1.) On Sunday June 29th Mike Reiss reported that Dominique Easley is scheduled to get his 2017 $415,939 roster bonus the 5th day of the 2017 training camp. This news only solidifies my contention that Easley received a worse deal in terms of structure than did Jimmy Ward who was selected right after 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) sooner in 2017 (3rd day of training camp) and will also be receiving an offseason workout bonus of $22,500.
2.) Updated 2016 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2016 cap commitment is $103,170,347 with 47 signed players.
3.) Also updated 2015 Patriots salary cap page. According to my figures the Patriots’ 2015 cap commitment is $146,013,351 with 70 signed players.
5.) 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 $9,979,753.72 so the Patriots have about $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.
6.) 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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