In order to have an oranges to oranges comparison, I am including Chris White, Matt Slater, and Nate Ebner at their regular positions. I got my inspiration to do this from columns from Rob Demovsky and Adam Teicher. The Patriots numbers are mine. The league average numbers come from today’s columns by Adam. I got some of the league-wide numbers from the NFLPA’s public cap report. Note that the Patriots adjusted cap number is $139,109,051 while the league’s average adjusted cap number is $137,476,089. I like to thank a Twitter follower – DeeepThreat – for helping me in gathering some early numbers.

Defensive ends
Number: 4
Salary-cap commitments: $6,297,489
Percent of Patriots’ adjusted salary cap number: 4.53%
NFL average: $12,840,629
Analysis: The Patriots are spending less than half of the league average on defensive ends

Defensive tackles
Number:7
Salary-cap commitments: $10,618,333
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 7.63%
NFL average: $8,979,256
Analysis: Even after redoing the deals of Tommie Kelly and Vince Wilfork the Patriots are about 18% higher than the league average here

Linebackers
Number:6
Salary-cap commitments:$11,400,717
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 8.2%
NFL average: $15,526,469
Analysis: The Patriots are devoting less than three quarters of their adjusted cap number to the linebacker position than the average NFL team. Mayo, with a cap number of $7,287,500 accounts for over 64% of the linebacker spending.

Cornerbacks
Number:6
Salary-cap commitments:$14,815,275
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 10.65%
NFL average: $12,840,629
Analysis: Thanks to the Revis, Browner, and the Arrington deals the Patriots are about 22% higher than the league average here

Safeties
Number:6
Salary-cap commitments:$9,028,385
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 6.49%
NFL average: $8,333,907
Analysis: Even after releasing Steve Gregory and Adrian Wilson the Patriots are about 8% higher than the league average. A McCourty extension that lowers his 2014 cap number will probably bring the Patriots closer to the league average.

The Patriots are allocating $52,160,199, or 37.5% of their cap to the defense while the average team is allocating $57,830,388.

Placekicker
Number:1
Salary-cap commitments:$3,800,000
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 2.73%
NFL average:$1,864,515
Analysis: Because Steve Gostkowski is in the final year of current deal and has the 3rd highest cap number of any kicker, here’s another position that could bring the Patriots closer to the league average by reaching a cap-numbering lowering extension.

Punters
Number:1
Salary-cap commitments:$495,500
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 0.36%
NFL average: $1,706,906
Analysis: Because Ryan Allen is in the 2nd year of his rookie deal, the Patriots are spending just over 29% of the league average on the punter position

Long Snapper
Number:2
Salary-cap commitments:$725,000
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 0.52%
NFL average: $838,863
Analysis: The Patriots are really close to the league average. If Charley Hughlett beats out Danny Aiken for the long snapper position, the Patriots will be well below the league average.

The Patriots are allocating $5,020,500 or 3.61% of their cap to the 3 special teams positions. The league average is 3.21%.

Offensive Line
Number: 11
Salary-cap commitments: $23,419,731
Percent of Patriots’ adjusted salary cap number: 16.84%
NFL average: $21,449,958
Analysis:Because of the Mankins and Connolly deals the Patriots are spending 9% more than the league average on big uglies who protect Tom Brady.

Quarterbacks
Number:2
Salary-cap commitments: $15,737,945
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 11.31%
NFL average: $11,667,289
Analysis: Even though the Patriots are one of the few teams with just two quarterbacks and Brady’s APY is not among the top 10 at the QB position the Pats are spending more than a third more than the league average. Brady had the 5th highest cap number in 2013. He currently has the 11th highest cap number in 2014. So it appears that any cap advantage from his 2013 extension will come no sooner in 2015.

Running backs
Number:5
Salary-cap commitments:$3,185,607
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 2.29%
NFL average: $7,750,422
Analysis: Having no veteran running backs on their roster and having all of the running backs on their rookie deals allows the Patriots to spend about 60% less on the RB position than the average NFL team.

Wide Receivers
Number:10
Salary-cap commitments:$13,481,926
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 9.69%
NFL average: $13,535,504
Analysis: The Patriots are right around the league in wideout spending.

Tight ends
Number:3
Salary-cap commitments:$7,446,250
Percent of Patriots’ salary cap: 5.35%
NFL average: $6,137,131
Analysis: Having the league’s best tight end in Rob Gronkowski, when healthy, leads unsurprisingly to the Patriots spending more on tight ends than the average NFL team.

The Patriots are allocating $63,271,459, or 45.48%, of their cap to the offense. The league average is $60,540,304.

Some observations – the Patriots spending is more focused on the offense than the league. The average team has 69 players. The Pats have 64, the 7th smallest amount in the league. The average team has $10,843,157.78 in cap space. The Patriots have $7,932,369. The Patriots are right around the league average in dead money which does not support the argument that the large dead money hit for Aaron Hernandez prevented the Pats from conducting more transactions in free agency.

Here is a Screenshotgraphical snapshot of the above numbers

Below are my positional breakdowns for the New England Patriots.

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Offensive Line
Fullback
Running Backs
Dead Money
LineBackers
Defensive Tackles
Safeties
Cornerbacks
Defensive Ends
Special Teams