Linebackers – As you can see below, the Patriots have eleven linebackers signed for the 2014 season. Mayo has a $300,000 NTLBE Pro Bowl incentive plus $31,250 per active game roster bonuses. Since Mayo played in 6 games in 2013, his LTBE roster amount is $31,250 times 6, or $187,500. I expect the Pats to leave themselves a cushion in the 600K neighborhood in the anticipation that Mayo will once again play 16 games and reach the Pro Bowl. The Patriots hold a fifth year option on Dont’a Hightower that will be worth the average value of the 3rd through 25th highest cap numbers at the linebacker position in 2014. That option must be picked up before May 4, 2015. The option is guaranteed for injury and becomes fully guaranteed if Hightower is on the Patriots roster at the start of the 2016 league year. Right now, I project that the option amount to be $8.5 million but expect the number to be changed as deals with linebackers are made during the 2014 league year. The first day that the Patriots can extend Dont’a Hightower is the day after the 2014 regular season ends. It will be interesting to see if Hightower will improve his play so that he will be worth his option amount. Per the CBA, Jamie Collins’ rookie contract can not be changed until after the 2015 regular season ends. Both Collins and Hightower will become UFAs in 2017. Chris White played in 329 snaps last year – 328 of which were on special teams. White participated in 0.1% of defensive snaps and on 67.1% of special teams snaps.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Dont’a Hightower 24 $2,106,546 $2,457,637 UFA
Jamie Collins 24 $854,773 $1,025,728 $1,196,683 UFA
Jerod Mayo 28 $7,287,500 $10,287,500 $10,087,500 $9,187,500 UFA
James Anderson 30 $635,000 UFA
Steve Beauharnais 24 $506,898 $596,898 $686,898 UFA
Ja’Gared Davis 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Cameron Gordon 23 $425,000 $515,000 $605,000 RFA UFA
Deontae Skinner 23 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Chris White 25 $645,000 UFA
Darius Fleming 25 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
Taylor McCuller 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$11,545,717 ($10,900,717 if one considers Chris White as a special teamer). Mayo, Hightower, Collins, White and Anderson are all in the Top 51 with Steve Beauharnais and Cameron Fleming counting $11,898 and $5,000, respectively against the Patriots salary cap currently.

Linebacker Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:7.84 percent (4th highest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value:$14,215,717
Compared to NFL average of $17,254,745:17.61 percent less
NFL positional rank: 21st

Most overpaid:If I have to pick a linebacker, the only one that qualifies is Mayo as the rest of the linebackers are either on their rookie contracts or being made at the minimum salary for their years of experience.

Most underpaid:James Anderson.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking 2014 Cap Hit if Cut 2014 Net Cap Savings if Cut 2015 Cap Hit if Cut
Jerod Mayo $7,287,500 Patriots: 3rd; 4-3 Outside LineBackers: 1st;Linebackers: 13th $3,850,000 $2,942,500 $6,000,000
Dont’a Hightower $2,106,546 Patriots: 19th; 4-3 Outside Linebackers: 18th $2,106,546 -$495,000 $1,014,364
Jamie Collins $854,733 Patriots:30t;4-3 Outside Linebackers: 34th $518,340 (Cut)
$278,818 (Traded)
-$495,000 (cut)
$80,955 (Traded)
$557,636
Chris White $645,000 Patriots:tied for 36th $150,000
James Anderson $635,000 Patriots: 38th $15,000 $140,000
Steve Beauharnais $506,898 Patriots: 52nd $11,898 $23,796
Darius Fleming $495,000 Patriots:tied for 56th
Cameron Gordon $420,500 Patriots:66th $500 $1,000
Ja’Gared Davis $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd
Deontae Skinner $420,000 Patriots: tied for 73rd
Jordan Devey $420,000 Patriots:tied for 73rd

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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