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The Patriots have a long history of paying some of their practice squad players more than the minimum salary. Today I learned that the Patriots continued this fine tradition by increasing the weekly pay of one practice squad player Woodrow Hamilton

Background – The 2016 standard weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900. The 2016 standard weekly pay for a NFL rookie is $26,470.59.

Woodrow Hamilton was signed to the practice squad with one week left in the regular season. He had spent most of the season on the Patriots 53-man roster. So Hamilton will not be losing any money by being on the practice squad. The minimum salary for a rookie is $450,000. $450,000 divided by 17 equals $26,470.59 weekly. So instead of being paid $6,900 a week Woodrow Hamilton is being paid $26,470.59, a difference of close to $20,000 a week. Hamilton’s cap number while on the practice squad is $158,824. If he was being paid the standard practice squad pay, it would have been $6,900. You may be wondering why Hamilton’s salary cap number is not $26,471 – one week’s salary. It is because of a CBA quirk. Postseason pay is usually considered a benefit under the CBA and usually does not count against a team’s salary cap. The sole exception is when a practice squad player signs or redoes his deal after December 1 in that case all of his salary counts against the salary cap. Here is the quote from the CBA – “Postseason pay (as described in Articles 37 and 38) and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason, unless the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary.” Since the postseason is 5 weeks long Hamilton’s cap number is $158,824 ($26,470.59 times 6 weeks).

If the Patriots do not happen to play in the Super Bowl, they will receive a credit on the 2017 cap for each postseason week that Woodrow Hamilton misses.

This increase surely shows how much the Patriots value Woodrow Hamilton and will prevent any other playoff team from signing him to their 53-man roster as there is no financial incentive for him to now leave the Patriots.

The Patriots have 10 players on their practice squad. The following players are being paid more than the minimum
Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
Trevor Bates – $18,000
Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker has had two raises this year. The first increased his weekly pay from $6,900 to $10,000. The last raise increased his weekly salary from $10,000 to $15,000.
DeAndrew White – $10,000
Tyler Gaffney – $10,000
Woodrow Hamilton – $26,471

Four former practice squad players (DJ Foster, Bishop Sankey, Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson) were also being paid more than the minimum before their stays on the Patriots practice squad ended.

Why pay practice squad players more than the minimum? Show appreciation and encourage them to stay with the Patriots if offered a chance to sign with another team. Increasing a practice squad player makes it more likely that the player will sign a future contract with the team after the season ends.

Little gestures like these make me proud to be a fan of the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that is paying at least 6 practice squad players more than the minimum. A good number of teams are paying 1 practice squad player more than the minimum. A couple of teams (Ravens, Chiefs, and Broncos) are paying 2 players more than the minimum. No team is paying 3 players. No team is paying 4 players. The New England Patriots are paying 6.

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The Patriots have a long history of paying some of their practice squad players more than the minimum salary. Today I learned that the Patriots continued this fine tradition by increasing the weekly pay of one practice squad player (Trevor Bates) while paying Darius Kilgo like he is on the 53-man roster as opposed to being on the practice squad.

Background – The 2016 standard weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900. The 2016 standard weekly pay for a NFL rookie is $26,470.59.

Trevor Bates was making $6,900 weekly will now be making $18,000 a week. Darius Kilgo who was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Saturday, December 10, is being paid like a player with one season of NFL experience. The minimum salary for a player with one year of NFL experience is $525,000. $525,000 divided by 17 equals $30,882.35 weekly. So instead of being paid $6,900 a week Darius Kilgo is being paid $30,882.35, a difference of close to $24,000 a week. Kilgo’s cap number while on the practice squad is $277,941. If he was being paid the standard practice squad pay, it would have been $27,600. You may be wondering why Kilgo’s salary cap number is not $123,529 (30,882.35 times four weeks). It is because of a CBA quirk. Postseason pay is usually considered a benefit under the CBA and usually does not count against a team’s salary cap. The sole exception is when a practice squad player signs or redoes his deal after December 1 in that case all of his salary counts against the salary cap. Here is the quote from the CBA – “Postseason pay (as described in Articles 37 and 38) and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason, unless the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary.” Since the postseason is 5 weeks long Kilgo’s cap number is $277,491 ($30,882.35 times 9 weeks). Trevor Bates’ cap number is now $178,500 ($6,900 times 5 weeks plus $18,000 times 8 (instead of 3) weeks).

If the Patriots do not happen to play in the Super Bowl, they will receive a credit on the 2017 cap for each postseason week that Bates and Kilgo miss.

This increase surely shows how much the Patriots value Darius Kilgo and will prevent any team from signing him to their 53-man roster as there is no financial incentive for him to now leave the Patriots.

The Patriots have 10 players on their practice squad. The following players are being paid more than the minimum
Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
Trevor Bates – $18,000
Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker has had two raises this year. The first increased his weekly pay from $6,900 to $10,000. The last raise increased his weekly salary from $10,000 to $15,000.
DeAndrew White – $10,000
Tyler Gaffney – $10,000

Four former practice squad players (DJ Foster, Bishop Sankey, Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson) were also being paid more than the minimum before their stays on the Patriots practice squad ended.

Why pay practice squad players more than the minimum? Show appreciation and encourage them to stay with the Patriots if offered a chance to sign with another team. Increasing a practice squad player makes it more likely that the player will sign a future contract with the team after the season ends.

Little gestures like these make me proud to be a fan of the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that is paying at least 5 practice squad players more than the minimum. A good number of teams are paying 1 practice squad player more than the minimum. A couple of teams (Ravens, Chiefs, and Broncos) are paying 2 players more than the minimum. No team is paying 3 players. No team is paying 4 players. The New England Patriots are paying 5.

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A call for a donation

A long-time family friend, my youngest sister’s best friend, is on the board of directors of a soup kitchen and food pantry in Malden, Massachusetts that provided in 2015 the equivalent of 1,030,000 meals to hungry, homeless and isolated people. I am asking that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry.

You can make a donation below by clicking on the Donate button. I am hoping to raise five thousand dollars for the Bread of Life by the time the Patriots win their 5th Super Bowl. As of August 5th have raised $1,046. Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.




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Patscap breaks down the Patriots claiming Michael Floyd on waivers

On December 15 ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted that “the Patriots have claimed WR Michael Floyd off of waivers.” This blog hopes to explain the impact of this move.

Michael Floyd is in the last year of his rookie deal. He was the 13th overall pick of the 2012 draft. His 2016 $7.32 million salary is fully guaranteed. By claiming Floyd the Patriots now become responsible for 3/17ths of his salary or $1,291,765. Floyd will become a free agent after the 2016 season. If he leaves the Patriots during the 2017 free agency he will count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations.

Q: How much cap space did claiming Michael Floyd take?
A: $1,212,353. Subtract the two weeks of Griff Whalen’s salary ($79,412) from Michael Floyd’s salary ($1,291,765) and you get $1,212,353.

Q: Are the Patriots responsible for Floyd’s $7.32 million salary?
A: No, they are only responsible for 3 weeks of it or $1,291,765.

Updated on December 18th
Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: $5,995,278. On the 15th the Patriots had $6,368,919

Updated on December 18th
Q: How much cap space will the Patriots end with?
A: Currently project that the Pats will end the season with about $5.3 million in cap space. On the 15th had projected that the Pats would end the season with about $5.7 million in cap space.

Q: Will Michael Floyd count in the 2017 compensatory pick calculations?
A: No, if he leaves as a free agent after this season he will count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations.

Added on December 16
Q: If Michael Floyd leaves the Patriots in free agency in 2017. what 2018 compensatory pick would the Patriots receive?
A: The number of compensatory picks a team gets depends on the number of lost free agents versus signed free agents. Here are a couple of examples. If the Patriots sign 2 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 4 qualifying picks they would be eligible to receive 2 compensatory picks. If the Patriots sign 2 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 8 qualifying picks they would be eligible to receive 4 compensatory picks. 4 compensatory picks is the maximum number of compensatory picks that a team can receive. If the Patriots sign 4 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 2 qualifying picks they would not be eligible to receive any compensatory picks. Nick Korte aka @nickkorte, the compensatory pick guru, lists the projected APY cutoffs by round
* 3rd/4th – 9M
* 4th/5th – 6.75M
* 5th/6th – 5M
* 6th/7th – 2.4M
* 7th – 864K

With a strong finish to his 2016 season I could see Floyd getting a one-year prove-it deal that would maybe get the Patriots a 6th round compensatory pick in the 2018 draft, maybe even the 199th overall pick:)

Q: Will Floyd be paid for the playoffs?
A: Yes. Please note that postseason pay does not count against the cap since it is considered a benefit.

Q: How many wideouts are there now on the Patriots roster?
A: 5 (Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, and Michael Floyd). There are two wide receivers (2016 7th round draft Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White) on the Patriots practice squad.

Q: How many first round draft picks do the Patriots now have on their roster?
A: Pats now have 8 former 1st round picks on roster. 4 (McCourty, Brown, Hightower, and Solder) were drafted. Two (Long and McClellin) were signed as free agents. One (Floyd) was claimed on waivers. One (Mingo) was acquired in a trade. I am willing to venture that only the Patriots have acquired 1st draft picks via the four possible methods (draft, FA, trade, waivers).

Q: How many 2012 first round draft picks do the Patriots now have on their roster?
A: 3 (Floyd – 13th overall pick; McClellin – the 19th overall pick; and Hightower – the 25th overall pick

Q: Who’s responsible for Floyd’s salary this week since the transaction occurred after close of business Tuesday?
A: The Patriots

Q: Can Floyd play for the Patriots against the Broncos on Sunday?
A: Yes.

Q: Will Floyd play for the Patriots against the Broncos on Sunday?
A: I doubt that he will. Recent acquisitions like Whalen and Kilgo have been inactive their first game on the Patriots 53-man roster.

Q: If the Patriots waive Floyd after a week, who will be responsible for his remaining salary?
A: If Floyd goes unclaimed, the Patriots would be responsible for his remaining salary since it is fully guaranteed. They will get a credit on their 2017 cap if Floyd signs elsewhere after clearing waivers.

Q: Is there a chance that Michael Floyd who was recently arrested for a DUI will be suspended sometime during the 2016 season?
A: Very slight. It takes awhile for the NFL to apply their punishment. It is more likely that Floyd will be suspended for 2017 game(s).

Added on December 18
Q: If Michael Floyd is suspended during the 2016 season will his salary count against the cap?
A: If the suspension covers the remaining regular season games then his salary will not count against the cap. If the suspension covers only postseason games and 2017 regular season games, Floyd’s Patriots cap number of $1,291,765 will remain the same.

Q: Can the Patriots extend Michael Floyd?
A: Yes, the Patriots can extend Floyd during the 2016 season. The deadline to do so is 4PM, December 31st.

Q: How does claiming Floyd help the Patriots recruit Floyd to sign with them long-term?
A: The Patriots are the only team that can legally talk to Floyd about possible contract terms from now until noon, March 7th.

Q: Does claiming Floyd affect Danny Amendola’s 2017 status on the Patriots roster?
A: No. The Patriots will be looking to reduce Danny Amendola’s 2017 7.8 million cap number regardless what wideouts are on their roster.

Q: Has Michael Floyd returned punts?
A: In over 4 years in the NFL Floyd has never returned a punt.

Q: How many unrestricted free agents will the Patriots have after the 2016 season?
A: As of December 15th the Patriots will have 13 players who will be unrestricted free agents after the 2016 season. They are
* Branch, Alan
* Long, Chris
* Blount, LaGarrette
* Bennett, Martellus
* Develin, James
* Sheard, Jabaal
* Bolden, Brandon
* Hightower, Dont’a
* Floyd, Michael
* Scruggs, Greg
* Mingo, Barkevious
* Harmon, Duron
* Ryan, Logan

Q: Could the possibility of acquiring a 2018 compensatory pick for Floyd have played a part in claiming him?
A: Yes. I would say that it is a small chance since there is a limit (4) of compensatory picks that a team can be awarded.

Q: Were you surprised by this move?
A: Yes because of the DUI. A couple of weeks ago I was on a podcast and listed Floyd as a good free-agent 2017 pickup since he would most likely sign a one-year incentive-laden prove it. Once I heard about his DUI I thought that it would prevent the Patriots from acquiring him. Should have stayed with my first instinct:)

Q: Does Griff Whalen get paid for the week?
A: Yes, since he was on the roster at 4PM Tuesday.

Do not know if Michael Floyd will work out. I like the move just because it shows how much Pats are willing to improve the bottom of roster.

Most of the NFL passed on Michael Floyd, a former first rounder. The leading Super Bowl contender did not. I find that amazing.

Q: Do you like this move?
A: Yes. Low risk with a chance of medium reward. It will not surprise me if Michael Floyd catches the Super Bowl winning pass.

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A long-time family friend, my youngest sister’s best friend, is on the board of directors of a soup kitchen and food pantry in Malden, Massachusetts that provided in 2015 the equivalent of 1,030,000 meals to hungry, homeless and isolated people. I am asking that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry.

You can make a donation below by clicking on the Donate button. I am hoping to raise five thousand dollars for the Bread of Life by the time the Patriots win their 5th Super Bowl. As of August 5th have raised $1,046. Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.




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Looking at the salary cap impact of a possible Alan Branch suspension

On Monday, November 21 3:07PM ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that “Patriots DT Alan Branch is being suspended four games for violating drug policy, sources tell ESPN. Tested positive for marijuana. Appealing”. This blog will examine the salary cap implications for both Alan Branch and the New England Patriots.

How will Alan Branch’s suspension affect his wallet?

Branch will miss 4 games. His 2016 salary is $1,200,000. 4/17ths of $1.2 million is $282,353. Branch will also miss out on earning 4 46-man active roster bonuses worth $25,000 for a total of $100,000. Alan Branch was well on his way to earning $750,000 in playing-time incentives. In ten games this season Alan Branch has played in over 61% of the Patriots defensive snaps. His playing-time incentives are tiered.

* $250,000 for 50% playing-time
* Another $250,000 for 55%
* A final $250,000 for 60%

Missing 4 games mathematically eliminates any chances of reaching the 55% or 60% levels. He would have to play 100% of the snaps in the last two games to even have a shot of reaching the 50% level. That is highly unlikely especially since the highest percentage of snaps Branch has played was 77.9% in Week 6.

Grand total
$282,353 – lost salary
$100,000 – lost 46-man active roster bonuses
$750,000 – lost playing-time incentives
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$1,132,353

Missing out 4 games will also lower Branch’s performance-based pay at the end of the season.  This suspension will also adversely Branch’s free-agency value. Before the news of this suspension broke Branch was one of my leading contenders to be extended through the 2017 season. Do not see that happening now.

How will Alan Branch’s suspension affects the New England Patriots cap-wise?

In 2016 the Patriots will gain $282,353 in cap space as they do not have to pay Branch for four weeks. After the Branch suspension I have the Patriots 2016 cap number as $9,805,873. In 2017 the Patriots will receive a $100,000 credit on their cap since Branch will not earn his 46-man active roster bonuses. Branch’s 46-man active roster bonuses were considered LTBE (Likely to Be Earned) for 2016 since he was active for 16 games in 2015. Since Branch will now not earn his NLTBE (Not Likely to Be Earned) playing-time incentives they will not be a part of the incentive adjustment calculation that occurs after season’s end.Before this suspension I had the Patriots with a negative adjustment of $2,243,750. After the suspension I now have the Patriots with a negative adjustment of $1,393,750 (a $850,000 swing).

How can the New England Patriots replace Alan Branch on the roster?

The other defensive tackles on the Patriots roster are Malcom Brown, Woodrow Hamilton, and 3rd-round pick Vincent Valentine. I expect the trio to see an increase in their snaps.  These former Patriots (Terrance Knighton, Markus Kuhn, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen) are now street free agents and can be signed by the Patriots today. My guess is that the Pats will be calling one or more of them to try them out. As for other defensive tackles who were recently on the Patriots roster a good number of them are on other teams. Anthony Johnson was signed off the Patriots practice squad by the Jets on November 9th. Joe Vellano is now on the Falcons practice squad. Dominique Easley is now on the Rams. John Hughes and Sealver Siliga are now on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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A long-time family friend, my youngest sister’s best friend, is on the board of directors of a soup kitchen and food pantry in Malden, Massachusetts that provided in 2015 the equivalent of 1,030,000 meals to hungry, homeless and isolated people. I am asking that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry.

You can make a donation below by clicking on the Donate button. I am hoping to raise five thousand dollars for the Bread of Life by the time the Patriots win their 5th Super Bowl. As of August 5th have raised $1,046. Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.




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Patscap breaks down the Jamie Collins trade

On October 31, 2016 the New England Patriots traded Jamie Collins, a 2013 second round pick, to the Cleveland Browns, for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick. Given that Adam Schefter who was the first to report the trade, reported that the trade was for the Browns 2017 3rd round compensatory pick it seems very likely that the condition is that if the Browns are awarded a 2017 3rd round pick that pick will be traded to the Patriots and if the Browns are not awarded a 2017 3rd round compensatory pick the Browns will trade their assigned 2018 4th round pick.

What does this trade mean for the Patriots?

* It clears $485,929 in 2016 cap space as the Browns now become responsible for 9 weeks of Collins’ $917,865 salary. 917,865 divided by 17 weeks times 9 weeks = $485,929.
* It will allow the Patriots to use the franchise tag on another player. As of Halloween 2016 these Patriots (Hightower, Bennett, Blount, Scruggs, Ryan, Harmon, Branch, Long, Bolden, Cannon, Develin, Mingo, Sheard and Vollmer) are scheduled to become UFAs after the 2016 season.
* It adds one more draft pick to their 2017 draft capital
* It prevents Collins from being a bad apple in the locker room because of any unhappiness with his lack of an extension. Please note that I am not saying that Collins would have been a bad apple – just pointing out that he could have been.

Some frequently asked questions about the Jamie Collins trade

Q: How much cap space is Jamie Collins now taking up on the Patriots 2016 cap?
A: $716,994
$6,240 offseason workout bonus
$278,818 signing bonus proration
$431,936 8 weeks of his salary

Q: How much cap space did this trade create on October 31?
A: $485,929 – the Browns now become responsible for 9 weeks of Collins’ $917,865 salary.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have as of October 31?
A: $9,577,422 according to my numbers.

Q: What 2017 draft picks do the Patriots now have?
A:
1 Assigned
2 Assigned
3 Assigned
3 If the Browns are awarded a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017, they will trade it to the Patriots.
4 The lower between the Seattle’s 4th round pick and the Patriots assigned pick. Pats will lose the higher pick as part of the ________ Deflategate punishment.
5 Traded to the Cleveland Browns for Mingo
5 Denver
6 Traded to the Lions for Kyle Van Noy
6 Compensatory Pick for Akeem Hicks
7 Assigned
7 Lions as part of the Kyle Van Noy

Q: Were you surprised by this trade?
A: Yes and No. Yes, because I thought that if Collins was going to be traded it would be after being franchise tagged in February 2017. Thought that this trade would then happen closer to the 2017 draft. No, because I have never thought that the Pats would keep all of the free agents even after the Chandler Jones trade.

Q: Why trade now?
A: 1.) A 2017 3rd compensatory pick is worth more than a 2018 3rd round compensatory pick.
2.) Pats are 7 and 1 and have for the most part already clinched the AFC East.
3.) Helps to eliminate complacency.
4.) Gives more snaps to Roberts, Van Noy, and Mingo.

Q: Did the Patriots trade Collins because they were concerned that they would not get a compensatory pick for him in 2018.
A: Doubtful for two reasons. The Pats would have to sign in 2017 at least as many free agents as they lost which would be very unlikely with the number of unrestricted free agents they will have. Second, the Patriots have shown throughout the years (constructing contracts leading to compensatory picks, signing released players instead of UFAs, releasing signed UFAs before Week 10) that they are well aware of the compensatory pick process so I doubt that they would sign an UFA in 2017 while also knowing that it would cost a 3rd round pick.

Q: Can the Browns receive a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017?
A: If Alex Mack qualifies as a 3rd round compensatory pick, they should. Nick Korte, the compensatory pick guru, projects that the Browns will get a 3rd round pick for Alex Mack if Mack plays in at least 80% of the remaining snaps this year. Nick Korte projects that the Browns will get the last 3rd round compensatory pick or the 104th overall. Please note that Alex Mack has played every snap for the Atlanta Falcons this year.

Q: Were there signs that this trade was coming?
A: Yes, the Patriots signed Shea McClellin during free agency. Freeny was extended right before the season. Collins’ snaps have been decreasing throughout the year. The Patriots traded for two linebackers (Mingo and Van Noy this year). Rob Ninkovich practiced at linebacker during training camp.

Q: Could money have played a factor in the trade?
A: Yes. If Collins consider himself as a top pass-rushing LB and the Pats consider him a top non-pass rush LB, it would be hard to bridge the gap since the former (Von Miller, Justin Houston) are paid in the 16 to 19 million range while top non-rush linebackers like Lavonte David and Bobby Wagner are paid in the 10 to 12 million range.

Q: How many career sacks does Jamie Collins?
A: As of today, 10.5 which is less that some top pass rushers get in a year.

Q: How was Collins rated?
A: To my surprise, Jamie Collins was highly rated in Top 100 players rankings before the season
Pro Football Focus – 31
CBS Sportsline’s Pete Prisco – 17
Sports Illustrated – 16

Personally, I did not see it but if Collins did then it is very understandable why he would want to be paid as a top defender.

Q: How does this trade affect the 2017 cap space?
A: No effect at all since Collins was getting zero on the Patriots 2017 cap or as much as you and me.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Dont’a Hightower?
A: Possible since it prevents the situation where Hightower is not the highest paid linebacker on the Patriots.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Martellus Bennett?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Malcolm Butler?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Logan Ryan?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Can the Browns extend Collins now?
A: Yes.

Q: If Collins leaves the Browns in free agency in March 2017, what team (Browns or the Patriots) will he count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations?
A: The Browns

Q: What is the deadline to extend Hightower, Bennett, Long, Harmon, Butler, and the rest of the free agents in 2016?
A: To take advantage of prorating any signing bonuses the deadline is the day before the end of the regular season – specifically 4PM, December 31st.

Q: What was the 2016 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: The 2016 franchise tag on linebackers was $14.129 million.

Q: What will the 2017 franchise tag for linebackers be?
A: Have seen projections between 14 and 15 million.

Q: What Patriots linebackers are signed for the future?
A: McClellin through 2018
Ninkovich through 2017
Freeny through 2018
Van Noy through 2017
Roberts through 2019

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A call for a donation

A long-time family friend, my youngest sister’s best friend, is on the board of directors of a soup kitchen and food pantry in Malden, Massachusetts that provided in 2015 the equivalent of 1,030,000 meals to hungry, homeless and isolated people. I am asking that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry.

You can make a donation below by clicking on the Donate button. I am hoping to raise five thousand dollars for the Bread of Life by the time the Patriots win their 5th Super Bowl. As of August 5th have raised $1,046. Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.




Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.

You can have a portion of your Amazon.Com purchases donated to the Bread of Life.
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Crafting an extension with Dont’a Hightower

Am proud to announce that my good friend Felipe Von Zuben asked me to write a weekly column for him that will be translated into Portuguese. Felipe is the one of the driving forces behind the Patriotas website. Patriotas is the official Brazilian New England Patriots Fan Club. This column will be first published here in English and Felipe will then translate into Portuguese so it will appear on the Patriotas website on Thursday. The basic format of this weekly blog piece will be:
1.) a recap of the prior week’s transactions.
2.) long answer to a question
3.) explain a salary cap term

Recapping the prior week’s transactions

Since I blogged about extending Martellus Bennett the Patriots
1.) placed Jonathan Freeny and Greg Scruggs on IR (Injured-reserve)
2.) Promoted Anthony Johnson and Geneo Grissom from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
3.) Signed Tyler Gaffney and Jamil Douglas to the practice squad
4.) Released Ian Silberman from the practice squad
5.) Re-signed Glenn Gronkowski to the practice squad.
6.) Released Shaq Evans from the practice squad and signed Trevor Reilly to the practice squad.
7.) Nate Solder was active for the 5th time this year. He was active four times in 2015. Since he earned a NLBTE 46-man roster bonus the Pats lost $31,250 (the amount of his 46-man roster bonus) in cap space as a result.

Placing Jonathan Freeny did not change his 2016 cap number. The Patriots will receive a $100,000 credit on their 2017 cap because Freeny will not earn 8 LTBE 46-man active roster bonuses. Freeny’s 2017 cap number is now $1,735,833. If Freeny was active for all 16 games this season his 2017 cap number would have been $1,873,333.

Greg Scruggs’ salary was lowered from $675,000 to $403,000 after being placed on IR. His weekly salary dropped from $39,706 to $23,706. Scruggs’ cap number dropped from $555,882 to $379,882, a $176,000 savings.
Promoting Anthony Johnson and Geneo Grissom from the practice squad to the 53-man roster increased their cap numbers from $157,600 to $370,588, an increase of $212,988 each.

Re-signing Glenn Gronkowski took up $75,900 in cap space.
Signing Tyler Gaffney and Jamil Douglas took up $75,900 ($6,900 each week) each in cap space.
Releasing Ian Silberman created $75,900 in cap space.
Releasing Shaq Evans from the practice squad and signing Trevor Reilly to the practice squad took up $6,900 in cap space as Shaq Evans will get paid for this week as he was on the practice squad at 4PM Tuesday.

After these transactions the Patriots now have:
a.) 53-man roster
b.) 4 players (Michael Williams, Greg Scruggs, Jonathan Freeny and Jacoby Brissett) on IR
c.) 3 players (Sebastian Vollmer, Tre’ Jackson and Dion Lewis) on Reserve-PUP
d.) 10-man practice squad

As of 8:30 PM October 20th I have the Patriots with $9,269,424 in cap space for the 2016 season.

Crafting an extension for Dont’a Hightower

Joao Salles tweeted this question to me – “any idea of how much High and Collins will receive per year in FA? This week’s blog will look at Hightower. Next week’s blog will look at Jamie Collins.

Background information:

Inside Linebacker Deals Ranked by Paper APY
1.) Luke Kuechly – $10,708,366
2.) Navorro Bowman – $9,650,000
3.) Bobby Wagner – $8,795,485
4.) Lawrence Timmons – $8,333,333
5.) Brian Cushing – $7,949,000

Inside Linebacker Deals Ranked by New Money APY
1.) Luke Kuechly – $12,359,059 (not a coincidence that 59 is repeated. 59 is his uniform number)
2.) Navorro Bowman – $11,000,000
3.) Bobby Wagner – $10,750,000
4.) Lawrence Timmons – $9,559,150
5.) Brian Cushing – $8,750,000

Dont’a Hightower is 26 years old and he will turn 27 on March 12, days after NFL free agency begins in 2017. He is in the option year of his rookie deal. His 2016 cap number is $7,755,875 which consists of his $7,751,000 fully guaranteed salary and $4,875 in offseason workout bonus money. He has missed a total of 12 games since the start of his NFL career. He missed two games in 2012 and in 2016 while missing 4 games in 2014 and in 2015. He has played in all 16 games once (in 2013).

Before the 2016 season there were several Top 100 players rankings. Here’s how Dont’a Hightower was rated
Pete Prisco – 48th
ESPN – 99th
Pro Football Focus – 52nd
Sports Illustrated – 84th
NFL Players – Unrated

While looking for comparables for Dont’a Hightower I found two players that were close to Hightower in both age and talent level – Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly. Do not consider Clay Matthews a comparable  because when he signed his extension he was a pass-rushing OLB.  There is a significant difference between what top pass-rushing linebackers like Von Miller (19M APY and Justin Houston 16.8M) make and what top inside linebackers like Luke Kuechly (12.4M) and Bobby Wagner (10.75M) make.

Bobby Wagner who is 26 years old was extended by the Seattle Seahawks in August, 2015, weeks after turning 25 years old. He has been named to the Pro Bowl twice and was a first-team All-Pro in 2014 and a second-team All-Pro in 2015.

Wagner who was a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft signed an extension that added four years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 seasons. Wagner received a $8M signing bonus. He also got a 2016 $4 million option bonus that was guaranteed. His 2015 salary was fully guaranteed while his 2016 and 2017 salaries were guaranteed for injury only and became or will become fully guaranteed early during those league years.  $2M of his 2018 salary will become fully guaranteed early in the 2018 league year. Wagner can earn up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus in 2016. Wagner can earn up to $1,000,000 ($62,500 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus in 2017, 2018 and in 2019.

Bobby Wagner Deal

Luke Kuechly who is 25 years old was extended by the Carolina Panthers in September of 2015 when he was 24 years old. Kuechly was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Kuechly has been selected to 3 Pro Bowls (2013-2015) and been named to first-team All-Pro team the last 3 seasons (2013-2105). He won the Butkus (best linebacker) award in 2014 and in 2015.

Kuechly’s extension added five years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2020/2021 seasons. He received a $19 million signing bonus in 2015 and a $6 million option bonus this year. He has a $400,000 workout bonus the last 4 years of the deal.

Luke Kuechly Deal

It seems reasonable to venture that a Hightower extension in the $10 to $13 million per year average range would be fair for both sides and would recognize

1.) that Hightower is one of the league’s best inside linebackers
2.) that he is closer to free agency than Wagner and Kuechly were when they signed their extensions
3.) the cap has shown a pattern of increasing by 8% a year

Below are three possible extensions for Hightower.
The first presumes that the deal is reached late during the 2016 season

* $10 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $8 million option bonus in 2017 which would be prorated over 4 years (2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury
* This deal would pay Hightower more cash in the first 3 years of the deal and in the first 4 years of the deal than Luke Kuechly.

Dont'a 11M APY Deal

This next deal presumes that the extension is reached after the end of the 2016 regular season. The APY will be higher since Hightower will have no injury risk discount to pass onto the Patriots.

* $18 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Dont'a 11.5M APY Deal

This next deal also presumes that the extension is reached after the end of the 2016 regular season. The 12M APY would put Hightower really close to Kuechly’s 12.4M APY.

* 208 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Dont'a 12M APY Deal

Q: Would the Patriots make Hightower one of the highest paid inside linebackers?
A: The Patriots made Mayo one of the highest paid inside linebackers (9.75M APY) late in 2011. The 2012 cap was just over $120 million. It is very likely that the 2017 cap will be at least a third greater than the 2012 cap.

Q: What was the 2016 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: 14.129 million

Q: What is your estimate for the 2017 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: Close to 15 million if the League Cap is 170 million.

Salary Cap Glossary

Q:What is PUP??

A: A player who fails his club’s pre-season physical at the start of training camp may be placed on the club’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. A player on PUP is eligible to receive his salary, but is ineligible for games and practices; he is, however, allowed to attend team meetings. For a three (3) week period beginning with the day after the club’s 6th regular season game and ending on the day after the 9th regular season game, a player on PUP may practice with his club and/or be restored to the club’s 53 man roster (provided it is done before the day after the 9th regular season game). Note that there are two different types of PUP. Players that land on reserve-PUP are ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks of the regular season. Players on active-PUP can be taken off the list at any point during training camp. Once a player is taken off active-PUP and returns to practice, he cannot be placed on reserve-PUP later. Please note that a player on PUP will count against the cap. Players on active-PUP count against the 90-man roster limit while players on reserve-PUP do not.

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Crafting an extension with Martellus Bennett

Am proud to announce that my good friend Felipe Von Zuben asked me to write a weekly column for him that will be translated into Portuguese. Felipe is the one of the driving forces behind the Patriotas website. Patriotas is the official Brazilian New England Patriots Fan Club. This column will be first published here in English and Felipe will then translate into Portuguese so it will appear on the Patriotas website on Thursday. The basic format of this weekly blog piece will be:
1.) a recap of the prior week’s transactions.
2.) long answer to a question
3.) explain a salary cap term

Recapping the prior week’s transactions

Since I blogged on the salary cap impact of the Patriots waiving Jonathan Cooper the Patriots released Glenn Gronkowski from the practice squad and re-signed Ian Silberman to the practice squad and signed Shaq Evans.

Releasing Glenn Gronkowski created $75,900 in cap space.
Signing Shaq Evans took up $82,800 ($6,900 each week) in cap space.
Re-signing Ian Silberman took up $82,800) in cap space.
Summing up these 3 practice squad transactions the Patriots lost $89,700 in cap space.

After the 3 practice squad transactions the Patriots have:
a.) 53-man roster
b.) 2 players (Michael Williams and Jacoby Brissett) on IR
c.) 3 players (Sebastian Vollmer, Tre’ Jackson and Dion Lewis) on Reserve-PUP
d.) 10-man practice squad.

As of 8:30 PM October 12th I have the Patriots with $9,794,138 in cap space for the 2016 season.

Crafting an extension for Martellus Bennett

.TB12 aks southpawXLIX tweeted this question to me – “do you estimate that the Patriots have the cap space for a Bennett extension?”.

The answer is yes.  Currently the Patriots have around 10 million in cap space for the 2016 season and have committed very little to future cap years.
2017 – $102 million
2018 – $81 million
2019 – $54 million

.TB12 also asked what a Bennett extension would like.

Background information: Martellus Bennett is 29 years old and he will turn 30 on March 10, a day after NFL free agency begins in 2017. He is in the last year of a 4-year $20.4 million contract. He has a total of 9 games since the start of his NFL career. He missed two games in 2009 and in 2011 while missing 5 games in 2015 after fracturing his ribs. He has played in all 16 games 5 times (2008, 2010,2012,2013, and 2014). The Patriots are mindful of the salary cap hierarchy so if extended by the Patriots Bennett should not expect to exceed Rob Gronkowski’s APY of 9 million.  When he was extended in 2012 Aaron Hernandez was scheduled to have cap numbers of 7 million in both 2017 and 2018.

Bennett is playing on a 5.1M APY deal
5M APY deal ties for 17th highest.
6M – 16th
7M – 14th
8M – 7th
9M – tied for 5th
10M – tied for 1st

While looking for comparables for Martellus Bennett I found two players that were close to Bennett in both age and talent level – Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen

Delanie Walker who is 32 years old was extended by the Titans in May. His extension added two years to his deal so that it covered the 2016/2017/2018 seasons. Walker received a $2.5M signing bonus. He also got a 2016 $1.5m roster bonus that was guaranteed. His 2.7 million 2016 salary is fully guaranteed. $1.5M of his 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed the 5th day of the 2017 league year. He also has a $50,000 workout bonus each year of the deal and can earn up to $250,000 ($15,625 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus each year. Walker has a $500,000 roster bonus that is due early in 2018 so as to presumably force the Titans to make decision early on him.

Delanie Walker Deal

Greg Olsen was extended by the Carolina Panthers in March of 2015, a week before he turned 30. His extension added three years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018 seasons. Olsen received a $12 million signing bonus. He has a workout bonus each year of the deal ($100,000 in 2015; $250,000 the last 3 years of the deal).

Greg Olsen Deal

It seems reasonable to venture that a Bennett extension in the $7 to $8 million per year average range would be fair for both sides and would recognize that Bennett, while not the top dog on the Patriots, is one of the league’s best tight ends. A possible deal would have the following parameters:

* $6 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 3 years (2016/2017/2018)
* Fully guaranteed  2017 salary.
* $100,000 offseason workout bonus
* $400,000 46-man active roster bonus

Martellus Bennett Deal

This deal averages 8 million per year in new money over the two extended years. That 8M APY would give Bennett the 7th highest APY for a tight end.  Bennett’s 2017 and 2018 cap numbers are the same as Aaron Hernandez’s would have been.

Salary Cap Glossary

A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons.
An accrued season determines when a player reaches free agency. If a player at the end of his contract has 2 or fewer accrued seasons, he will become a ERFA (Exclusive Rights Free Agent). If a player at the end of his contract has 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA (Restricted Free Agent). If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent). A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games on the 53-man roster to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR or on PUP count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

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Explaining the salary cap impact of the Patriots waiving Jonathan Cooper

On Saturday October 8th the New England Patriots waived Jonathan Cooper. The deadline for a team to claim Cooper was 4PM October 10th. The Cleveland Browns have according to various reports. I believe that Ian Rapoport may have been the first. This blog will attempt to explain the salary cap impact of the New England Patriots waiving Cooper while also answering questions about the impact.

When the Patriots acquired Jonathan Cooper as part of the Chandler Jones trade, they assumed responsibility for his 2016 roster bonus and his 2016 salary. Both of his roster bonus and his salary were fully guaranteed. The Patriot paid Cooper his $1,713,954 roster bonus in the early part of training camp. Cooper was on the Patriots roster for 5 weeks so they are responsible for 5/17ths (17 weeks and not 16 games since players are paid for the bye week) of his $675,000 salary. $675,000 divided by 17 weeks times 5 weeks equals $198,529. The Browns now become responsible for 12/17ths of his salary or $476,471. Cooper will now count as dead money on the 2016 Patriots salary cap. His total dead money is $1,713,954 plus $198,529 or $1,918,723. There is no 2017 dead money with Cooper nor will the Pats receive a credit on their 2017 cap for Cooper.

Q: Eric Peterson @ericpaulpete was one of several Twitter followers who basically asked: How did the Browns claiming Cooper help the Pats?
A: The Browns took on the responsibility of the remainder of Cooper’s guaranteed salary freeing up $476,471 in cap space for the Patriots. If Cooper had gone unclaimed, his entire $675,000 salary would have remained on the Patriots salary cap since it was fully guaranteed.

Added on October 11th: Q: When a player like Cooper is waived on Saturday, when is the deadline for him to be claimed?
A: 4PM Monday. Sundays during the season do not count as a business day for the NFL in terms of transactions.

Added on October 11th: Q: Did the Pats waive Cooper with the hopes of lowering his salary?
A: Very unlikely. Cooper’s salary was $675,000. The minimum salary for a player with two credited seasons like Cooper is $600,000. $75,000/17 *12 = $52,941. Why risk losing a player for $52,941 when you already have more than enough cap space for the rest of the year.

Q: Will the Patriots get a compensatory pick for Cooper?
A: No. If Cooper leaves the Browns next offseason as a free agent he will count as a lost free agent for the Browns in the 2018 comp pick calculations. By waiving Cooper the Pats opted not to have Cooper possibly count as a lost free agent. Their decision has a great deal of logic behind it. Pats are likely to lose more free agents this offseason than they will sign. The maximum number of compensatory picks a team can receive is 4. If Cooper had remained on the roster he may not have played a snap for them as the Pats have committed to playing their offensive line starters play 100% of the snaps.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: I have the Patriots cap space as $9,883,838. Before the Browns claimed Cooper I had the Patriots cap space number as $9,407,367.

Q: Is ten million in cap space enough for the rest of the season?
A: It is more than enough to cover the rest of the season expenses.
1.) replacing injured players
2.) 53-man roster turnover
3.) practice-squad turnover
4.) paying reached NTLBE 46-man active roster bonuses. 12 Patriots can earn up a total of $1,301,562 if they are active for the remaining twelve games in the Patriots season.
5.) extensions with players with low salaries (example, Butler, Develin, Fleming)

Q: Why spend all that money and never learn if he can play at all? I know he was hurt but that happens.
A: What the Patriots did learn about Jonathan Cooper was not enough to choose an alternative option to free up a roster spot. Plus, the Patriots currently have good depth at the interior offensive line positions and also have Chris Barker on their practice squad.

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On September 11th noticed that the Patriots gained $2,300,235 in cap space according to the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report since the 10th of September. So I tweeted out 2 possible reasons

a.) NFLPA finally decreased Tom Brady’s and Rob Ninkovich’s salaries after their suspensions. Before his suspension Tom Brady’s salary was $1 million. It is now $764,706, a decrease of $235,294.
b.) Kline waiver

Updated on September 14 – Added two more possible reasons for the large amount of cap space.

Learned from a source that Brady’s salary was indeed lowered but that the NFLPA is still counting Kline’s 2 million cap number on the Patriots salary cap. Learned from a tweet from The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin that “Source: #Patriots restructured Devin McCourty’s deal on Fri. Converted $3.74m of base salary into signing bonus. Created $2.8m of cap space”

Before this restructure McCourty’s 2016 cap number was $7,942,765 which consisted of
* his fully guaranteed salary of $4,500,000
* $3,000,000 proration of his 2015 $15 million signing bonus
* $437,500 (14 games of his 46-man active roster bonus)
* $5,265 offseason workout bonus

Devin McCourty’s current 2016 cap number is $5,137,765

* his guaranteed salary of $760,000
* $3,000,000 proration of his 2015 signing bonus proration
* $935,000 proration of his 2016 $3,740,000 signing bonus
* $437,500 (14 games of his 46-man active roster bonus)
* $5,265 offseason workout bonus

Devin McCourty’s future cap numbers were:
2017 – $10M
2018 – $11M
2019 – $12.5M

His future cap numbers are now:
2017 – $10,935,000
2018 – $11,935,000
2019 – $13,435,000

Summary – the Patriots gained $2,805,000 in 2016 cap space in exchange for increasing each of McCourty’s future cap numbers by $935,000.

Tom Forde on Twitter asked “did McCourty ask for this to happen or was it the pats request do you think ?”. I think the latter. I know that most players’ contracts contain a clause that allows the team to convert salary into signing bonus at any time. So the Patriots could have done this restructure without even asking Devin. No player is going to going to turn down receiving more money upfront while also receiving more protection from being released in the future.

It has been so long that the Patriots converted salary into signing bonus that I did not even consider it as an option for the increased cap space.

Why would the Patriots convert salary into signing bonus when they already had so much space?

In no particular order.

1.) They expect players with NLTBE (Not Likely to Be Earned) Incentives to reach them and they want to have cushion for them. Examples, Edelman has $500,000 in receptions incentives. Marcus Cannon has $300,000 in playing-time incentives.
2.) They hope to reach extensions with players that will end up increasing their 2016 cap numbers. We learned today that Rob Ninkovich was extended for the 2017 season. Other players whose extensions that would increase their 2016 cap numbers are Jamie Collins, Malcolm Butler, Duron Harmon, James Develin, Logan Ryan, Cameron Fleming, Jonathan Cooper, and Barkevious Mingo.
3.) They wish to roll over a great number of cap space into 2017 to make it easier to place the franchise tag on a player (most likely Dont’a Hightower or Jamie Collins)
4.) May want to trade for a relatively expensive player. – Added at 3:25 PM September 11
5.) They wish to roll over a great number of cap space into 2017 to make it easier to pay back cap space borrowed in 2011 and 2012. When the new CBA was agreed upon in 2011, the Salary Cap saw a reduction and, for the first few years, stagnation. Foreseeing this, the terms of the CBA allowed for teams to borrow ($3M in 2011; $1.5M in 2012) against future Caps, but forced teams to repay that amount during the 2014 through 2017 league years. The CBA left it up to the team to decide when to repay those amounts. I have been unable to determine if the Patriots borrow any cap space in 2011 or in 2012. But if they did, they will have to pay it back by the 2017 season. – Added at 5:55 PM September 14
6.) Plan to release a player or two during the season that will qualify for termination pay. – – Added at 5:55 PM September 14
7.) They expect players with NLBTE 46-man active roster bonuses to earn them. 46-man active roster bonuses are the only NLTBE incentives that when reached hits that year’s cap. If 14 Patriots play every remaining game, the Patriots will lose about $1.4M in salary cap space this year.

343,750 Solder, Nate
328,125 Edelman, Julian
187,500 Sheard, Jabaal
125,000 Long, Chris
100,000 McClellin, Shea
62,500 Waddle, LaAdrian
62,500 Cannon, Marcus
62,500 McCourty, Devin
46,875 Freeny, Jonathan
12,500 Chung, Patrick
12,500 Bolden, Brandon
12,500 Harbor, Clay
7,812 Ebner, Nate
25,000 Blount, LaGarrette
====================================
$1,376,562

As of 6:00 PM Thursday September 14 I have the Patriots salary cap space number as $9,583,260. That number will increase once I learn the details of the Tyler Gaffney injury settlement.

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The Patriots lost 1 million in cap space on September 10th due to Scott Chandler

On September 10th noticed that the Patriots lost $912,530 in cap space on the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report since the 9th of yesterday. So I tweeted out 3 possible reasons
a.) The injury settlements with Kevin Snyder and/or Tyler Gaffney hit the Patriots salary cap.
b.) An extension with a Patriot was reached increasing that player’s 2016 cap number.
c.) Scott Chandler injury protection

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin replied to my tweet with “The answer is C. Scott Chandler is receiving $1m in injury protection for career-ending knee injury suffered last yr”

Here’s some background on injury protection

Quoting the CBA – “Beginning in the 2016 League Year, any type of In-jury Protection liability shall be included in Team Salary for the League Year for which such Injury Protection applies, or the League Year in which such Injury Protection is paid, agreed to be paid by settlement, or awarded, whichever is later.” Injury Protection was a benefit for the 2011/2012/2013/2014 and 2015 seasons. Scott Chandler qualified for Injury Protection since he underwent surgery in the off-season following the season of injury and was released with failed physical designation. Since Scott Chandler was approved to get the Injury Protection benefit he will receive an amount equal to 50% of his Paragraph 5 Salary for the 2016 season ($2 million) or $1 million. To learn more about Injury Protection review the CBA’s Article 45.

Please note that I am trying to reconcile the $87,470 difference between Scott Chandler’s 1 million injury protection benefit and the $912,530 decrease in cap space.

As of 2 PM Saturday September 10 I have the Patriots salary cap space number as $8,384,790. That number will increase once I learn the details of the Kevin Snyder and Tyler Gaffney injury settlements.

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