1.) On June 23rd the Patriots signed OT Chris Martin.Â His signing did not affect the Patriots 2014 salary cap at all because his salary of $420,000 does not crack the Top 51 salary cap hits. Chris Martin did not receive a signing bonus.
2.) Also on June 23rd the Patriots signed Dominique Easley. With the Easley signing the Patriots now have all of the 2014 draft class signed. The Easley signing cause the Patriots to lose $832,918 in cap space. Easley’s salaries for the 2014/2015/2016 salaries are fully guaranteed. He is scheduled to get a $415,939 roster bonus early in the 2017 League Year along with a $1 million salary. 80.6% of Easley’s contract is fully guaranteed. That guarantee percentage is closer to the guarantee percentage (80.5%) received by Jimmy Ward who was selected right after Easley than to the guarantee percentage (80.9%) received by Kelvin Benjamin who was selected right before Easley. Since I consider getting more money sooner a benefit to the player, I consider Ward’s deal to have a more player-friendly structure as he will be getting a larger roster bonus ($677,390) in 2017 and will also be receiving an offseason workout bonus of $22,500.
3.) Updated my 2017 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2017 cap commitment for $52,659,889 with 14 players.
5.) Corrected the sorting problem with heights on my Patriots roster page.
6.) The Patriots started the week with $7,236,450 in cap space. They ended the week with $6,403,532 in cap space. The Patriots ended the week with 90 players on their roster. As you can see on the NFLPA site the league average is $9,984,128.72 so the Patriots have $3.5 million less than the league average. The Patriots have the 11th amount of cap space. You can read my 2014 salary cap picture which tries to illustrate the remaining salary cap moves for the Patriots this season at this blog post.
7.) While the Patriots officially have $6,403,532 in cap space it is interesting that the 3 main NFL salary cap sites all have different numbers. I have them with $6,324,332 in cap space. OvertheCap.com has the Pats with $6,669,224 in cap space. Spotrac.Com has the Patriots with $6,000,467 in cap space.
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