As you can see below, the Patriots have eleven wide receivers signed for the 2014 season. Danny Amendola has two million of his 2014 salary fully guaranteed. Since I was asked the cap impact of releasing or trading Amendola, I created this blog post to lay out the scenarios. The CBA prohibits any changes to the contracts of Dobson and Boyce until after the 2015 regular season. As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. Josh Boyce 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. Boyce played in about 14% of the offensive snaps in 2013. Since Andre Johnson has been mentioned as a possible acquisition for the Patriots created this blog post that looked at the salary cap implications of trading for Andre Johnson.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Danny Amendola 28 $4,575,000 $5,575,000 $6,575,000 $7,575,000 UFA
Julian Edelman 28 $2,750,000 $4,250,000 $4,750,000 $5,250,000 UFA
Matthew Slater 29 $2,266,668 UFA
Brandon Lafell 27 $2,000,000 $3,200,000 $3,800,000 UFA
Aaron Dobson 23 $779,175 $935,010 $1,090,845 UFA
Josh Boyce 23 $614,250 $704,250 $794,250 UFA
Jeremy Gallon 24 $431,898 $521,898 $611,898 $701,898 UFA
Kenbrell Thompkins 26 $495,833 $585,834 RFA UFA
Wilson Van Hooser 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Greg Orton 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Derrick Johnson 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value including Slater:$12,997,824. Amendola, Edelman, Slater, Lafell, Dobson, and Boyce are all in the Top 51 with Thompkins and Gallon counting $833 and $11,898 against the Patriots salary cap currently.
Total Top 51 cap value excluding Slater:$10,731,156. Amendola, Edelman, Lafell, Dobson, and Boyce are all in the Top 51 with Thompkins and Gallon counting $833 and $11,898 against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Wide Receiver Portion (including Slater) of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:9.34 percent (4th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)
Wide Receiver Portion (excluding Slater) of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.71 percent (5th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value including Slater:$15,172,824
Compared to NFL average of $15,687,374: 3.28 percent less
NFL positional rank: 19th

Most overpaid:Amendola. Thought at the time of his signing that the Patriots overpaid for him. Do not like the $2 million salary guarantee that he got at the start of the 2014 League Year. If Larry Fitzgerald, a far superior player who had tremendous leverage in his contract negotiations, can agree to salary de-escalators in his deal (Fitzgerald could lose up to 8 million if he does not have at least 70 receptions), why not Amendola? Without salary de-escalators Amendola’s contract is set up for him to get released as soon as 2015. Think that it was a bad deal for Amendola. How could he ever prove to be a bargain that Welker was?

Most underpaid:None.

Name 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number
Danny Amendola $4,575,000 NFL: 27th; Patriots: 8th
Julian Edelman $2,750,000 NFL: 46th; Patriots: 15th
Matthew Slater $2,266,668 NFL: 50th; Patriots: 17th
Brandon Lafell $2,000,000 Patriots: 20th
Aaron Dobson $779,175 Patriots: 32nd
Josh Boyce $614,250 Patriots: 42nd
Kenbrell Thompkins $495,833 Patriots: 58th
Jeremy Gallon $431,898 Patriots: 66th
Wilson Van Hooser $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th
Derrick Johnson $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th
Tyler McDonald $420,000 Patriots: tied for 74th

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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