As you can see below, the Patriots have eight running backs signed for the 2014 season. The CBA prohibits any changes to the contract of James White until after the 2016 regular season since he was drafted in 2014. Any extensions for Vereen, Bolden, or Ridley this season will only increase their cap numbers since their salaries are already so low.

Name Age 2014 Cap Number 2015 Cap Number 2016 Cap Number 2017 Cap Number 2018 Cap Number
Steven Ridley 25 $939,750 UFA
Shane Vereen 25 $1,101,275 UFA
James White 22 $519,272 $609,272 $699,272 $789,272 UFA
Brandon Bolden 24 $574,582 RFA UFA
Roy Finch 22 $421,668 $511,668 $601,668 RFA UFA
Jonas Gray 24 $420,000 $510,000 $600,000 RFA UFA
James Develin 26 $570,000 ERFA RFA UFA
Tyler Gaffney 24 $303,000 $435,000 $525,000 $615,000 UFA

Total Top 51 cap value:$3,709,045. Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, and Develin are all in the Top 51 with White and Finch counting $99,272 and $1,666, respectively, against the Patriots salary cap currently.
Running Back Portion of Patriots’ adjusted cap number of $139,109,051:2.36 percent (lowest percentage of any position for the Patriots)

Total Cap value$4,849,045
Compared to NFL average of $8,920,903: 45.64 percent less
NFL positional rank: 28th

Most overpaid:None. Since none of the eight have reached unrestricted free agency, all of them have contracts that were either slotted by their draft position or have the minimum salary for a player with the same level of experience. Therefore, none of them have a contract that could be considered favorable or unfavorable to the Patriots.
Most underpaid:None. Since none of the eight have reached unrestricted free agency, all of them have contracts that were either slotted by their draft position or have the minimum salary for a player with the same level of experience. Therefore, none of them have a contract that could be considered favorable or unfavorable to the Patriots.

Name 2014 Cap Number Ranking
Shane Vereen $1,101,275 NFL: 50th; Patriots: 26th
Stevan Ridley $939,750 Patriots: 28th
Brandon Bolden $574,582 Patriots: 46th
James Develin $570,000 Patriots: 47th
James White $519,272 Patriots: 52nd
Roy Finch $421,666 Patriots: tied for 61st
Jonas Gray $420,000 Patriots: Tied for 74th
Tyler Gaffney $303,000 Patriots: Tied for 90th

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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