkowski. If and when healthy, Gronk is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, difference makers in the NFL. A healthy Gronkowski makes the Patriots a strong Super Bowl contender. Without him the Patriots need too many other things to go right for them to make it to and win the Super Bowl. Until the Saints and Jimmy Graham reach a deal, Gronk is the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

Most underpaid: None.

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

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Patriots Cap Breakdown by Position, by Age, and by Unit – as of July 7, 2014

For this exercise I have included Matt Slater, Nate Ebner, and Chris White as special teamers. For more details click on the links to the positional breakdowns.

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. Please also note that starting at the end of May my numbers started to be off by $79,200 from the official NFLPA numbers which is why I am including the total error number in the calculations.

Position Number Total Percentage of Patriots’ Total Adjusted Cap Number
Centers 3 $2,164,250 1.56%
Cornerbacks 10 14,840,067 10.67%
Defensive Ends 7 7,740,957 5.56%
Defensive Tackles 9 9,628,333 6.92%
Guards 5 14,614,109 10.51%
Linebackers 11 11,545,717 8.30%
Offensive Tackles 6 7,286,543 5.24%
Quarterbacks 3 16,371,381 11.77%
Running Backs and Fullback 8 3,709,045 2.67%
Safeties 6 7,940,091 5.71%
Special Teams 7 8,031,318 5.77%
Tight Ends 5 7,448,916 5.35%
Wide Receivers 10 10,731,156 7.71%
Dead Money 27 10,732,024 7.71%
Cap Space 6,403,532 4.60%
Error -79,200 -0.06%
Totals 90 139,109,051 100.00%

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 10 2,561,604 1.84%
23 16 3,274,232 2.35%
24 23 8,130,012 5.84%
25 11 10,619,587 7.63%
26 8 7,096,425 5.10%
27 4 8,800,000 6.33%
28 5 19,862,500 14.28%
29 2 9,266,668 6.66%
30 5 13,985,000 10.05%
32 3 21,266,667 15.29%
33 2 2,390,000 1.72%
37 1 14,800,000 10.64%
Dead Money 27 10,732,024 7.71%
Cap Space 6,405,532 4.60%
Error (-79,200) -0.06%
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 16 17,369,290 12.49%
Defensive Skill 27 34,326,687 24.68%
Offensive Line 14 24,064,902 17.30%
Offensive Skill 26 38,260,498 27.50%
Special Teams 7 8,031,318 5.77%
Dead Money 27 10,732,024 7.71%
Cap Space 6,403,532 4.60%
Error (-79,200) -0.06%
Totals 90 139,109,051 100.00%

2014 Patriots Salary Cap BreakDown – Safeties (Updated on 6/9/14)

Updating my salary cap breakdown for the New England Patriots safeties after the Shamiel Gary signing.

As of June 7th the Patriots have six safeties (Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson, Duron Harmon, Kanorris Davis, and Shamiel Gary) signed for the 2014 season. Their respective cap numbers are $5,115,000, $1,150,335, $1,040,000, $594,150, $495,000, and $421,666. I am considering Nate Ebner a special teams player. Ebner played in 330 snaps last year – 325 of which were on special teams. Ebner participated in 0.4% of defensive snaps and on 66.5% of special teams snaps. Their Top 51 cap numbers total $7,940,901 or 5.71% of the Patriots adjusted cap number.

I examine Devin McCourty’s comparables and propose a contract for him on another blog post.

Tavon Wilson, whose percentage of defensive snaps played went from 43% in 2012 to 1% in 2013, is in danger of losing his roster spot to a rookie or first-year player earning a $420,000 salary. If Tavon is waived, the Pats would create over $350,000 in cap space.

As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Duron Harmon is eligible for it in 2016 . 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. Harmon played in 37% of the defensive snaps in 2013.

Devin McCourty’s Salary Cap Page
Harmon
Ebner
Chung
Adrian Wilson
Tavon Wilson
Kanorris Davis
Shamiel Gary