As you can see below, the Patriots currently have five tight ends signed for the 2014 season. Do not expect any changes to their contracts in 2014. Gronk’s 2014 salary and his offseason workout bonus are fully guaranteed. Patriots have until the final day of the 2015 league year to pick up Gronkowski’s $10 million option for the 2016 season. If they do not pick up the option, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016 and the Patriots can not franchise him in 2016.

Name Age 2014 Cap #/th>

2015 Cap # 2016 Cap # 2017 Cap # 2018 Cap # 2019 Cap # 2020 Cap #
Rob Gronkowski 25 $5,400,000 $8,650,000 $6,650,000 $7,000,000 $11,000,000 $12,000,000 UFA
Michael Hoomanawanui 26 $1,401,250 $1,761,250 UFA
D.J. Williams 25 $645,000 UFA
Justin Jones 22 $421,668 $511,668 $601,668 RFA UFA
Asa Watson 23 $421,000 $511,000 $601,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$7,448,916 (Justin and Asa are counting $1,666 and $1,000, respectively, against the Patriots salary cap as of July 14.
Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,0515.35 percent
Total Cap value:$8,288,916
Compared to NFL average of $6,654,247: 24.57 percent more
NFL positional rank: 12th
2014 cap numbers:
Rob Gronkowski: $5.4 million (6th on Patriots, 10th among NFL tight ends)
Michael Hoomanawanui: $1,401,250 (Patriots: 23rd; NFL: 38th)
D.J. Williams: $645,000 (Patriots: tied for 36th)
Justin Jones: $421,666 (Patriots: tied for 61st)
Asa Watson:$421,000 (Patriots: 65th)

Most overpaid: An injured Gronkowski. If and when healthy, Gronk is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, difference makers in the NFL. A healthy Gronkowski makes the Patriots a strong Super Bowl contender. Without him the Patriots need too many other things to go right for them to make it to and win the Super Bowl. Until the Saints and Jimmy Graham reach a deal, Gronk is the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

Most underpaid: None.

Credits: I would like to thank Mike Rodak for coming up with this template and OvertheCap.Com’s Jason Fitzgerald for his salary cap information .

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