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|
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|
|Nate Solder||$2,717,429||Patriots: 16th; Left Tackles: 24th|
|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 .
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