As of now, the Patriots have seven defensive tackles (Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Sealver Siliga, Marcus Forston, Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Armond Armstead) signed for the 2014 season. Their respective cap numbers are $6,683,333, $1,805,000, $570,000, $570,000, $495,000, $495,000, and $495,000. Their total cap hit in 2014 is $11,038,333, or 7.94% of the Patriots adjusted cap number.

Since my prior defensive tackle breakdown 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.

Kelly 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.

Siliga is due to become a restricted free agent after the 2014 season. Vellano is due to become a restricted free agent after the 2015 season. Do not foresee any changes in their contracts in 2014.

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.

Probably because his 2013 salary was fully guaranteed, Armstead was paid like a rookie in 2013 even though he spent the entire season on the Non-Football Injury List. Some NFI players have had their salaries greatly reduced. $225,000 of his 2014 $420,000 salary is fully guarantee

Vince Wilfork’s Salary Cap Page
Vellano
Siliga
Armstead
Kelly
Forston
Chris Jones