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Previewing the 2017 New England Patriots Salary Cap (Part 1)

A couple of my Twitter followers asked for a New England Patiots 2017 salary cap preview. Please note that I have used Brian McFarland’s preview of the Ravens 2015 salary cap a template for this blog post. I decided to break up this preview so as to limit the length. Would like to prevent ice cream headaches during the middle of winter:)

These numbers were last updated on January 4, 2017.

Quick summary – The Patriots are going to have to make several difficult decisions in the next year about which young players to retain. I will presume that the 2017 salary cap will be $170 million. Given that we are about 2 months away from the start of the 2017 League Year (4PM, March 9) this preview is probably a bit premature so I plan to update this in February after the Super Bowl.

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT
The Patriots presently have the following 40 players under contract for 2017 (with Cap Numbers indicated):

QBs (3): Tom Brady ($14M); Jimmy Garoppolo ($1,108,513); Jacoby Brissett ($775,189)

RBs (3):  Dion Lewis ($1.4875M); James White ($789,272); DJ Foster ($540K)

WRs (4): Danny Amendola ($7,791,868); Julian Edelman ($5,750,000); Chris Hogan ($2,968,750); Malcolm Mitchell ($684,498)

TE (1): Rob Gronkowski ($6.75M)

C (2): David Andrews ($620,000); Ted Karras ($565,089)

G (3): Joe Thuney ($768,357); Tre’ Jackson ($745,935); Shaq Mason ($725,881)

OT (4): Nate Solder ($11,166,418); Marcus Cannon ($3,368,750); Sebastian Vollmer ($2,250,000); LaAdrian Waddle ($1.15M)

DE (2): Trey Flowers ($754,733); Geneo Grissom ($615,000)

DT (2): Malcom Brown ($2,076,336); Vincent Valentine ($716,355)

LBs (5): Shea McClellin ($3,283,333); Rob Ninkovich ($2.35M); Jonathan Freeney ($1,735,833); Kyle Van Noy ($1,115,741); Elandon Roberts ($565,089)

CBs (3): Cyrus Jones ($910,614); Eric Rower ($878,624); Jonathan Jones ($543,333);

S (3): Devin McCourty ($10.935M); Patrick Chung ($4.5M); Jordan Richards($1,012,241)

ST (5): Stephen Gostkowski ($4.5M) Matthew Slater ($1,612,500); Ryan Allen ($1.9M); Nate Ebner ($1.2M); Joe Cardona ($685K)

The above 40 players are under contract for a total Salary Cap commitment (which includes dead money from players no longer on the team) of $107,305,742.

Initial projections have estimated that the 2017 Salary Cap would see an increase of between $13M and $15M, moving the Cap up to between $166M and $170M.

So, using the figure of $170M for the estimated Cap, the Patriots will initially have around $62.7M in Cap space.

This will be the basis for early reports on the status of the Patriots’ Salary Cap, but it’s important to keep in mind that this number is based only on the 40 players that are presently under contract and nowhere near representative of the team’s Cap with a full roster.

So, between now and March 9th at 4:00 p.m., when the new league year begins and free agency begins, the Patriots will have a lot of work to do.

PRACTICE SQUAD FREE AGENTS (Futures Contracts)
In past years, the Patriots have usually re-signed all of their Practice Squad players to contracts for the coming year. The announcement of those signed should come right after the Super Bowl.

The 10 players currently on the Practice Squad are:

DT – Darius Kilgo
DT – Woodrow Hamilton
LB – Trevor Bates
G – Jamil Douglas
G – Chris Barker
G – Chase Farris
RB – Tyler Gaffney
FB – Glenn Gronkowski
WR – Devin Lucien
WR – DeAndrew White

Glenn Gronkowski, Devin Lucien, Chase Farris, and Trevor Bates will be signed to an one-year contracts of $465K. Based on already having a credited season in the NFL, Chris Barker, Woodrow Hamilton, Tyler Gaffney, DeAndrew White, and Jamil Douglas would receive one-year contracts of $540K. With two credited seasons, Darius Kilgo will receive an one-year contracts of $615K. The Patriots total cap commitment after signing their practice squad is $112,480,742.

2016 SALARY CAP CARRYOVER
Under the terms of the CBA, teams are now allowed to carry over excess Salary Cap space from one year to the next. As of 1/4 I am projecting that the Patriots will end the 2016 season with about $5.4 million in cap space. Add $5.4m to our League Cap Projection of $170m and we now have the Patriots adjusted cap as $175.4 million. Subtract Pats commitment of $112,480,742 from $175.4 million and we get about $62.9 million in cap space with 62 players on the Patriots 2016 roster.

INCENTIVE ADJUSTMENTS:The Patriots’ 2016 Cap will also see adjustments for incentives earned that didn’t count against the 2016 Cap (“Not Likely To Be Earned” incentives) that were actually earned and incentives that did count against the 2016 Cap (“Likely To Be Earned” incentives) but weren’t earned.

The total of these incentive adjustments are usually not disclosed until near the beginning of the 2017 league year in March. I currently project that the Patriots will get a debit of $647,500. See my blog post that tracks the Patriots incentives to see the underlying details behind this projection. Subtract $647,500 from the prior Patriots adjusted cap number of $175.4 million and we now have our final projection of the Patriots 2016 adjusted cap number as $174,652,500. Subtract $112,480,472 from $174,652,500 and we get about $62.3 million in cap space.

2011/2012 CAP ADJUSTMENT REPAYMENT: 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 start of the 2017 League Year.

AARON HERNANDEZ: While I expect the Patriots to receive a $3.25M credit for Aaron Hernandez, I am now unsure if the credit will come before the 2017 League Year begins. I detailed why in this linked blog post.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS (ERFAs)
These players must be tendered contracts of the league minimum, based on the player’s length of service in the league ($615K, $540K or $465K). Once tendered, these players are fully under the team’s control and are not free to negotiate with other teams.

The Patriots have 3 players who will become Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFAs) after the 2016 season

TE – Matt Lengel ($540K)
CB – Justin Coleman ($615K)
S – Brandon King ($615K)

In the past, the Patriots have usually tendered all of their ERFAs who played some during the regular season. The Patriots have sometimes not tendered a player who spent the entire prior season on IR (Greg Orton – 2014 season). I go in more detail about the ERFAs in this blog piece.. Tendering their 3 ERFAs will increase the Patriots total commitment by $840,000 as Brandon King and Justin Coleman displaces players with a $465K salary from the Top 51 list while Matt Lengel’s 540K salary is now part of the Top 51 list. Our new total cap commitment number is $113,320,742. Subtract that from our $174,652,500 projection for the 2016 Patriots adjusted cap number and we get about $61.5 million in cap space.

PROJECTED ADJUSTED TEAM CAP AND RULE OF 51 SALARY CAP COMMITMENT

Based on all of the above, I am projecting that the Patriots will have an adjusted Team Salary Cap of $175.4M. The team’s adjusted Cap consists of the projected league-wide Salary Cap of $170M, plus the carryover of the 2016 excess Cap space of $5.4M (estimated), and incentive/Cap repayment adjustments (a debit amount of around $647,500).

So, for the purposes of this projection – and presenting the worst place scenario as the starting point – if the team signs and tenders all of their practice squad players and ERFAs and prior to the team making any other roster moves (releases or retirements) or the restructure of any contracts, the team will have 53 players under contract.

During the offseason, though, when rosters can balloon to up to 90 players, only the highest 51 Salary Cap numbers (and all 2016 signing bonus prorations and all dead money from released players) are counted for Salary Cap purposes.

As such, the Patriots’ estimated Rule of 51 number – again, if they sign all 10 practice squad players and tender all 3 ERFAs would be a Cap commitment of just over $113.3M

Estimates
2017 Cap – 170M
2016 Carryover – 5.4m
2016 Adjustments (-$647,500)
2016 Pats adjusted cap – $174,652,500
2017 Cap Commitment (53 players) – $113,320,742
2017 Patriots Cap Space = $61,331,758

In my next part I will look at how the Patriots will most likely use this cap space. Please note that this is the highest amount of cap space during the Robert Kraft/Bill Belichick era.

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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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The following tables attempt to show the current roster status of the 72 Patriots who were on the Patriots roster the day of Super Bowl XLIX. This is as of November 11, 2016. This illustrates why sometimes people say the NFL stands for “Not For Long”.  Super Bowl XLIX was played on February 1, 2015.  Less than two years later the Patriots roster looks very different.

Player                - 2014 Roster Status - Current Status
Aiken, Danny          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Allen, Ryan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Amendola, Danny       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Arrington, Kyle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Ravens)
Ayers, Akeem          - 53 man roster      - Signed with Rams (Now with Colts)
Barker, Chris         - Practice Squad     - Practice Squad
Bequette, Jake        - Practice Squad     - Cut. Out of League
Blount, LeGarrette    - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Bolden, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Boyce, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Browns)
Brady, Tom            - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Branch, Alan          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Browner, Brandon      - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Browner's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Buchanan, Michael     - IR                 - Cut. Now Out of League
Butler, Malcolm       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Cannon, Marcus        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Casillas, Jonathan    - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Chung, Patrick        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Collins, Jamie        - 53 man roster      - Traded to another team (Browns)
Connolly, Dan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
Dennard, Alfonzo      - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Develin, James        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Devey, Jordan         - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Chiefs)
Dobson, Aaron         - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League
Easley, Dominique     - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Rams)
Ebner, Nate           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Edelman, Julian       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Cameron      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Darius       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Gaffney, Tyler        - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league. 
Garoppolo, Jimmy      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gilbert, Garrett      - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league.
Gordon, Cameron       - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league
Gostkowski, Stephen   - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gray, Jonas           - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Green, Justin         - Practice Squad     - Retired
Gronkowski, Rob       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Harmon, Duron         - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hauptmann, Caylin     - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Hightower, Dont'a     - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hoomanawanui, Michael - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Saints)
Jones, Chandler       - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Cardinals)
Jones, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (49ers)
Kline, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Titans)
Krause, Jonathan      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Titans)
Lafell, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Bengals)
Martin, Eric          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of League
Mayo, Jerod           - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Officially Mayo's option was declined. Officially Mayo did not retire
McCourty, Devin       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Moore, Zach           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Morris, James         - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Ninkovich, Rob        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Orton, Greg           - IR                 - Not tendered. Now out of League.
Revis, Darrelle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Jets)
Revis's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Ridley, Stevan        - IR                 - Signed with Lions. Now with Falcons
Ryan, Logan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Siliga, Sealver    - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. With another team (Seahawks)
Skinner, Deontae      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Giants)
Slater, Matthew       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Solder, Nate          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Stork, Bryan          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league
Swanson, Dax          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Tyms, Brian           - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. Now out of league.
Vellano, Joe          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Falcons)
Vereen, Shane         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Vollmer, Sebastian    - 53 man roster      - PUP
Wendell, Ryan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
White, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
White, James          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Wilfork, Vince        - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Texans)
Wilfork's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Wilson, Tavon         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Lions)
Wright, Tim           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Lions)

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 24
Cut. With another team 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 4
Retired 2
PUP 1
Untendered. With another team 1
Untendered. Now out of league 1
IR 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Cut. With another team 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Untendered. Now out of League 1
Practice Squad 9
Cut. Now Out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Retired 1
Practice Squad 1
Grand Total 72
53 man roster 24
Cut. Now out of League 17
Cut. With another team 14
Signed with Another Team 5
Traded 4
Retired 3
Untendered. Now out of League 2
Untendered. With another team 1
PUP 1
Practice Squad 1

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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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Cap-Sized thoughts before the Bills game

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

1.) Glad to see Oliver Thomas back on the Patriots coverage.

2.) Have to thank Doug Kyed and Danny Goldberg for helping me resolve my Twitter password problem.

3.) There was a report this week that the Patriots had the lowest payroll in the NFL with spending $108 million in cash. That report is incorrect. That report was based on looking at http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cash/ which was not including the cash due to Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich because they were suspended at the time of the report. On the Spotrac main cash page for the Patriots http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/cash/ they have the Patriots cash spending at over $140 million. 140 million is a lot closer to my cash total of $138 million for the Patriots than is $108 million.

4.) Professional Patriots troll Bart Hubbuch displayed his ignorance of the salary cap with this tweet – “Many people around the NFL have speculated this very thing. Brady is his agent’s only client and keeps taking way below value. Very curious.” I know of at least two other Patriots who are clients of Don Yee – Julian Edelman and Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady’s 2010 deal made him the highest paid player in the NFL. When a player is extended with two years left on his deal as it often happened with Brady and Patriots the player is expected to give a discount since the team is taking on his injury risk for two years. Compare J.J. Watt’s deal with Suh’s deal with the Dolphins as an example.

5.) As of 9:30 PM October 1st the Patriots have 15 players who are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency after this year. I expect a couple of them to be extended during the season. The most likely candidates are James Develin, Chris Long, and LeGarrette Blount.

6.) Blount’s great start (298 rushing yards in 3 games) has put him in great position to earn all of his rushing yards incentives (750,000 total if he rushes for 1,100 yards).

7.) Aaron Hernandez’s 2017/2018 cap hits were scheduled to be 7 million each so the Pats were planning to have their #2 TE with a high cap hit. Do not rule an extension with Bennett.

8.) Patriots will receive a $600,000 credit on their 2017 cap if Dominique Easley remains on the Los Angeles Rams roster for the entire 2016 season.

9.) On October 3rd Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich can return to the Patriots 53-man roster. As of 9:40 PM my guess is that D.J. Foster and A.J. Derby will be waived to make room for them.  Any serious injury during the Bills game to a Patriots player will of course have an impact on what actually happens/

10.) 7 original members of the Patriots 10-man practice squad remain on the Patriots practice squad. Expect a couple of them to have their weekly salaries of $6,900 increased.

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Patscap’s Pre Roster Cuts Thoughts

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

* Nine Patriots (Nate Solder, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Hogan, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Amendola, Jonathan Cooper, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo and Ryan Allen) have their 2016 salaries fully guaranteed limiting any possible cut savings from possible cuts.

* Three Patriots (Chris Long, Joe Cardona, and Brandon Bolden) will earn a roster bonus if on the Patriots Week 1 roster.

* Tuesday 4PM August 30 is the deadline for teams to cut their active rosters to 75 players. I have the Patriots with 82 active players so the Patriots will have to make 7 moves.

* Starting Tuesday August 30 players can be placed on Injured Reserve without first having to clear waivers.

* My dead money number for Alan Branch differs from others because I am including his March 2016 $400,000 roster bonus in it. I am also including his $400,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins.

* My dead money number for Terrance Knighton differs from others because I am including his $100,000 offseason workout bonus in it. I am also including his $300,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins and his participation in the offseason workout program. If the Patriots were to release Knighton, they would create over 900K in cap space as a player with a $450,000 salary would replace him on the roster.

* As of 8/28/2016 9:00 PM I have the Patriots with $9,335,007 in cap space with a total of 84 players on their roster.

* Reminder that if a player takes part in a practice anytime during the preseason he is ineligible to be placed on Reserve PUP during roster cutdowns.

* The Patriots will receive a $235,294 credit on their cap once Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension begins on September 3rd. That savings is somewhat offset by paying another player (mostly at the rookie salary of $450,000) for four weeks ($105,882). Therefore, the net savings from the Brady’s suspension is $129,412.

* Michael Williams was placed on Injured Reserve on June 10. His $348,000 salary will start to count against the cap on 12:00 a.m., New York time, September 8th.

* Frank Kearse was placed on Injured Reserve on August 27. His $428,000 salary will start to count against the cap on 12:00 a.m., New York time, September 8th.

* Have to admit that I am very surprised that not one of the Big Four (Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, and Jabaal Sheard) has not been extended. The deadline to extend them and to have its related signing bonus proration count against the 2016 cap is 4PM December 31st.

* Once again I would Like to thank Hayden Bird for his very complimentary profile of me on Boston.Com

* The deadline to cut down to 53 active players is Saturday, 4PM September 3rd. Saturday, 4PM September 3rd is also the deadline to have a player on Active PUP (Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer, Tre Jackson, and Danny Amemdola). By then the Patriots will have to do one of the following with the four players
1.) Move them to Reserve PUP
2.) Place them on the 53-man active roster
3.) Place them on IR
4.) Waive/release them
5.) Trade them
6.) Placed them on the Reserve -Non-Football Injury list

* “At any time after six regular season weeks have elapsed since a player was placed on Reserve/Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness, each club is permitted to designate one player for return from either list to the club’s 53-player Active/Inactive List. The player who is “Designated For Return” must have suffered a major football-related or non-football-related injury after reporting to training camp and must have been placed on the applicable Reserve List after 400 p.m., New York time, on the day after the final roster reduction (September 4th). A player whom the club wishes to designate for return is permitted to return to practice for a period not to exceed 21 days. The club is required to notify the League office that the player has been “Designated For Return” on the first day the player begins to practice. The player cannot be returned to the Active/Inactive List until eight regular season weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve.”

* “Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club’s seventh regular season game (including any bye week) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 400 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.”

* The above two quotes come from https://nflcommunications.com/pages/all-events.aspx#k=#s=11

* In plain English, if the Patriots wish to place a player on Injured Reserve and wish to reserve the right to later activate the player during the regular season they must place the player on Injured Reserve after the cutdown to 53.

* Since Michael Williams and Frank Kearse were placed on Injured Reserve before the cutdown to 53 players they are ineligible to have the IR-DTR designation placed on them during the 2016 regular season.

* In plain English, the earliest a player who starts on the season on Reserve PUP can play is Week 7. The earliest a player who starts on IR can play is Week 9.

* Earlier this year I had thought that it would be an offensive lineman with a large cap hit number (Vollmer, Cannon, or Kline) that would be released to create cap space during roster cutdowns. The injuries to Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper and Sebastian Vollmer now makes it more likely that it will be a defensive lineman (Branch or Knighton).

* 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.

* If you know someone who works for Twitter, I could use your help. Had to replace my smartphone which has stored my Twitter password. Even though I have done everything mentioned on Twitter’s support page I have been unable to change my password since July 9th. My twitter handle is @patscap.

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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.

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Patscap’s Mid Training-Camp Thoughts

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

* Eight Patriots (Nate Solder, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Hogan, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Amendola, Jonathan Cooper, Malcom Brown, and Ryan Allen) have their 2016 salaries fully guaranteed.

* Six Patriots (Ryan Allen, Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Nate Ebner, Matthew Slater, and Shea McClellin) have Pro Bowl bonuses.

* The oddest salary cap tidbit I ever learned about a Patriots contract is that Kyle Arrington once had a Pro Bowl bonus in his last Patriots contract.

* If the Saints have never touched Keenan Lewis’ deal his dead money would have been $1.2 million in 2016 and $1.2 million in 2017. Because of his 2014 and 2015 restructures his dead money is now $6.35 million in 2016 and $3.6 million in 2017. Please keep this in mind when you hear that the cap is crap and that there are ways to get around the cap.

* My dead money number for Alan Branch differs from others because I am including his March 2016 $400,000 roster bonus in it. I am also including his $400,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins.

* My dead money number for Terrance Knighton differs from others because I am including his $100,000 offseason workout bonus in it. I am also including his $300,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins and his participation in the offseason workout program.

* Joe Cardona, barring injury, is a sure bet to earn his $37,500 roster bonus by being on the Patriots 2016 53-man roster anytime under current contract.

* On September 11th Chris Long is likely to earn his $250,000 roster bonus by making the 53-man roster anytime under his current contract with the Patriots.

* As of 8/21/2016 7:30 PM I have the Patriots with $9,112,507 in cap space.

* Reminder that if a player takes part in a practice anytime during the preseason he is ineligible to be placed on Reserve PUP during roster cutdowns.

* The Patriots will receive a $235,294 credit on their cap once Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension begins on September 3rd. That savings is somewhat offset by paying another player (mostly at the rookie salary of $450,000) for four weeks ($105,882). Therefore, the net savings from the Brady’s suspension is $129,412.

* Michael Williams’ $348,000 salary will start to count against the cap on 12:00 a.m., New York time, September 8th.

* Have to admit that I am very surprised that not one of the Big Four (Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, and Jabaal Sheard) has not been extended. The deadline to extend them and to have its related signing bonus proration count against the 2016 cap is 4PM December 31st.

* Once again I would Like to thank Hayden Bird for his very complimentary profile of me on Boston.Com

* The deadline to cut down to 75 active players is Tuesday, 4PM August 30th.

* The deadline to cut down to 53 active players is Saturday, 4PM September 3rd. Saturday, 4PM September 3rd is also the deadline to have a player on Active PUP (Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer, Tre Jackson, and Danny Amemdola). By then the Patriots will have to do one of the following with the four players
1.) Move them to Reserve PUP
2.) Place them on the 53-man active roster
3.) Place them on IR
4.) Waive/release them
5.) Trade them
6.) Placed them on the Reserve -Non-Football Injury list

* “At any time after six regular season weeks have elapsed since a player was placed on Reserve/Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness, each club is permitted to designate one player for return from either list to the club’s 53-player Active/Inactive List. The player who is “Designated For Return” must have suffered a major football-related or non-football-related injury after reporting to training camp and must have been placed on the applicable Reserve List after 400 p.m., New York time, on the day after the final roster reduction (September 4th). A player whom the club wishes to designate for return is permitted to return to practice for a period not to exceed 21 days. The club is required to notify the League office that the player has been “Designated For Return” on the first day the player begins to practice. The player cannot be returned to the Active/Inactive List until eight regular season weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve.”

* “Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club’s seventh regular season game (including any bye week) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 400 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.”

* The above two quotes come from https://nflcommunications.com/pages/all-events.aspx#k=#s=11

* 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.

* If you know someone who works for Twitter, I could use your help. Had to replace my smartphone which has stored my Twitter password. Even though I have done everything mentioned on Twitter’s support page I have been unable to change my password since July 9th. My twitter handle is @patscap.

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’s Pre-Training Camp Thoughts

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

* 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.

* Jonathan Cooper’s $1,713,954 roster bonus which will be earned the fifth day of the training camp is fully guaranteed.

* Alan Branch will earn $100,000 if he weighs no more than 350 pounds at the start of training camp and passes the team’s conditioning run in his first attempt to do so.

* My dead money number for Alan Branch differs from others because I am including his March 2016 $400,000 roster bonus in it. I am also including his $400,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins.

* Terrance Knighton will earn $75,000 if he weighs no more than 355 pounds at the start of training camp and passes the team’s conditioning run in his first attempt to do so.

* My dead money number for Terrance Knighton differs from others because I am including his $100,000 offseason workout bonus in it. I am also including his $300,000 weight bonus in it since I am presuming but not assuming:) that he made his weight all four times. I will change my dead money if and when I hear definitive information about his weigh-ins and his participation in the offseason workout program.

* With the recent release of Christian Yount Joe Cardona, barring injury, is a sure bet to earn his $37,500 roster bonus by being on the Patriots 2016 53-man roster anytime under current contract.

* As of 7/24/2016 10:30 AM I have the Patriots with $9,534,098 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.

* 9 Patriots (McCourty, Hightower, Hogan, Allen, Cyrus Jones, Malcom Brown, Solder, Gostkowski and Cooper) have their 2016 salaries fully guaranteed.

* Reminder that if a player takes part in a practice anytime during the preseason he is ineligible to be placed on Reserve PUP during roster cutdowns.

* The Patriots will receive a $235,294 credit on their cap once Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension begins on September 3rd. That savings is somewhat offset by paying another player (mostly at the rookie salary of $450,000) for four weeks ($105,882). Therefore, the net savings from the Brady’s suspension is $129,412.

* Per the CBA Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract can not be changed until after the end of the 2016 season.

* Disclaimer – I was dead wrong about Scott Chandler’s impact so my credibility on evaluating the Patriots tight ends is understandably suspect:) That said, I do not imagine that the Patriots traded a 4th round pick for Bennett and then pay him $5.185 million for him to be a role player on the Patriots this year.

* It will be interesting to learn when Olympian Nate Ebner will be required to report to the Patriots. The rugby gold medal game takes place on August 11th – a month before the Week 1 game. The closing ceremony takes place on August 21st.

* I would Like to thank Hayden Bird for his very complimentary profile of me on Boston.Com

* I plan to attend the July 30th training camp practice. I hope to see you there.

* 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.

* If you know someone who works for Twitter, I could use your help. Had to replace my smartphone which has stored my Twitter password. Even though I have done everything mentioned on Twitter’s support page I have been unable to change my password since July 9th. My twitter handle is @patscap.

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 July 24th have raised $541. Please mention this website by typing in Patscap’s Drive for Five in the Purpose Field.




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Patscap’s 53-man roster projection for the Patriots

I am going to blog about why the Patriots should/will be in great cap shape for the 2017 season when I realized that the best way to illustrate some of my key points was to use a 2016 53-man roster projection.

Bolded players are my roster locks. Please note that I am very conservative when it comes to categorizing a player as a roster lock.

Quarterbacks (3):

Tom Brady – signed through the 2019 season – $14M.
Jimmy Garoppolo – signed through the 2017 season – $950,154.
Jacoby Brissett – signed through the 2019 season – $620,151

Comment: If Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season, that would free a roster spot and the Patriots will receive a credit for four weeks salary ($235,294) and the Patriots will have to pay a player for four weeks ($105,882)

Total for the quarterbacks – $15,570,305 (9.75% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Running Backs (4):

Brandon Bolden – signed through the 2016 season – $1,272,500
Dion Lewis – signed through the 2017 season – $ 1,087,500
LeGarrette Blount – signed through the 2016 season – $ 1,025,000
James White – signed through the 2017 season – $ 699,272

Comment: Can see Donald Brown with a great preseason overtaking James White for the fourth spot.

Cuts or Trades-
Donald Brown resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $330,000.
D.J. Foster resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $26,666 and a 2017 dead money hit of $3,334.
Tyler Gaffney – no dead money.
Joey Iosefa – no dead money

Total for the running backs on 53-man active roster – $4,084,272 (2.56% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Tight end (4):

Rob Gronkowski – signed through the 2019 season – $6,618,750
Martellus Bennett – signed through the 2016 season – $5.185M
Clay Harbor – signed through the 2017 season – $1.2875M
James Develin – signed through the 2016 season – $750,000

Comment: Including Develin as a tight end since that is the position group he practices with. 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.

Cuts or Trades –
A.J. Derby resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $28,013 and a 2017 dead money hit of $56,026.
Stephen Scheu resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $15,000 and a 2017 dead money hit of $10,000.
Bryce Williams resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $833 and a 2017 dead money hit of $1,667.

Total for the tight ends – $ 13,841,250 (8.67% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Wide receiver (5):

Julian Edelman – signed through the 2017 season
Danny Amendola – signed through the 2017 season
Chris Hogan – signed through the 2018 season
Malcolm Mitchell – signed through the 2019 season
Keshawn Martin – signed through the 2017 season

Comment: KeShawn Martin after receiving a $600,000 signing bonus in January has to be considered the favorite for the 5th wide receiver spot. Can see Aaron Dobson being traded to another team during roster cutdowns. 2008 was the last year the total of wideouts and tight ends on the Patriots Week 1 roster was not 9.

Cuts or Trades –
Aaron Dobson resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $218,340
Nate Washington resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $80,000
Devin Lucien resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $21,353 and a 2017 dead money hit of $64,059
Chris Harper – no dead money
DeAndre Carter – no dead money

Total for the Wide Receivers – $ 15,158,039 (9.49% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Offensive Lineman (9):

Nate Solder – signed through the 2017 season – $10,322,666
Sebastian Vollmer – signed through the 2016 season – $5,208,334
Jonathan Cooper – signed through the 2016 season – $2,388,954
LaAdrian Waddle – signed through the 2017 season – $1,087,500
Bryan Stork – signed through the 2017 season – $719,250
Tre Jackson – signed through the 2018 season – $655,935
Joe Thuney – signed through the 2019 season – $643,357
Shaq Mason – signed through the 2018 season – $635,881
David Andrews – signed through the 2017 season – $530,000

Comment: Cooper’s salary and roster bonus are fully guaranteed.

Cuts or Trades:
Marcus Cannon – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $1,166,668
Jonathan Kline – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $250,000 and a 2017 dead money hit of $250,000
Ted Karras – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $25,089 and a 2017 dead money hit of $75,267
Chris Barker – no dead money
Cameron Fleming – no dead money
Keavon Milton – no dead money

Total for the Offensive Linemen – $15,158,039 (9.49% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Defensive Ends (6):

Jabaal Sheard – signed through the 2016 season – $6,812,500
Rob Ninkovich – signed through the 2016 season – $4,750,000
Chris Long – signed through the 2016 season – $2,375,000
Shea McClellin – signed through the 2018 season – $2,233,333
Geneo Grissom – signed through the 2018 season – $680,487
Trey Flowers – signed through the 2018 season – $664,733

Comment: Including McClellin as a defensive end since that is the position group he practiced with during OTAs. Chris Long will earn a $250,000 roster bonus if he is on the 53-man roster once under his current contract.

Total for the Defensive Ends – $17,516,053 (10.97% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Defensive Tackles (4):

Alan Branch – signed through the 2016 season – $2,750,000
Terrance Knighton – signed through the 2016 season – $2,018,750
Malcom Brown – signed through the 2018 season with an option for the 2019 season – $1,730,280
Vincent Valentine – signed through the 2019 season – $611,355

Comment: If Frank Kearse is released before training camp, his dead money will drop by $30,000 as the Patriots will have avoided paying him his $30,000 reporting bonus.

Cuts or Trades:
Markus Kuhn – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $140,000
Frank Kearse – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $60,000
Woodrow Hamilton – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $5,833 and a 2017 dead money hit of $1,667
Joe Vellano – no dead money
Anthony Johnson – no dead money

Total for the Defensive Tackles – $7,110,385 (4.45% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

LineBackers (3):

Dont’a Hightower – signed through the 2016 season – $7,751,000
Jonathan Freeny – signed through the 2016 season – $1,737,500
Jamie Collins – signed through the 2016 season – $1,196,683

Comment: If Ramon Humber is released before training camp, his dead money will drop by $25,000 as the Patriots will have avoided paying him his $25,000 reporting bonus.

Cuts or Trades:
Ramon Humber – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $50,000
Elandon Roberts – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $25,089 and a 2017 dead money hit of $75,267
Kamu Grugier-Hill – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $25,089 and a 2017 dead money hit of $75,267
C.J. Johnson – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $10,000 and a 2017 dead money hit of $10,000
Kevin Snyder – no dead money
Rufus Johnson – no dead money

Total for the Linebackers – $10,685,183 (4.45% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Cornerbacks (5):

Logan Ryan – signed through the 2016 season – $1,811,813
Cyrus Jones – signed through the 2019 season – $728,491
Jonathan Jones – signed through the 2018 season – $453,333
Malcolm Butler – signed through the 2016 season – $600,000
Justin Coleman – signed through the 2016 season – $525,000

Comment: If E.J. Biggers is released before training camp, his dead money will drop by $25,000 as the Patriots will have avoided paying him his $25,000 reporting bonus.

Cuts or Trades:
E.J. Biggers – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $50,000
V’Angelo Bentley – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $10,833 and a 2017 dead money of $6,667
Cre’von LeBlanc – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $10,833 and a 2017 dead money hit of $6,667
Darryl Roberts – resulting in a 2016 dead money hit of $13,556 and a 2017 dead money of $27,112
Brock Vereen – no dead money

Total for the Cornerbacks – $4,118,637 (2.58% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Safeties (4):

Devin McCourty – signed through the 2019 season – $7,937,500
Patrick Chung – signed through the 2017 season – $3,187,500
Duron Harmon – signed through the 2016 season – $ 1,804,400
Jordan Richards – signed through the 2018 season – $ 843,534

Comment: Devin’s 2016 salary is fully guaranteed.

Cuts or Trades:
Cedric Thompson – no dead money

Total for the Safeties – $13,772,934 (8.63% of the Patriots adjusted cap)

Special Teams (6):

Stephen Gostkowski – signed through the 2018 season – $4,100,000
Matthew Slater – signed through the 2016 season – $3,187,500
Ryan Allen – signed through the 2018 season – $1,700,000
Nate Ebner – signed through the 2017 season – $1,192,187
Joe Cardona – signed through the 2018 season – $587,500
Brandon King – signed through the 2017 season – $525,000

Comment: Ryan Allen’s 2016 salary is fully guaranteed.

Cuts or Trades:
Christian Yount – no dead money

Summary

Position Total Number of Players Percentage of Adjusted Cap
C $1,249,250 2 0.78%
CB $4,118,637 5 2.58%
DE 17,516,053 6 10.97%
DT 7,110,385 4 4.45%
G 4,324,127 4 2.71%
K 4,100,000 1 2.57%
LB 10,685,183 3 6.69%
LS 587,500 1 0.37%
OT 16,618,500 3 10.41%
P 1,700,000 1 1.06%
QB 15,570,305 3 9.75%
RB 4,084,272 4 2.56%
S 13,772,934 4 8.63%
ST 3,483,855 3 2.18%
TE 13,841,250 4 8.67%
WR 14,708,039 5 9.21%
Grand Total $133,470,290 53 83.61%

Dead Money

Mayo, Jerod 4,400,000
Easley, Dominique 2,899,795
Cannon, Marcus 1,166,668
Chandler, Scott 1,000,000
Lafell, Brandon 1,000,000
Brown, Donald 330,000
Kline, Josh 250,000
Dobson, Aaron 218,340
Fleming, Cameron 150,292
Kuhn, Markus 140,000
Matthew Wells 107,919
Washington, Nate 80,000
Kearse, Frank 60,000
Moore, Zach 51,100
Biggers, E.J. 50,000
Humber, Ramon 50,000
Dickson, Xzavier 39,588
Cadet, Travaris 32,500
Derby, A.J. 28,013
Grugier-Hill, Kamu 25,089
Karras, Ted 25,089
Roberts, Elandon 25,089
Lucien, Devin 21,353
Scheu, Stephen 15,000
Roberts, Darryl 13,556
Bentley, Vangeleo 10,833
LeBlanc, Crevon 10,833
Harper, Chris 10,000
Johnson, CJ 10,000
Gilbert, Garrett 9,000
Hamilton, Woodrow 5,833
Jimmy Jean 3,334
King, Brandon 2,000
Vince Taylor 1,667
Foster, DJ 1,666
Williams, Bryce 833
Mundine, Jimmay (71,082)
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Dead Money Total = 12,174,308

53 man roster total = $133,470,290
Dead Money Total = $12,174,308
Practice Squad = $1,122,000
Michael Williams’s salary while on IR – $348,000
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$147,114,598

Patriots adjusted cap of $159,642,451
minus $147,114,598
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$12,527,853 in cap space which should be more than enough to

* Pay the players’ offseason workout bonus money. Attending a offseason workout session is worth $195 per session. There are about 75 players (rookies cannot) who can earn offseason workout session money in 2016. The Patriots usually have around 32 sessions. $195 * 75 * 32 = $468,000.

* Have a cushion for the NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses that could be earned by Sheard, Bolden, Freeny, Lewis, Blount, Edelman, Vollmer, Solder, Gronkowski, McCourty, Long, McClellin, Martin, Waddle, Knighton, Harbor, Ebner, and Chung. If all seventeen players play in all sixteen games in 2016, the Patriots will then lose $1,720,313
1,924,063 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 (1.25 million) which consist of Vollmer’s playing-time incentive ($750,000) and Edelman’s receptions incentives ($500,000).

* Have a cushion to replace injured players during preseason and regular season – $4 to $6 million. Under the new CBA the Patriots have placed the following amounts of players on Injured Reserve, PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) or NFI (Non Football Injury)

2011 – 12
2012 – 11
2013 – 13
2014 – 10
2015 – 20

Before the 2015 season started the Patriots placed 8 players on IR and 2 players on PUP. Their cap numbers totaled close to $4.7 million.

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

* Sign Jamie Collins to an extension. A deal that is significantly better than Lavonte David would take up over $5.3 million in cap space
Jamie Collins' 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.

After these roster cuts the Patriots 2017 roster would look like:

Brady, Tom 14,000,000
Solder, Nate 11,197,668
McCourty, Devin 10,000,000
Amendola, Danny 7,916,668
Gronkowski, Rob 7,000,000
Edelman, Julian 5,250,000
Gostkowski, Stephen 4,500,000
Chung, Patrick 4,500,000
McClellin, Shea 3,333,333
Hogan, Chris 3,000,000
Brown, Malcom 2,076,336
Allen, Ryan 1,900,000
Stork, Bryan 1,874,250
Harbor, Clay 1,700,000
Martin, Keshawn 1,625,000
Lewis, Dion 1,600,000
Waddle, LaAdrian 1,300,000
Ebner, Nate 1,200,000
Garoppolo, Jimmy 1,108,513
Richards, Jordan 1,012,241
Jones, Cyrus 910,614
White, James 789,272
Brissett, Jacoby 775,189
Grissom, Geneo 770,487
Thuney, Joe 768,357
Flowers, Trey 754,733
Jackson, Tre’ 745,935
Mason, Shaq 725,881
Valentine, Vincent 716,355
Mitchell, Malcolm 684,498
Cardona, Joe 685,000
Andrews, David 620,000
Jones, Jonathan 543,333
Foster, DJ 541,666
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34 players = $96,125,329

Dead Money
Player Amount
Kline, Josh 250,000
Grugier-Hill, Kamu 75,267
Karras, Ted 75,267
Roberts, Elandon 75,267
Lucien, Devin 64,059
Derby, A.J. 56,026
Roberts, Darryl 27,112
Johnson, CJ 10,000
Scheu, Stephen 10,000
Bentley, Vangeleo 6,667
LeBlanc, Crevon 6,667
Foster, DJ 3,334
Hamilton, Woodrow 1,667
Williams, Bryce 1,667
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$663,000

2017 total cap commitment of $96,788,329 ($96,125,329 + $663,000).

If the League Cap continues to grow at a 8% percent rate, the 2017 League Cap will be $168,000,000.
A team’s adjusted cap number is the total of
Projected 2017 League Cap = $168,000,000
Projected 2016 Rollover = $6,000,000
Projected Adjustments = $3,700,000
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Projected Patriots Adjusted Cap = $177,700,000

A team’s cap space is the difference between its cap commitment and its adjusted cap number.
Projected Adjusted Cap Number – $177,700,000
Cap Commitment – $96,788,329
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$80,911,671
which should be more than enough to sign a great number of these prospective free agents

Hightower, Dont’a
Sheard, Jabaal
Vollmer, Sebastian
Bennett, Martellus
Ninkovich, Rob
Branch, Alan
Cooper, Jonathan
Long, Chris
Knighton, Terrance
Ryan, Logan
Harmon, Duron
Slater, Matthew
Freeny, Jonathan
Bolden, Brandon
Collins, Jamie
Blount, LaGarrette
Develin, James
Butler, Malcolm
Coleman, Justin
King, Brandon

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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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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 serves over 400 low-income and homeless families per month. 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. Their address is

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