Free agency is right around the corner for the New England Patriots, who have 15 players with contracts that expire in March. Of the 15, 10 are unrestricted free agents and five are exclusive rights free agents. I’m taking a look at a free agent and the reasons why he will or won’t be re-signed.
I will now take a look at Chris White, who will be an unrestricted free agent. Chris White has four accrued seasons. A player earns an accrued season for each season during which he was on, or should have been on, full pay status for a total of six or more regular season games, but which, irrespective of the player’s pay status, shall not include games for which the player was on: (i) the Exempt Commissioner Permission List, (ii) the Reserve PUP List as a result of a nonfootball injury, or (iii) a Club’s Practice Squad. Games on IR count. Chris White has four accrued seasons. Chris White’s minimum salary in 2015 will be $730,000. Chris White is also eligible for the MSB (Minimum Salary Benefit) treatment meaning that if he signs a qualifying deal only $570,000 of his salary would count against the cap, a $160,000 savings. Chris White was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions on September 1, 2013. He was waived by the Patriots on August 31st and then re-signed on September 4, 2014.
Year signed: 2014
Length of previous deal: One deal
2014 cap value: $650,600
2014 role: Backup linebacker who played primarily on Special Teams. He was a healthy scratch for 3 games. Played on defense in 3 games for a total of 7 snaps. Played between 17 to 22 special teams snaps in 13 games. His special teams snaps total of 257 was the fourth highest on the team. As you can see on the PatsFans.Com stats database Chris White did not have a tackle while playing defense. According to
TeamRankings.Com’s special teams tackles database Chris White had 7 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles for a total of 11 tackles. His totals rank him 3rd, tied for 1st, and tied for 2nd respectively.
Why he will be re-signed:
I had asked on the PatsFans.Com messageboard for input regarding Chris White. Mgteich responded “If White is cost-effective, then he should be re-signed. However, guys like Fleming might be a better choice. Also, if Casillas is definitely back, then I would be less likely to re-sign White.In the end, as long as the bonus money isn’t high, we should try to re-sign White. After all, there are injuries on Special Teams, just like any other group, and the insurance is certainly worth something.
My take: Specializing in Special Teams lowers his value making it more likely that he will agree to a cap-friendly deal with the Patriots. The Patriots could give a small signing bonus ($10,000), small offseason workout bonus of $10,000, and Week 1 roster bonus of $60,000 and still have Chris White’s deal qualify for MSB treatment.
Why he won’t be re-signed:I had asked on the PatsFans.Com messageboard for input regarding Chris White. Mgteich responded “If White is cost-effective, then he should be re-signed. However, guys like Fleming might be a better choice. Also, if Casillas is definitely back, then I would be less likely to re-sign White.
My take: The August 31st waiving shows that the Patriots are more than willing to move from Chris White. Since that waiving the Patriots signed Jonathan Casillas who not only plays special-teams but also plays the linebacker position.
Prediction:Chris White will be re-signed to a one-year deal at a $730,000 salary with no more than $50,000 in additional compensation. $570,000 + $50,000 = $620,000 cap number.
Credit – I have customized ESPN’s Corey Harvey’s Bengals free agency template for the Patriots.