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Patriots gained $374,999 in cap space as Nate Ebner chases his Olympics dream

Today I noticed that the Patriots cap space number increased by $299,999 on the NFLPA site.

With the assistance of a source I was able to figure out why.

It has to do with the recent changes in the Nate Ebner’s 2016 salary cap number.

NFLPA is now counting Ebner’s 46-man active roster bonus as $117,188 and not $117,187. Ebner’s 46-man roster bonus is $125,000 for the year. $125,000 divided by 16 games = $7,812.50. Since Ebner played in 15 games in 2015, his 46-man active roster bonus is considered LTBE (Likely to be Earned) for 15 games. 15 * $7,812.50 = $117,187.50. Ever since Ebner signed his deal his roster bonus was counting $117,187 against the cap. Today the NFLPA rounded up $117,187.50 to $117,188.

At the beginning of the 2016 Patriots training camp the Patriots placed Nate Ebner on the Reserve – Did not Report list so that he was no longer taking up a spot on the 90-man active roster. Because of that the NFLPA is no longer including his $825,000 salary in his cap number. His 2016 salary cap number is now $367,188. It used to be $1,192,187. Before this change Ebner had the 32nd highest cap number on the Patriots. He now has the 52nd highest. Please remember that we are in the period where the salaries of the players not with the 51 highest cap numbers do not count against the cap. Joe Thuney who has a $450,000 salary replaced Ebner in the Top 51 list. $825,000 – $450,000 – $1 = $374,999 in gained cap space. Why do I say that the Patriots gained $374,999 in cap space when the change on the NFLPA site was only $299,999? Because I am pretty sure that the NFLPA is including the salaries of two players with a $525,000 salary (one most likely Shaq Mason) in their Top 51 when they should be including the salaries of two players with a $450,000 salary (Cyrus Jones and Joe Thuney).

I have tried to anticipate some questions that this blog may generate.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots currently have?
A: By my calculations – $9,909,097

Q: If Nate Ebner is released during roster cutdowns how much dead money will the Patriots have?
A: $250,000 in both 2016 and 2017

Q: If Nate Ebner joins the team before roster cutdowns how will his return affect the Patriots cap space?
A: The Patriots will lose $375,000 in both 2016 and 2017

Q: What will happen to the Patriots cap space if Nate Ebner is active for all 16 games in 2016?
A: The Patriots will lose $7,812 in cap space in 2016 wild-card weekend.

Q: What will happen to the Patriots cap space if Nate Ebner makes the 53-man roster Week 1 but is not active for 15 games in 2016?
A: In 2017 the Patriots will receive a credit of $7,812.50 for each game missed up to a maximum of 15 games. Plus, his 2017 46-man roster bonus amount will be lowered to $7,812.50 times the number of games active in 2016. Example, if Ebner is active for 10 games in 2016 Pats will receive a $39,062.50 credit on their 2017 cap and Ebner’s 2017 46-man roster bonus will be $78,125 instead of $117,188.

Q: How much cap space have the Patriots had at the start of training camps in recent years?
A: In 2013 Pats entered training camp with around $10 million in cap space. 2014 – around 6 million. 2015 – around 8.9 million.

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Some thoughts on extending Rob Gronkowski

Earlier this summer I started this blog piece. Never had the time to finish this. The news that the Patriots and Gronkowski are talking about a restructure spurred me to finally finish even though my main original point that Gronkowski is not underpaid will be proven wrong if indeed a new deal is consummated. The original working title for this blog piece was a great suggestion by a Twitter follower – “Rob”bed Gronkowsksi. Not so fast.

After the New England Patriots paid him his $6 million option bonus All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted on March 7th – “If ya think about it that Option pick up basically equals pay cut the next 4 seasons…I don’t work hard for those reasons. Haha”.

Rob Gronkowski's Tweet

Ever since then there has been some speculation that the tweet indicated Gronk’s displeasure with his contract. One such example is this discussion on CSNNE speculating that the Marcellus Bennett’s acquisition was insurance against a Rob Gronkowski holdout.

The purpose of this blog piece is to examine whether or not Rob Gronkowski is truly underpaid.

Background – Rob Gronkowski was drafted in 2010 and signed a four-year rookie deal with the Patriots. In August of 2012 with two years left on his rookie deal Rob Gronkowski signed a 6-year extension with the Patriots if they picked up the option ($10 million) for the last four years of the deal by the beginning of the 2016 League Year (March 9). In 2012 Rob Gronkowski received a $10 million signing bonus. In August, 2015 the Patriots paid Gronkowski $4 million of his $10 million option. The Patriots paid Gronkowski the remaining $6 million in March, 2016.

His 2016 cap number is $6,618,750 which consists of his
$2.25 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$468,750 in 46-man active roster bonus (Gronk was active for 15 games in 2016).
$50,000 in signing bonus proration of his 2014 offseason workout bonus that was fully guaranteed in 2012
$1,600,000 in proration of his 2012 8 million signing bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

His 2017 cap number is $7,000,000 which consists of his
$4.25 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$500,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

His 2018 cap number is $11,000,000 which consists of his
$8 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$750,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

His 2019 cap number is $11,000,000 which consists of his
$9 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$750,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

The below table shows the increase in the League Salary Cap since 2012.

NFL Salary Cap since 2012

A NFL League Year goes from March to the following March.
Calendar Year starts on January 1 and ends on December 31.

Hopefully, I have provided enough background information.

Using the League Year barometer Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the below amounts in cash
$15 million in 2015
$3 million in 2016
$5 million in 2017
$9 million in 2018
$10 million in 2019

Using the Calendar Year barometer Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the below amounts in cash
$9 million in 2015
$9 million in 2016
$5 million in 2017
$9 million in 2018
$10 million in 2019

For Gronkowski’s tweet to be accurate – “If ya think about it that Option pick up basically equals pay cut the next 4 seasons”… he had to be referring to using the NFL League Year calendar because that its $15 million is a larger amount than he will receive in any of the remaining four years – hence the reference to a pay cut. This payout structure is typical when the player receives a large signing bonus upfront. The first year of the deal that contains a large signing bonus is the year in which the player receives the most cash during the deal. Recent examples – Josh Norman, Tom Brady’s extension, Jimmy Graham, Coby Fleener, Julius Thomas and Travis Kelce. I could list several hundreds of NFL deals with this type of payout structure. Rob Gronkowski cleverly pointed out this cash flow pattern in his tweet. His suggestion to “think about it” was unfortunately ignored and his tweet was perceived as expressing displeasure with his contract.

What I have done is compile the cash intake of all the top tight ends in the NFL using the calendar year system.

For the 2016 through the 2019 seasons
Rob Gronkowski –  $33,000,000
Jordan Reed  – $30,921,000
Julius Thomas – $30,900,000
Travis Kelce –  $30,146,000
Dwayne Allen – $29,400,000
Zach Ertz –  $28,818,527
Coby Fleener – $28,500,000
Charles Clay  -$25,000,000
Kyle Rudolph – $24,750,000
Ladarius Green- $20,000,000

That’s right. Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the most cash out of any NFL tight end the next four seasons.

Agents like to use 3 years as a deal’s measuring tool.

Rob Gronkowski – $23,000,000
Jordan Reed  – $23,000,000
Travis Kelce – $22,146,000
Dwayne Allen – $22,000,000
Julius Thomas- $21,800,000
Zach Ertz – $21,318,527
Coby Fleener – $21,100,000
Charles Clay – $20,500,000
Jimmy Graham – $19,000,000
Kyle Rudolph – $17,500,000

Rob Gronkowski is tied with Jordan Reed for the most scheduled cash for the next three seasons.

If you do not want to suffer from reading any more of my salary cap geekness, I would stop right here and remember this – Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the most cash out of any tight end the next four years and is tied for first when the time frame is shortened to three years.

When Rob Gronkowski signed his extension in 2012 with two years left on his rookie deal he immediately became the highest paid tight end by the new money metric with a 9M APY. Since then he has been surpassed by the following.
* After being hit with the franchise tag Jimmy Graham signed a $10M APY deal in July 2014 with the New Orleans Saints.
* In January 2016 and with one year left on his rookie deal Travis Kelce signed his $9,368,400 APY deal.
* In March 2016 and with one year left on his rookie deal Jordan Reed signed his $9,350,000 APY deal.
* As an unrestricted free agent Julius Thomas signed a $9.2M APY deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014.

When Gronk signed his deal the 2012 franchise tag for tight ends was $5.4 million. His new money APY was 9 million which was 75% more than the franchise tag. No tight end has come close to signing a deal that was 75% more than the current tag number for the tight end. The tight end franchise tag was $7.035 million in 2014, $8.347 million in 2015, and $9.118 million.

If we were to adjust Gronk’s contract for the increase in the cap that has occurred since 2012, his deal would be worth $11,587,313. That is, while Gronk is now the 5th highest tight end by the new money metric, it is mostly because of the large recent increases in the cap. This piece by Joel Corry shows that if one were to adjust deals for the cap only Jimmy Graham’s deal would be considered larger.

When a player signs an extension with two years left on his deal he is negotiating with only one team and is expected to give a discount to his current team since they are absorbing two years of his injury risk. Let’s not forget that since signing his extension in 2012 Gronkowski has missed a total of 16 regular season games (a season’s worth of games) – 5 in 2012, 9 in 2013, 1 in 2014, and 1 in 2015. In effect Gronk has gotten paid for 4 seasons while actually playing 3.

There are several articles on the Internet that talks about at what age when tight ends hit their prime and start to decline.
* http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1683775-when-does-age-catch-up-to-nfl-players
* http://socalledfantasyexperts.com/aging-curve-nfl-offensive-players-every-single-position
* http://fftoday.com/articles/bales/13_te_age.html

After reading all three and a subscriber-only article on ProFootball Focus it seems safe to state that Rob Gronkowski is playing at his peak and should be expected to decline after hitting the age of 31 which just happens to be when Gronkowski is currently scheduled to become a free agent.

So today when NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that “Agents for Rob Gronkowski Drew, Jason Rosenhaus here at Pats today. Source says they’re working with team on new deal. Not imminent.” I have to say that I was surprised. Why surprised?
1.) What is in it for the Patriots? They took on two years of Gronkowski’s injury risk in 2012 to sign him through his prime years. The Patriots will have paid Rob Gronkowkski more cash from 2012 through 2016 than if he had played out his rookie deal, was tagged in 2014, and then signed Jimmy Graham’s deal in 2015.
2.) Consider extensions for Hightower, Collins, Butler, and Sheard higher priorities.
3.) The Patriots never extended Brady with more than two years left on his deal
4.) Very unlikely that a 2016 extension would create significant 2016 cap space for the Patriots
5.) Pats already have plenty of cap space in 2017, 2018 and in 2019..
6.) Any extension increases future dead money if Gronk declines sharply in the future, however unlikely that is.
7.) By showing up to training camp Gronkowski lost leverage in negotiations. If he leaves camp now, the Patriots can then send him a letter warning him that, in five days, the club has the right to place him on the reserve/left squad list. The standard “five-day letter” explains to the player that, if they do place him in that category, he can’t play again this season.
8.) Any 2016 extension is essentially an admission that Gronkowski and his agents made a mistake in agreeing to the 2012 extension. The mistake being not anticipating the increases in the salary cap since 2012.

Q:How much could a 2016 extension lower Gronkowski’s 2016 salary>
A:To $760,000

Q:How much could a 2016 extension lower Gronkowski’s 2017 salary?
A:To $900,000

Q: How does having the current option bonuses in his deal help Gronkowski in any negotiations?
A: If he were to retire, the Patriots can not ask for any remaining portion of his option (currently $8 million) back per the CBA

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Patscap – 4th of July weekend thoughts

Had some various thoughts that were not long enough to justify blogging on them so I decide to create this mish-mash.

* One small change to the injury settlement rules – A player used to wait 6 weeks to rejoin the team that they had reached the injury settlement with. It is now three weeks.

* The number of Patriots who ended season on IR
2015 – 18
2014 – 10
2013 – 11
2012 – 11
2011 – 13
2010 – 14
2009 – 6
2008 – 14
2007 – 7
2006 – 13
2005 – 11
2004 – 11
Average = 11.583

* Only twice in the past 11 years (2015 and 2012) have Pats not carry 3 tight ends on their Week 1 53-man roster

* 2008 was the last year the total of wideouts and tight ends on the Patriots Week 1 roster was not 9.

* Only once in the past 11 years (2009 with 10) have Pats not carry 8 or 9 offensive linemen on their Week 1 53-man roster

* E.J. Biggers, Ramon Humber + Frank Kearse do not want to hear from the Patriots before training camp. They all get bonuses merely for showing up to training camp. Nate Ebner’s $250,000 reporting bonus is fully guaranteed.

* Chris Long will earn a $250,000 roster bonus if he is on the Patriots 53-man roster anytime under current contract.

* Joe Cardona will earn a $37,500 roster bonus if he is on the Patriots 53-man roster anytime under current contract.

* Andrew Brandt’s tweet on Andrew Luck – “It says a lot about the oversized expectations on the Andrew Luck deal that some are underwhelmed by a deal that sets so many new standards” is an excellent summary.

* Doubt that those who commented that the Colts now can not win a Super Bowl because of Luck’s contract are that familiar with this salary cap history. In 2004 the Colts made Peyton Manning the highest paid quarterback. The Colts won the Super Bowl two seasons later. In 2009 the Giants made Eli Manning the highest paid quarterback. The Giants won the Super Bowl two season later. The Giants defeated the Patriots who made Tom Brady the highest paid quarterback in 2010. Big Ben won the Super Bowl months after being made the 2nd highest quarterback.

* Given that football is a collision sport it is lazy to opine that the NFL salary cap is divided by the 53 players on the active roster. The last two seasons the average NFL team placed between 11 and 12 players on IR.

* As of 7/5/2016 8AM I have the Patriots with $9,539,098 in cap space. In 2013 the Patriots entered training camp with about 10m in cap space; in 2014, around 6 million; and in 2015, around 8.9 million.

* If you wish to know what Patriots players are eligible to be placed on the practice squad, I highly recommend bookmarking this blog piece of mine.

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Salary Cap Impact of Jacoby Brissett signing with the New England Patriots

On June 16 the New England Patriots announced that their 3rd round pick Jacoby Brissett has signed with them. The Patriots will lose $170,151 (his signing bonus proration) in cap space after this signing. On September 8 his $450,000 salary will start to count against the cap as that is when the Top 51 rule expires. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on June 16 that “the total compensation of the pact is $3,410,832, while the total guarantee is $680,604 (which is his signing bonus). He receives workout bonuses of $25,000 in 2017, 2018 and 2019. His base salaries are $450,000 in 2016, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018, and $890,114 in 2019.”

As an 3rd round pick Brissett is eligible to earn the Proven Performance Escalator that could raise his 2019 salary to the low RFA tender for that year. An eligible player will qualify for the Proven Performance Escalator 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. The low RFA tender in 2016 was $1,671,000. It can increase each year by no less than 5% and no more than 10%. Therefore, in 2019 the low RFA tender could be as little as $1,935,000 or as much as $2,224,000.

Every third round pick made during the Bill Belichick era has made that year’s 53-man Week 1 roster if they were not placed on IR (Tyrone McKenzie and Brock Williams) or the Non-Football Injury List (Brandon Tate) making it a virtual certainty that Brissett will be on the Patriots roster when they play against the Arizona Cardinals on September 11th.

June 16th is the latest that a 3rd round pick has been signed by the Patriots since 2012. Part of the delay was that Jacoby was negotiating with an agent.

In a prior blog I had mentioned that under the new CBA there are typically 5 items that can be negotiated over since the deals are slotted.

1.) Salary Guarantee – How much of a player’s salary is fully guaranteed. As predicted Brissett does not have any of his salaries guaranteed. None of the players drafted around Brissett had any of their salaries guaranteed so this was to be expected. The initial report on Cody Kessler’s deal stated that he had received $1.1 million. Two sources have confirmed for me that the only guaranteed amount in Kessler’s deal was his signing bonus of $664,788.

2.) Guarantee Offset – Since Jacoby Brissett does not have any guaranteed salaries in his deal this was a moot point.

3.) Split Salary – As projected Jacoby Brissett does have the split-salary provision so if he is placed on Injured Reserve anytime during the 2016 season, his salary will decrease from $450,000 to $333,000. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that “28 of 29 third rounders, including Jacoby Brissett, have a full split. Only Kyler Fackrell has a preseason split.”

4.) Credited Season – Often lower-round draft picks, undrafted free agents (UDFAs) and players with an injury history often sign deals that will lower their salary if placed on Injury Reserve and that will lower their 2017 season from $540,000 to $465,000 (minimum salary for 2017 rookies). As projected Jacoby Brissett – like Cyrus Jones, Joe Thuney, and Vincent Valentine – does not have this credited season provision in his deal. Please note that Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, and Devin Lucien all have this provision in their deals.

5.) Other Compensation – Rookies’ cash intake are allowed to increase by 25% of their first-year cap number. Example – Cyrus Jones’ 2016 cap number is $728,492. 25% of $728,492 equals $182,123. His 2017 salary is $450,000 + $182,123 = $632,123. Cyrus Jones’ 2018 salary is $632,123 plus $182,123 equals $814,246. Cyrus Jones’ 2019 salary is $814,246 plus $182,123 equals $996,369. First and second round picks usually have the 25% rule applied to their deals while lower-round picks (4th, 5th, 6th and 7th) for the Patriots do not have the opportunity to earn more cash than the minimum salaries. Joe Thuney has the opportunity to earn $100,000 in extra cash with offseason workout bonuses in 2017 ($35K), 2018 ($35K) and 2019 ($30K). Vincent Valentine has the opportunity to earn $45,000 in extra cash with offseason workout bonuses in 2017, 2018 and 2019 ($15K each year). Brissett’s 2016 cap number will be $620,151. 25% of $620,151 = $155,038. His 2017 cash intake will be $450,000 + $155,038 or $605,038 ($580,038 salary and $25,000 offseason workout bonus). His 2018 cash intake will be $605,038 + $155,038 or $760,076 ($735,076 salary and $25,000 offseason workout bonus). His 2019 cash intake will be $760,076 + $155,038 or $915,114 ($890,114 salary and $25,000 offseason workout bonus). If Brissett had the minimum salaries in 2017/2018/2019 the total value of his deal would have been $3,020,604. The total value of his deal after receiving 100% of the additional compensation ($390,228) is $3,410,832. 8 of 9 quarterbacks drafted in the 3rd round have now received the maximum amount of extra compensation under the new CBA. Because Brissett is scheduled to earn 100% of the additional compensation both Ben Volin and Mike Reiss pointed out that Brissett is now scheduled to earn money than 17 players drafted before him including his team Joe Thuney.

Here’s a graphical look at Brissett’s deal

The top deal is his deal
The bottom deal shows the deal without any additional compensation.

Jacoby Brissett's deal

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The salary cap impact of Michael Williams’ Injury

On June 10th the New England Patriots announced that they waived/injured Michael Williams. The deadline for a team to claim Williams was 4PM June 13th. No team did, so Michael Williams reverts to being on the Patriots injured reserve list. By being on IR Williams is no longer considered a member of the 90-man active roster. Therefore, the Patriots now have an open spot on their active roster.

Right now, the Patriots have these tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Stephen Scheu, and Bryce Williams) on their active 2016 roster. Rob Gronkowski, Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Stephen Scheu, and Bryce Williams are all signed for the 2017 season.

By being placed on IR, the split salary provision in Williams’ contract now takes effect lowering his salary from $525,000 to $348,000. The split salary provision lowers a player if he is placed on injured reserve during the year. Since his cap number is not currently among the 51 highest salary cap numbers on the Patriots, his $348,000 salary is not counting against the cap currently. It will start to count on the Patriots salary on 12AM Thursday, September 8th when all contracts start to count against the salary cap.

With 3 (2013/2015/2016) accrued seasons (an accrued season is a season with at least 6 games on the active roster or on IR) Michael Williams is scheduled to become a RFA after this season. The low RFA tender in 2015 was $1,542,000. It can increase each year by no less than 5% and no more than 10%. Therefore, in 2016 the low RFA tender could be as little as $1,619,000 or as much as $1,696,000. Can’t see the Patriots giving Michael Williams the low RFA tender. Can see them offering him an one-year deal at around $600,000 in value.

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Patscap end of mini-camp thoughts

Had some various thoughts that were not long enough to justify blogging on them so I decide to create this mish-mash.

* Doubt that the Hurns extension is a good comparable for Butler since it appears that Hurns wanted to become the highest paid #2 receiver by the new money APY metric. Butler is the Patriots #1 cornerback.

* With his torn ACL Michael Williams is likely to be placed on IR. His 2016 salary will be lowered from $525,000 to $348,000. Right now, his salary does not count against the Patriots cap since his cap number is not one of 51 highest cap numbers. Starting on September 7 his $348,000 salary will count against the cap. Williams is scheduled to be a RFA (Restricted Free Agent in 2017).

* Quoting Article 8 Section 1 from the CBA: “A player shall not receive an Accrued Season for any League Year in which the player is under contract to a Club and in which he failed to report to such Club at least thirty days prior to the first regular season game of that season, or in which the player thereafter failed to perform his contract services for the Club for a material period of time unless he demonstrates to the Impartial Arbitrator extreme personal hardship causing such failure to report or perform, such as severe illness or death in the family. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be made within thirty days of the application by the player, and shall be based upon all information relating to such hardship submitted by such date. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties.”. This explains why Malcolm Butler will not hold out in 2016. He needs 2016 to be an accrued season in order to become a RFA in 2017. If he holds out, he will be an ERFA in 2017 and has to accept the Patriots tender for the minimum salary in order to play in 2017. A 1st round RFA tender in 2017 should be just shy of $4 million. An ERFA tender will be either $615,000 or $690,000.

* With Cody Kessler signed I now expect Jacoby Brissett to sign his rookie deal within a couple of days. He should receive a 4 year deal with a $680,604 signing bonus. His 2016 salary will be $450,000. His 2017 cash intake should be $605,038 (expect some to be an offseason workout bonus). His 2018 cash intake should be $760,076. His 2019 cash intake should be $915,114. I am presuming that Brissett will be getting 100% additional compensation like Kessler.

* As of 6/9/2016 10PM I have the Patriots with $9,709,249 in cap space. In 2013 the Patriots entered training camp with about 10m in cap space; in 2014, around 6 million; and in 2015, around 8.9 million.

* If you wish to know what Patriots players are eligible to be placed on the practice squad, I highly recommend bookmarking this blog piece of mine.

* Since Aaron Hernandez is back in the news, like to remind that I have blogged about his salary cap implications. Expect that one day that the Patriots will receive a $3.25 million credit on their cap because of Hernandez.

* I went back and look at the Week 1 rosters and discovered that since 2008 the Patriots had a player on Week 1 who was
1.) claimed on waivers
2.) traded for
3.) signed in free agency

so it is very likely that a current player on another team’s roster will be on the Patriots Week 1 roster.

* I still continue to believe that the Patriots will extend all of the Big Four (Hightower, Collins, Butler, Sheard) sometime between now and the end of the 2017 season. Do not expect all four to happen in 2016. Below are what I consider fair deals between the Patriots and the quartet. These deals are for before Week 1. Numbers would change if extension is made during 2016 and most likely increase if reached in 2017.

Hightower's Deal

Collins' Deal

Butler's Deal

Sheard's Deal

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Patscap thoughts – Memorial Day 2016

First off, I like to honor those who gave their lives in service to this great country. Thanks so much.

Had some various thoughts that were not long enough to justify blogging on them so I decide to create this mish-mash.

* Julian Edelman has four different ways to earn a $500,000 NLTBE incentive.
1.) He catches 80 passes AND the New England Patriots win 13 games
2.) He catches 80 passes AND the Patriots get to the Super Bowl
3.) He has 1,057 receiving yards
4.) He has 70 receptions plus seven TDs

Really like his chances to earn this incentive. For the record, if he does all four, he will still earn $500,000, not $2 million.

* I have been covering the cap since 2001. Have never seen an correlation between cash spending and winning games.

* I have been covering the cap since 2001. Have never seen an correlation between cap space and winning games.

* It is shameful how “the Patriots are cheap” crowd ignore how many Patriots became the highest player at their position during the Kraft era (Law, Milloy, Mankins, Mayo, Brady, Gronkowski, Vollmer, Paxton, Gostkowski, Vinatieri).

* A NFL team’s cash spending is cyclical. It goes up one or two years and then goes down for one or two years. “The Patriots are cheap” crowd chirp a lot when it is reported that the Patriots have not spent a great deal of cash in one year. See early 2015 when it was reported that the Patriots were under the 89% cash spending requirement. Same crowd is silent the years the Patriots do spend a great deal of cash. See early 2016 when it was reported that the Patriots were over the 89% cash spending requirement.

* I still continue to believe that the Patriots will extend all of the Big Three.

* Very doubtful that the Patriots will receive a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017. The Patriots have signed 5 qualifying free agents (Washington, Kuhn, Harbor, McClellin, and Knighton) while losing two free agents (Hicks and Wilson)

* As of 5/30/2016 11AM I have the Patriots with $9,709,249 in cap space. In 2013 the Patriots entered training camp with about 10m in cap space; in 2014, around 6 million; and in 2015, around 8.9 million.

* If you wish to know what Patriots players are eligible to be placed on the practice squad, I highly recommend bookmarking this blog piece of mine.

* For any Patriot removed from the club’s roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 1, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in team salary at the start of the 2017 League Year. These Patriots are currently signed past the 2016 season and have future signing bonus prorations so they would be affected by the June 1 amortization rule (Tom Brady, Cyrus Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Allen, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Amendola, Devin McCourty, Julian Edelman, Malcom Brown, Jordan Richards, Patrick Chung, Shea McClellin, Clay Harbor, KeShawn Martin, Nate Ebner, LaAdrian Waddle, Joe Cardona, David Andrews, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nate Solder, Duron Harmon, Bryan Stork, James White, Cameron Fleming, Dion Lewis, Josh Kline, Jordan Richards, Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers, Tre’ Jackson, James White, Jacoby Brissett (when signed), Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, Devin Lucien, A.J. Derby, Darryl Roberts, CJ Johnson, Stephen Scheu, V’Angeleo Bentley, Jonathan Jones, Crevon LeBlanc, DJ Foster, Woodrow Hamilton, Bryce Williams, and Shaq Mason). Basically, if the listed players are cut/waived by the Patriots after 4PM June 1 there will be 2017 dead money for the Patriots.

* The Patriots have had an undrafted free agent (UDFA) make the Week 1 roster for 12 straight years. Will CJ Johnson, Stephen Scheu, V’Angeleo Bentley, Jonathan Jones, Crevon LeBlanc, DJ Foster, Woodrow Hamilton, or Bryce Williams keep the streak going?

* A player can be placed on Reserve-PUP during roster cutdowns ONLY IF he was on Active PUP the entire preseason. That is, taking part in one training camp practice makes the player ineligible for Reserve-PUP.

* I blogged about the salary cap ramifications of the Los Angeles Rams signing Dominique Easley.

* Proven Performance Escalator (PPE) – As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. 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. Out of Jacoby Brissett, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, and Devin Lucien I consider Valentine to have the best chance to earn the PPE which would increase his 2019 salary by over a million dollars.

* 4PM December 31 is a deadline for these two things
1.) Clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2016 league year salary cap room to be credited to the club’s 2017 team salary.
2.) Redo a player’s deal and have any signing bonus proration count against the 2016 salary cap

* CSNNE.com put up a video on May 28th talking about who is the priority to extend on the Patriots defense.
CSNNE video screenshot lists Butler as an UFA. He is going to be a RFA after the 2016 season. He will have 3 accrued seasons (2014/2015/2016). NFL players need 4 accrued seasons to become an UFA.

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On May 17, 2016 the Los Angeles Rams signed former New England Patriot Dominique Easley to a contract. Dominique Easley was waived by the Patriots on April 13th. His 2016 salary of $1,083,959 was fully guaranteed. Ever since the report of Easley’s signing I have thought of the answers to the following questions.

Q: How does this signing affect the 2016 Patriots salary cap?
A: It does not affect it all since any credit for any cash received by Easley from the Rams will come in 2017. From the CBA – “In the event that a Club receives a refund from the player of any previously-paid Salary, or the Club fails to pay any previously allocated portion of a signing bonus (including any amount treated as signing bonus), such amount as has previously been included in Team Salary shall be credited to the Club’s Team Salary for the next League Year.” In Easley’s case the next League Year will be the 2017 League Year which will begin sometime in March, 2017.

Q: How much credit can the Patriots receive in 2017?
A: A maximum of $1,083,959.

Q: Will the Patriots receive a 2017 compensatory pick as a result of this signing?
A: No. Dominique Easley does not qualify to be included in the compensatory pick formula as he does not have four accrued seasons and more importantly he was waived. Cut players are not eligible to be included in the compensatory pick calculations.

Q: What is Easley’s minimum salary for 2016?
A: $600,000.

Q: Does Easley have to make the 53-man roster for the Patriots to get a credit?
A: No. He could receive a signing bonus on May 17, be waived by the Rams in September, and not picked up by another team and the Patriots will still get a credit in 2017 for the 2016 Rams signing bonus.

Q: If the Rams sign Easley to a long-term deal in 2017 will the Patriots get a credit in 2018?
A: No. The credit only applies to his 2016 Patriots salary.

Q: What if the Rams waive Easley and another team claims him and Easley is on their roster for the 2016 season earning a $600,000 salary?
A: Patriots will get a credit for $600,000. It does not matter how many other teams Easley is on 2016. It matters how much he gets paid by other teams in 2016.

Q: If the Rams make it to the playoffs, will the Patriots get a credit for his postseason pay?
A: No, since postseason pay is considered a benefit and is not considered salary.

Q: How long is Easley’s deal with the Los Angeles Rams?
A: Reported to be a one-year deal.

Q: Is Dominique Easley to be placed on the Rams practice squad?
A: Yes. Under the new practice squad rules a player with two accrued seasons like Easley can be signed to a practice squad.

Added on May 19

Q: If Easley is on the Rams roster Week 1 is his 2016 Rams salary then guaranteed?
A: No, because he does not have four accrued seasons.

Q: If Easley’s 2016 Rams salary is $600,000 how much will he get paid for each week?
A: $600,000 divided by 17 weeks equals $35,294. Players are paid for the bye week.

Q: If Easley is placed on the Rams practice squad, will the Patriots still receive a 2017 credit? Tip of the hat to @camburkeburke for this question.
A: Yes.

Q: What is the salary for a practice squad player?
A: The minimum salary is $6,900 a week or $110,400 for the season.

Added on May 20

Q: Is it (2017 credit) all or nothing? Or is there prorated 2017 credit for how many games on roster? Tip of the hat to @peterdawe for this question.
A: 2017 credit is dependent on how many weeks Easley is paid for by the Rams. If on the roster for 4 weeks, Pats will receive a credit in 2017 for four weeks pay.

Q: If Dominique Easley gets paid by the Rams for attending their offseason workout sessions, will the Patriots receive a credit in 2017?
A: Yes, $195 for each workout session attended. Maximum number of session is 36.

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Patscap breaks down Danny Amendola’s 2016 paycut

On May 10, 2016 the Boston Globe’ Ben Volin tweeted that the “Danny Amendola was supposed to have a $5m salary and $6.8m cap hit. New deal has $1.25m salary, $100k signing bonus and $250k per-game bonus”; “Amendola’s new deal guarantees him $1.35m, all this year. His 2017 wasn’t touched — $6m salary, $500k in per-game, $500k incentives, $0 gtd”; “His new cap number this year is $2,916,666. So #Patriots save $3.4m in cash and $3.9m in salary cap on Amendola” and “Amendola gets $25,000 per game active, but only up to 10 games”.

Before this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number was $6,804,166 which consisted of a
* $5 million salary
* $1,366,666 in signing bonus proration
* $437,500 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola was active for 14 games in 2015. Also before this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number was $7,866,668 which consisted of a
* 6 million salary
* $1,366,668 in signing bonus proration
* $500,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola was due $12 million in cash from the Patriots for the next two seasons. Danny Amendola also had $500,000 in NTLBE incentives tied to receptions for 2016 and 2017 – the lowest trigger level is 90 receptions. In March of 2015 Danny Amendola and the Patriots restructured his deal. His 2015 salary was lowered from $4 million to $1.25 million while Amendola was given a $500,000 signing bonus which was prorated over the 2015/2016/2017 seasons. Danny Amendola’s $500,000 receptions incentive was increased to $750,000. His incentives were changed from 90 receptions to the following tiered structure.

* 40 catches for $150,000 – Earned
* 50 catches for another $150,000 ($300,000 total) – Earned
* 60 catches for another $225,000 ($525,000 total) – Earned
* 70 catches for another $225,000 ($750,000 total) – Unearned

Danny Amendola had 63 receptions in 2015 and was active for 15 games. His 2015 cash intake totaled $2,712,500
* $1.25 million salary
* $500,000 signing bonus
* $525,000 in earned incentives
* $437,500 for being active for 14 games ($31,250 per game)
==========
$2,712,500

After this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number is now $2,916,666 which consisted of a
* $1.25 million salary
* $1,416,666 in signing bonus proration
* $250,000 ($25,000 per 46-man active roster appearance – maximum of 10 games) roster bonus.

After this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number is now $7,866,668 which consisted of a
* $6 million salary
* $1,416,668 in signing bonus proration
* $500,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola is now due $8.1 million (down from $12 million) in cash from the Patriots for the next two seasons. Danny Amendola no longer has $500,000 in NTLBE incentives tied to receptions for the 2016 season but those incentives whose lowest trigger level is 90 receptions remains for the 2017 season.

Danny Amendola's PayCut Detailed

Danny Amendola’s $6.8 million cap hit was the 5th highest on the 2016 Patriots and was the highest of Brady’s offensive weapons.

Amendola, Danny $6,804,166
Gronkowski, Rob $6,618,750
Hogan, Chris $5,500,000
Bennett, Martellus $5,185,000
Edelman, Julian $4,421,875
Harbor, Clay $1,287,500
Martin, Keshawn $1,275,000
Bolden, Brandon $1,272,500
Dobson, Aaron $1,090,845
Lewis, Dion $1,087,500
Blount, LaGarrette $1,025,000
Develin, James $750,000
White, James $699,272
Brown, Donald $680,000 (Brown’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $600,000)
Washington, Nate $680,000 (Nate Washington’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $600,000)

The salaries of the below players are not counting against the Patriots salary cap because of the Top 51 rule
Mitchell, Malcolm $ 144,498
Derby, A.J. $28,013
Lucien, Devin 21,353
Gaffney, Tyler $0
Harper, Chris $0
Williams, Michael $0
Carter, DeAndre $0

After the paycut Danny Amendola’s $2.9 million cap hit is now the 15th highest on the 2016 Patriots and is now the 6th highest of Brady’s offensive weapons.

Some frequently asked questions about the salary cap implications of Danny Amendola’s paycut

Added at 11:05 PM May 10, 2016
Q: Was asked by @InBostonSports on Twitter – What does $4M do for the team at this point in offseason? Resign the big D guys but what if they don’t. Why do this?
A: The 9 million in cap space may just be enough to

* Sign Jamie Collins to an extension. A deal that is slightly better than Lavonte David would take up over $5 million in cap space
Jamie Collins' extension

* Pay for players 52 and 53 – $900,000

* Pay for the 10-man practice squad – ($6,600 * 17 weeks * 10 players) = $1,122,000. Will round up to $1,500,000 since Patriots typically pay some practice squad players more than the minimum and the Patriots have cut practice squad players after 4PM Tuesday when the player has earned that week’s salary.

* Have a cushion for the NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses that could be earned by Kuhn, Sheard, Bolden, Kline, Freeny, Lewis, Edelman, Vollmer, Solder, Gronkowski, McCourty, Long, McClellin, Martin, Waddle, Cannon, Knighton, Harbor, Ebner, Humber, and Chung. If all twenty-two players play in all sixteen games in 2016, the Patriots will then lose close to $1.9 million in cap space. Earned NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses are the only NLTBE incentives that if earned hits that year’s cap. Quoting the CBA – “Any roster bonus which is deemed not “likely to be earned” based upon the player’s performance during the prior year shall immediately be included in Team Salary when earned.”

* Have a cushion for other reachable NLTBE incentives (1.5 million) which consist of Vollmer’s playing-time incentive ($1 million) and Edelman’s receptions incentives ($500,000).

* Have a cushion to replace injured players during preseason and regular season – $4 to $6 million.

* Have a cushion to extend players during regular season – $1 to $4 million.
Example – Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler's extension

* Have a cushion just in case Scott Chandler applies for 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 may qualify for Injury Protection since he underwent surgery in the off-season following the season of injury and was released with failed physical designation. If Scott Chandler is 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.

Q: Did you expect this paycut?
A: Yes.

Q: What surprised you about the paycut?
A: The large amount. Had projected cap savings of between 2 and 3 million. Ended up being $3,887,500.

Q: Did anything else surprised you about the paycut?
A: Surprised that Amendola was not given a chance to earn back some of the money by reaching NTLBE (Not Likely to be Earned Incentives).

Q: How much was the paycut in 2015?
A: It ended up being $1,787,500 after factoring in the 2015 incentives he earned.

Q: How much is the paycut in 2016?
A: $3,887,500

Q: How much of Amendola’s deal is guaranteed?
A: $1.35 million which consists of his 2016 salary of $1.25 million and his $100,000 signing bonus

Q: Does this pay-cut guarantee a spot on the 53-man roster for Danny Amendola?
A: I think so. Now consider him a roster lock along with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell.

Q: What was the maximum pay-cut that Amendola could have received?
A: Lowering Danny Amendola’s salary from $5 million to $885,000, the lowest minimum salary for a player with Danny Amendola’s experience along with eliminating his 46-man active roster bonus would have resulted in a 2016 cash intake of just $885,000. for a cap savings of $4,115,000. I just doubt that Amendola would agree to such a paycut

Q: Exactly how much cap space did this pay-cut create in 2016?
A: $3,887,500

Q: How did this pay-cut change Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number?
A: It increased it by $50,000 – the 2017 proration of his 2016 $100,000 signing bonus

Q: What would be the dead money hit if Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $1,416,668

Q: How much cap space would be created if Danny Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $6,500,000

Q: Do you expect Danny Amendola to be playing for the Patriots at his current cap number of $7,916,668
A: No. Expect that he will agree to a third paycut or be released/traded.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Dont’a Hightower?
A: Doubtful since any 2016 extension will lower Hightower’s 2016 cap number of $7.751 million.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Jamaal Sheard?
A: Doubtful since any 2016 extension will lower Jamaal Sheard’s 2016 cap number of $6.8125 million.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Jamie Collins?
A: Possible since any 2016 extension will increase Jamie Collins’ 2016 cap number of $1,196,683.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Malcolm Butler?
A: Very possible since any 2016 extension will increase Butler’ 2016 cap number of $600,000.

Q: What teammates of Amendola benefit from his pay-cut?
A: The increased cap space makes it easier for the Patriots to not release a Marcus Cannon.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: As of 9:40PM May 10th $9,093,232

Q: Do the Patriots now have enough cap space for the rest of the year?
A: They may have. It depends on how many extensions of lower-salaried players (Collins, Ryan, Harmon, Butler, Kuhn, Bolden, Harbor, Freeny, Develin) the Patriots plan to before the end of the 2016 regular season.

Q: How much was Danny Amendola scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2016 under original deal?
A: $22 million.

Q: How much is Danny Amendola now scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2016 after his two paycuts?
A: $16,187,500, almost $6 million dollars less.

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Patscap breaks down the Chandler Jones trade – Updated after the 2016 draft

On March 15 2016 the New England Patriots traded Chandler Jones, a 2012 first round pick, to the Arizona Cardinals, for Jonathan Cooper, a 2013 first round pick and the Cardinals’ 2016 2nd round pick, the 61st pick overall. During the 2016 draft the Patriots traded the 61st pick to the New Orleans Saints for the 78th overall pick which was used to select offensive lineman Joe Thuney and the 112nd overall pick which was used to select wide receiver Malcolm Mitcell.

What does this trade mean for the Patriots?

It clears $4,172,091 in 2016 cap space as Jones’ $7.779 million salary will be replaced by
* Jonathan Cooper’s 2016 cap number of $2,388,954
* Joe Thuney’s projected 2016 cap number of $643,457
* Malcolm Mitchell’s projected 2016 cap number of $594,498
for a total of $3,626,909

I would summarize the trade as Chandler Jones for Jonathan Cooper, Joe Thuney, Malcolm Mitchell and $3.6 million in 2016 cap space.

Please note that Jonathan Cooper’s 2016 salary is $675,000. Cooper has a $1,713,954 roster bonus that is payable the 5th day of training camp.

Since Jones’ 2016 cap hit was entirely composed of his salary, there is no dead money cost with this trade for the Patriots. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have $2,240,273 in dead money by trading Cooper.

Starting in 2011 teams have the option to pick up a fifth year on their first round draft picks. Quoting CBA – Exercise Period. A Club has the unilateral right to extend from four years to five years the term of any Rookie Contract of a player selected in the first round of the Draft (the “Fifth-Year Option”). To do so, the Club must give written notice to the player after the final regular season game of the player’s third season but prior to May 3 of the following League Year (i.e., year four of the contract).

Jonathan Cooper was drafted 7th overall by the Cardinals in the 2013 draft. Per the CBA his option shall equal be the 2016 Transition Tender for players at the same position that he played the most snaps in 2015. In Cooper’s case that would be the offensive linemen – $11.902M. If the Patriots do pick up the option, Cooper’s 2017 salary would be guaranteed for injury only. It would be become fully guaranteed when the 2017 League Year begins sometime in March of 2017.

Some frequently asked questions about the Chandler Jones trade

Q: Do the Patriots have any dead money associated with this trade?
A: None

Q: How much cap space did the trade create on March 15?
A: $5,410,046 – the difference between Chandler Jones’ 2016 cap number and Jonathan Cooper’s 2016 cap number.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have as of May 1?
A: $5,437,672 which does NOT include the impact of signing of the 2016 draft class.

Q: What is Jonathan Cooper’s Patriots salary cap number?
A: $2,388,954

Q: Were you surprised by this trade?
A: No. Predicted that Jones would be traded. Thought the trade would happen closer to the draft.

Q: What are the compensatory pick implications from this trade?
A: If he signs elsewhere after the 2016 season Chandler Jones would count as a free agent loss for the Cardinals and not the Patriots. If the Patriots do not pick up Cooper’s option he will then become an UFA after the 2016 season and if he signs elsewhere he then becomes eligible for the 2018 compensatory pick calculations

Q: How does this trade affect the 2017 cap space?
A: It will definitely decrease it. As of May 1, 2016 it will decrease it by $1,417,955 – the total of Joe Thuney and Malcolm Mitchell’s 2017 cap numbers. Add $11,902,000 (Cooper’s 2017 salary) if the Patriots pick up Cooper’s option. I project Joe Thuney’s 2017 cap number to be $733,457 while also projecting Malcolm Mitchell’s 2017 cap number to be $684,498

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Dont’a Hightower?
A: Doubtful since any 2016 extension would have lowered Hightower’s 2016 cap number of $7.751 million.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Jamie Collins?
A: Very possible since any 2016 extension would have increased Jamie Collins’ 2016 cap number of $1,196,683.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Malcolm Butler?
A: Very possible since any 2016 extension would have increased Butler’ 2016 cap number of $600,000.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Logan Ryan?
A: Very possible since any 2016 extension would have increased Logan Ryan’s 2016 cap number of $1,811,813.

Q: What other teammates of Chandler Jones could possibly benefit from his trade?
A: The increased cap space makes it easier for the Patriots to not release a Marcus Cannon/ or ask Danny Amendola to redo his deal or offset increasing Edelman’s 2016 cap number.

Q: What do you now expect the Patriots do with this cap space?
A: Expect them to extend Hightower and Collins this year.

Q: Can the Patriots now extend Cooper?
A: Yes

Q: If the Patriots cut Jonathan Cooper before his roster bonus is due what would be the dead money?
A: $2,388,954 if not claimed on waivers. $0 if claimed.

Q: If the Patriots cut Jonathan Cooper in September as part of the roster cutdowns what would be the dead money?
A: $2,388,954 if not claimed on waivers. $1,713,954 if claimed.

Q: If the Patriots do not pick up Jonathan Cooper’s option can they place the franchise tag on him in 2017?
A: Yes

Q: Can the patriots pick up Jonathan Cooper’s option and then cut him before 2017 league year for zero dead money?
A: If he is not injured at the end of the 2016 season, yes. If injured, Pats would be on the hook for his 11.902 million salary.

Q: Why does this trade make sense for the Patriots?
A: Because of the position he plays – pass-rushing defensive end Chandler Jones is going to be paid the most out of all the defenders on the Patriots even though he is not the Patriots best defensive player. Trade allows Patriots to build around Hightower, Collins, Butler and Jabaal Sheard. If the Patriots were to tag Chandler Jones in 2017 it would have cost between 15 and 16 million. Picking up Jonathan Cooper’s option is 3 to 4 million dollars cheaper.

Q: What is the deadline to extend Hightower, Collins, and Butler in 2016?
A: To take advantage of prorating any signing bonuses the deadline is the day before the end of the regular season.

Q: How much cap space is now needed to sign the 9 draft picks?
A: Somewhere between $825,000 and $1,075,000 depending on who is the Top 51 list when they are signed.

Q: What Patriot may now be the most nervous about their roster spot?
A: Josh Kline. He has a 2 million cap number with a $500,000 in dead money if cut before 6/2. $250,000 in both 2016 and in 2017 if cut during roster cutdowns.

Q: How does this trade help the Patriots with using the franchise tag in 2017
A: It frees up the tag to be used if needed on Donta’s Hightower or Jamie Collins. The 2016 franchise tag on defensive ends was $15.701 million. The tag on linebackers was $14.129 million. That is a difference of over $1.5 million.

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