As of now, the Patriots have seven wide receivers (Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins, Mark Harrison, Reggie Dunn and Greg Orton) signed for the 2014 season. Their respective cap numbers are $4,543,750, $779,175, $614,250, $497,666, $495,833, $420,000 and $420,000. Danny Amendola has two million of his 2014 salary fully guaranteed practically tying him to the Patriots for the 2014 season. Since I was asked the cap impact of releasing or trading Amendola, I created this blog post to lay out the scenarios. Julian Edelman will be an unrestricted free agent. He had earned a salary of $715,000 in 2013 while maxing out his receptions incentives at $250,000. The question for the 2014 Patriots is how much does Edelman and they think that he is worth. Do the Pats give Edelman a similar contract to Amendola (5 years, $31 million)? Even at less money than Amendola Edelman may be too rich to resign. 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.

Note – I consider Matthew Slater a special teams player and will be including him in the special teams breakdown.

Amendola’s cap page – Danny Amendola
Dobson’s cap page – Aaron Dobson
Boyce’s cap page – Josh Boyce
Harrison’s cap page – Mark Harrison
Thompkins – Kenbrell Thompkins
Dunn – Reggie Dunn
Orton – Greg Orton