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|
|Wilson Van Hooser||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?
|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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