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Tracking the New England Patriots incentives after the Week 12 Jets game

A team’s adjusted cap consists of three numbers
1.) League Cap Number
2.) Prior Year Carryover
3.) LTBE/NLTBE adjustment

In 2016 the Patriots received a credit of $3,586,169 toward their 2016 adjusted cap number because of the LTBE/NTLBE calculation.
The 2016 Patriots adjusted cap of $160,204,051 consists of $155,270,000 (League Cap) + $1,347,882 (rollover amount from 2015 season) + $3,586,169 (LTBE/NTLE adjustment).

I will track the Patriots incentives as an attempt to more accurately project the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number.

Background:
LTBE incentives count against the team’s salary cap in the year that they are scheduled to be earned. All but 1 (46-man active roster) NLTBE bonuses do not.
LTBE = Likely to Be Earned
NLTBE= Not Likely to be Earned

As far as I know, all of the Patriots incentives have to be earned during the regular season.

At the end of the season, the NFL calculates how much each team had set aside for LTBEs that weren’t earned – or said differently, it figures out how much was charged to the team’s cap that was not actually spent. Similarly, the NFL calculates the amount of incentives designated NLTBE that were actually earned. If the unearned LTBEs are greater than the earned NLTBEs, then the following year’s salary cap for that team is increased by the net amount. Similarly, if the earned NLTBEs exceed the unearned LTBEs, then the team’s cap for the following year is lowered by that amount. You can see an example of the effect of cap adjustments at NFLPlayers.Com. The teams with negative cap adjustments had most likely earned more NLTBE incentives in 2014 than they did not earn LTBE incentives.

LTBE Incentives ($1,037,500 total)

* Matthew Slater has a $100,000 Pro Bowl incentive – Unlikely
* Alan Branch’s weight bonus – $400,000 – Probable
* Marcus Cannon’s weight bonus – $100,000 – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing-time incentive – $100,000 – Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount rushing for 700 yards – $50,000 – Earned – After 11 games Blount already has 869 yards.
* Joe Cardona’s 53-man active roster bonus – $37,500 – Earned
* Chris Long’s 53-man active roster bonus – $250,000 – Earned

46-man per-game roster bonuses

As of November 28, 2016, 5:30 PM, the Patriots have $6,507,813 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2016 cap

* Sebastian Vollmer has a $62,500 per game roster bonus. Vollmer was active for 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $875,000 ($62,500*14). Vollmer was active for 0 games this year before placing on Reserve PUP for the entire year on November 22nd.
* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 per active game roster bonus. Sheard was active for 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $812,500 ($62,500*16). Sheard has been active for 10 games this year.
* Chris Hogan has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Hogan was active for 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $500,000 ($31,250*16). Hogan has been active for 10 games this year.
* Rob Gronkowski has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Gronk was active for 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $468,750 ($31,250*15). Gronk has been active for 9 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. McCourty was active for 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $437,500 ($31,250*14). McCourty has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 per game roster bonus. Edelman was active for 9 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $421,875 ($46,875*14). Edelman has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Alan Branch has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. Branch was active for 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $400,000 ($25,000*16). Branch has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Chris Long had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Long was active for 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $375,000 ($31,250*12). Chris Long has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. McClellin was active for 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $300,000 ($25,000*12). McClellin has been active for 9 games this year.
* Danny Amendola has a $25,000 per game roster bonus that is limited to 10 games. Amendola played in 14 games in 2014 so his LTBE amount is $250,000 ($25,000*10). Amendola has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Ryan Allen has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Allen was active for 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Allen has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Stephen Gostkowski has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Gostkowski was active for 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Gostkowski has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 per game roster bonus. Cannon was active for 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($15,625*12). Cannon has been active for 10 games this year.
* Brandon Bolden has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Bolden was active for 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Bolden has been active for 9 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Chung was active for 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Chung has been active for all 11 games this year
* Jonathan Freeny has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Freeny was active for 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $162,500 ($12,500*13). Freeny was active for 5 games before being placed on IR on October 15th.
* LaAdrian Waddle has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Waddle was active for 11 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $137,500 ($12,500*11). Waddle has been active for 3 games this year.
* Nate Solder had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Solder was active for 4 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $125,000 ($31,250*4). Solder has been active for 10 games this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 per game roster bonus. Ebner was active for 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $117,188 ($7,812*15). Ebner has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Dion Lewis has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Lewis was active for 7 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $87,500 ($12,500*7). Lewis has been active for 2 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 per game roster bonus. Blount was active for 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $75,000 ($6,250*12). Blount has been active for all 11 games this year.

NLTBE Incentives ($9,376,562)

* Sebastian Vollmer has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive –Impossible
* LeGarrrette Blount has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Probable
* Ryan Allen has a 50K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* Nate Solder has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive –Possible
* Nate Ebner has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* Shea McClellin has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 750 rushing yards – Earned. After 11 games Blount has 869 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 800 rushing yards – Earned. After 11 games Blount has 869 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 850 rushing yards – Earned. After 11 games Blount has 869 yards rushing.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 900 rushing yards – Probable. With 869 yards rushing after 11 games Blount is on pace to rush for 1,264 yards. Must average at least 6.2 rushing yards over the remaining 5 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 950 rushing yards – Probable. With 869 yards rushing after 11 games Blount is on pace to rush for 1,264 yards. Must average at least 16.2 rushing yards over the remaining 5 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,000 rushing yards – Probable. With 869 yards rushing after 11 games Blount is on pace to rush for 1,264 yards. Must average at least 26.2 rushing yards over the remaining 5 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,050 rushing yards – Probable. With 869 yards rushing after 11 games Blount is on pace to rush for 1,264 yards. Must average at least 36.2 rushing yards over the remaining 5 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,100 rushing yards – Probable. With 869 yards rushing after 11 games Blount is on pace to rush for 1,264 yards. Must average at least 46.2 rushing yards over the remaining 5 games to earn this incentive.
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in any this season since he will remain on Reserve PUP for the rest of the season – Impossible
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in any this season since he will remain on Reserve PUP for the rest of the season – Impossible
* Marcus Cannon’s playing time incentive – $250,000 if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Cannon has placed in 89% of the offensive snaps this year. – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing time incentive – $200,000 if he plays in 40% of the offensive snaps. Waddle has placed in 7% of the offensive snaps this year. – Impossible
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing time incentive – $400,000 if he plays in 60% of the offensive snaps. Waddle has placed in 7% of the offensive snaps this year. – Impossible
* Dion Lewis’s playing time incentive – $200,000 if he plays in 40% of the offensive snaps. Lewis has played 3% of the offensive snaps this year – Impossible
* Dion Lewis’s playing time incentive – $300,000 if he plays in 50% of the offensive snaps. Lewis has played 3% of the offensive snaps this year – Impossible
* Dion Lewis’s playing time incentive – $400,000 if he plays in 60% of the offensive snaps. Lewis has played 3% of the offensive snaps this year – Impossible
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Alan Branch’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Alan Branch’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Chris Long’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Long has played in 68% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Chris Long’s 65% playing time incentive – $250,000. Long has played in 68% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable
* Shea McClellin’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 30% of the defensive snaps this year – Impossible.
* Shea McClellin’s 70% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 30% of the defensive snaps this year – Impossible.
* Julian Edelman’s $500,000 incentive that can be earned in one of the following four ways:
1.) 1,057 receiving yards
2.) 70 receptions plus seven TDs
3.) 80 receptions plus 13 wins
4.) 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance
Edelman has 64 catches for 617 yards and two TDs. Edelman is on pace for 93 receptions, 897 yards, and 3 TDs. Pats are on pace for 13 wins and to get to the Super Bowl. – Probable

Per 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” so as the below players play in more games in 2016 than they did in 2015 the Patriots will lose cap space in the amount of the 46-man active roster bonus. Example – Alan Branch played in 8 games in 2014. He played in 16 games in 2015. The Patriots lost $200,000 ($25,000 * 8) in cap space during the 2015 season.

* Nate Solder has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Solder was active in 4 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $343,750 ($31,250*11). Solder has been active for 10 games this year so the Patriots have lost a total of $187,500 in cap space so far this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 46-man active per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 9 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $328,120 ($46,875*7). Edelman has been active for all 11 games this year so the Patriots have lost a total of $93,750 in cap space so far this year.
* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Sheard played in 13 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $187,500 ($62,500*3). Sheard has been active for 10 games this year.
* Chris Long has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Long played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $125,000 ($31,250*4). Long has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. McClellin played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $100,000 ($25,000*4). McClellin has been active for 9 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). McCourty has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 46-man active per game roster bonus. Cannon played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($15,625*4). Cannon has been active for 10 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Blount played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $25,000 ($6,250*4). Blount has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). Chung has been active for all 11 games this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 46-man active per game roster bonus. Ebner played in 15 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $7,812 ($7,812*1). Ebner has been active for all 11 games this year.

Amount - Event - Likelihood
  $250,000 - Vollmer making the Pro Bowl                                    - Impossible
  $500,000 - Solder making the Pro Bowl                                     - Possible
  $250,000 - Blount making the Pro Bowl                                     - Probable
   $50,000 - Allen making the Pro Bowl                                      - Unlikely
  $250,000 - McClellin making the Pro Bowl                                  - Impossible
  $500,000 - Ebner making the Pro Bowl                                      - Unlikely
  $750,000 - Vollmer exceeding 80% playing time                             - Impossible
$1,000,000 - Vollmer exceeding 90% playing time                             - Impossible
  $200,000 - Lewis exceeding 40% playing time                               - Impossible
  $300,000 - Lewis exceeding 50% playing time                               - Impossible
  $400,000 - Lewis exceeding 60% playing time                               - Impossible
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 50% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 55% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 60% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Cannon exceeding 80% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 55% playing time                                - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 65% playing time                                - Probable
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 60% playing time                           - Impossible
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 65% playing time                           - Impossible
  $200,000 - Waddle exceeding 40% playing time                              - Impossible
  $400,000 - Waddle exceeding 60% playing time                              - Impossible
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing                             - Earned
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing                             - Earned
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing                             - Earned
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $500,000 - Edelman's receptions incentive                                 - Probable
  $156,250 - Solder being on the 46-man active roster for 10 games          - Earned
  $187,500 - Solder being on the 46-man active roster for the last 5 games  - Probable
   $46,875 - Edelman being on the 46-man active roster for 11 games         - Earned
  $281,250 - Edelman being on the 46-man roster for the last 5 games        - Probable
  $125,000 - Sheard being on the 46-man roster for 15 games                 - Probable
  $125,000 - Long being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                   - Probable
   $50,000 - McClellin being on the 46-man roster for 14 games              - Probable
   $62,500 - McCourty being on the 46-man roster for 16 games               - Probable
   $46,875 - Cannon being on the 46-man roster for 15 games                 - Probable
   $25,000 - Blount being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   $12,500 - Chung being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable
    $7,812 - Ebner being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable

Totals
$5,000,000 Impossible
  $550,000 Unlikely
  $200,000 Earned and will count against 2017 cap
  $500,000 Possible and will count against 2017 cap
$2,000,000 Probable and will count against 2017 cap
  $281,250 Earned and counts against 2016 cap
  $845,312 Probable and will count against 2016 cap
$9,376,562 NLTBE incentive

As far as I know, the Patriots will not be credited with any unreached LTBE incentives (Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus) in 2016. What will happened is that any unreached LTBE incentives will be used to offset NLTBE incentives that were actually earned by other players at the end of the year and there will be an adjustment made to the Patriots 2017 cap number.

After the Week 12 Jets Game

Negative means that the player will reach or has reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player will not earn a LTBE incentive

Unearned LTBE Incentives ($1,218,750 total)

* Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus ($875,000)
* LaAdrain Waddle’s playing-time ($100,000)
* Jonathan Freeny’s 46-man active roster bonus ($100,000)
* Rob Gronkowski’s 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500)
* Chris Hogan’s 46-man active roster bonus ($31,250)
* LaAdrian Waddle’s 46-man active roster bonus ($37,500)
* Brandon Bolden’s 46-man active roster bonus ($12,500)

Earned NLTBE Incentives ($3,450,000 total)

* Julian Edelman’s receptions (-$500,000)
* Nate Solder being selected to the Pro Bowl (-$500,000)
* LeGarrette Blount being selected to the Pro Bowl (-$250,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 950 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Alan Branch’s 55% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Alan Branch’s 60% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Chris Long’s 55% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Chris Long’s 65% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Marcus Cannon’s 80% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)

* Totals (-$2,231,250)

The $2,231,250 LTBE/NLTBE negative adjustment will be included in the Patriots 2017 adjusted salary cap number calculation as a debit. If 2017 League Cap is $168 million, the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number would then be $165,768,750 before including the 2016 rollover amount. I currently project that the 2016 rollover amount will be $8,500,000. So my current projection for the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number is $174,883,750 (League Cap of $168 million plus $8,500,000 rollover minus $2,275,000 adjustment plus $600,000 credit for Dominique Easley, $10,000 credit for Steven Scheu and a $5,000 credit for Woodrow Hamilton). Please note that the Patriots may receive a $3.25 million credit if Aaron Hernandez is convicted in his double-murder case. Please also note that the Patriots may have to pay back up to $4.5 million in borrowed cap space.

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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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Tracking the 2016 New England Patriots incentives after the Bengals game

A team’s adjusted cap consists of three numbers
1.) League Cap Number
2.) Prior Year Carryover
3.) LTBE/NLTBE adjustment

In 2016 the Patriots received a credit of $3,586,169 toward their 2016 adjusted cap number because of the LTBE/NTLBE calculation.
The 2016 Patriots adjusted cap of $160,204,051 consists of $155,270,000 (League Cap) + $1,347,882 (rollover amount from 2015 season) + $3,586,169 (LTBE/NTLE adjustment).

I will track the Patriots incentives as an attempt to more accurately project the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number.

Background:
LTBE incentives count against the team’s salary cap in the year that they are scheduled to be earned. All but 1 (46-man active roster) NLTBE bonuses do not.
LTBE = Likely to Be Earned
NLTBE= Not Likely to be Earned

At the end of the season, the NFL calculates how much each team had set aside for LTBEs that weren’t earned – or said differently, it figures out how much was charged to the team’s cap that was not actually spent. Similarly, the NFL calculates the amount of incentives designated NLTBE that were actually earned. If the unearned LTBEs are greater than the earned NLTBEs, then the following year’s salary cap for that team is increased by the net amount. Similarly, if the earned NLTBEs exceed the unearned LTBEs, then the team’s cap for the following year is lowered by that amount. You can see an example of the effect of cap adjustments at NFLPlayers.Com. The teams with negative cap adjustments had most likely earned more NLTBE incentives in 2014 than they did not earn LTBE incentives.

LTBE Incentives ($1,0370,500 total)

* Matthew Slater has a $100,000 Pro Bowl incentive – Probable
* Alan Branch’s weight bonus – $400,000 – Probable
* Marcus Cannon’s weight bonus – $100,000 – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing-time incentive – $100,000 – Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount rushing for 700 yards – $50,000 – Probable – Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* Joe Cardona’s 53-man active roster bonus – $37,500 – Earned
* Chris Long’s 53-man active roster bonus – $250,000 – Earned

46-man per-game roster bonuses

As of October 17, 2016, 7:15 PM, the Patriots have $6,439,063 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2016 cap

* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 per active game roster bonus. Sheard played in 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $812,500 ($62,500*16). Sheard has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Sebastian Vollmer has a $62,500 per game roster bonus. Vollmer played in 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $875,000 ($62,500*14). Vollmer has been active for 0 games this year.
* Dion Lewis has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Lewis played in 7 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $87,500 ($12,500*7). Lewis has been active for 0 games this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 9 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $421,875 ($46,875*14). Edelman has been active for 5 games this year.
* Rob Ninkovich has a $33,333 per game roster bonus. Ninkovich played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $400,000 ($33,333*12). Ninkovich has been active for 2 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $437,500 ($31,250*14). McCourty has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Chris Hogan has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Hogan played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $500,000 ($31,250*16). Hogan has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Nate Solder had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Solder played in 4 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $125,000 ($31,250*4). Solder has been active for 5 games this year.
* Chris Long had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Long played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $375,000 ($31,250*12). Chris Long has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Danny Amendola has a $25,000 per game roster bonus that is limited to 10 games. Amendola played in 14 games in 2014 so his LTBE amount is $250,000 ($25,000*10). Amendola has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. McClellin was active for 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $300,000 ($25,000*12). McClellin has been active for 4 games this year.
* Alan Branch has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. Branch played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $400,000 ($25,000*16). Branch has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 per game roster bonus. Cannon played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($15,625*12). Cannon has been active for 5 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Chung played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Chung has been active for all 6 games this year
* Jonathan Freeny has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Freeny played in 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $162,500 ($12,500*13). Freeny was active for 5 games before being placed on IR on October 15th.
* Stephen Gostkowski has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Gostkowski played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Gostkowski has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Brandon Bolden has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Bolden played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Bolden has been active for 4 games this year.
* Ryan Allen has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Allen played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Allen has been active for all 6 games this year.
* LaAdrian Waddle has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Waddle played in 11 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $137,500 ($12,500*11). Waddle has been active for 3 games this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 per game roster bonus. Ebner played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $117,188 ($7,812*15). Ebner has been active for all 6 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 per game roster bonus. Blount played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $75,000 ($6,250*12). Blount has been active for all 6 games this year.

NLTBE Incentives ($8,401,562 total)

* Sebastian Vollmer has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* Ryan Allen has a 50K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Possible
* Nate Solder has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Possible
* Nate Ebner has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Unlikely
* Shea McClellin has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 750 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 31.1 rushing yards over 11 remaining games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 800 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 36.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 850 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 41.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 900 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 46.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 950 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 51.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,000 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 56.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,050 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 61.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,100 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,170 yards. Must average at least 66.1 rushing yards over the remaining 11 games to earn this incentive.
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in at least 6 games this season- Impossible
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 million if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in at least 6 games this season – Impossible
* Marcus Cannon’s playing time incentive – $250,000 if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Cannon has placed in 81% of the offensive snaps this year. – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing time incentive – $600,000. Waddle has placed in 1% of the offensive snaps this year. – Unlikely
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Alan Branch’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Alan Branch’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 61% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Chris Long’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Long has played in 71% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Chris Long’s 65% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 71% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable
* Shea McClellin’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 28% of the defensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Shea McClellin’s 70% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 28% of the defensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Julian Edelman’s $500,000 incentive that can be earned in one of the following four ways:
1.) 1,057 receiving yards
2.) 70 receptions plus seven TDs
3.) 80 receptions plus 13 wins
4.) 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance
Edelman has 28 catches for 261 yards and no TDs. Edelman is on pace for 75 receptions, 696 yards, and 0 TDs. Pats are on pace for 13 wins and to get to the Super Bowl. – Probable

Per 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” so as the below players play in more games in 2016 than they did in 2015 the Patriots will lose cap space in the amount of the 46-man active roster bonus. Example – Alan Branch played in 8 games in 2014. He played in 16 games in 2015. The Patriots lost $200,000 ($25,000 * 8) in cap space during the 2015 season.

* Nate Solder has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Solder was active in 4 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $343,750 ($31,250*11). Solder has been active for 5 games this year.
* Dion Lewis has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Lewis was active in 7 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $25,000 ($12,500*2). Lewis has not been active for a game this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 46-man active per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 9 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $328,120 ($46,875*7). Edelman has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Sheard played in 13 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $187,500 ($62,500*3). Sheard has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Chris Long has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Long played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $125,000 ($31,250*4). Long has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. McClellin played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $100,000 ($25,000*4). McClellin has been active for 4 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). McCourty has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 46-man active per game roster bonus. Cannon played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($15,625*4). Cannon has been active for 5 games this year.
* LaAdrain Waddle has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Waddle played in 11 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $25,000 ($12,500*2). Waddle has been active for 3 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Blount played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $25,000 ($6,250*4). Blount has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). Chung has been active for all 6 games this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 46-man active per game roster bonus. Ebner played in 15 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $7,812 ($7,812*1). Ebner has been active for all 6 games this year.

Amount - Event - Likelihood
  $250,000 - Vollmer making the Pro Bowl                                    - Impossible
  $500,000 - Solder making the Pro Bowl                                     - Possible
   $50,000 - Allen making the Pro Bowl                                      - Possible
  $250,000 - McClellin making the Pro Bowl                                  - Impossible
  $500,000 - Ebner making the Pro Bowl                                      - Unlikely
  $750,000 - Vollmer exceeding 80% playing time                             - Impossible
$1,000,000 - Vollmer exceeding 90% playing time                             - Impossible
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 50% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 55% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 60% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Cannon exceeding 80% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 55% playing time                                - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 65% playing time                                - Probable
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 60% playing time                           - Unlikely
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 65% playing time                           - Unlikely
  $600,000 - Waddle's playing-time incentive                                - Unlikely
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing                             - Probable
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $500,000 - Edelman's receptions incentive                                 - Probable
  $343,750 - Solder being on the 46-man active roster for 5 games           - Earned
  $312,500 - Solder being on the 46-man active roster for the last 11 games - Probable
  $328,125 - Edelman being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                - Probable
  $187,500 - Sheard being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
  $125,000 - Long being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                   - Probable
   $50,000 - McClellin being on the 46-man roster for 14 games              - Probable
   $62,500 - McCourty being on the 46-man roster for 16 games               - Probable
   $46,875 - Cannon being on the 46-man roster for 15 games                 - Probable
   $25,000 - Waddle being on the 46-man roster for 13 games                 - Probable
   $25,000 - Lewis being on the 46-man roster for 9 games                   - Probable
   $25,000 - Blount being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   12,500  - Chung being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable
    $7,812 - Ebner being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable

Totals
$2,250,000 Impossible
$1,600,000 Unlikely
  $550,000 Possible and will count against 2017 cap
$2,700,000 Probable and will count against 2017 cap
   $31,250 Earned and counts against 2016 cap
$1,207,812 Probable and will count against 2016 cap
$8,339,062 NLTBE incentive

As far as I know, the Patriots will not be credited with any unreached LTBE incentives (Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus) in 2016. What will happened is that any unreached LTBE incentives will be used to offset NLTBE incentives that were actually earned by other players at the end of the year and there will be an adjustment made to the Patriots 2017 cap number.

After the Bengals Game

Negative means that the player will reach or has reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player will not earn a LTBE incentive

* LaAdrain Waddle’s playing-time ($100,000)
* Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus ($875,000)
* Jonathan Freeny’s 46-man active roster bonus ($100,000)
* Brandon Bolden’s 46-man active roster bonus ($12,500)

* Julian Edelman’s receptions (-$500,000)
* Nate Solder being selected to the Pro Bowl (-$500,000)
* Ryan Allen being selected to the Pro Bowl (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 950 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Alan Branch’s 55% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Alan Branch’s 60% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Chris Long’s 55% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Chris Long’s 65% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Marcus Cannon’s 80% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)

* Totals (-$2,162,500)

The $2,162,500 LTBE/NLTBE adjustment will be included in the Patriots 2017 adjusted salary cap number calculation as a debit. If 2017 League Cap is $168 million, the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number would then be $165,837,500 before including the 2016 rollover amount. I currently project that the 2016 rollover amount will be $8,000,000. So my current projection for the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number is $174,437,500 (League Cap of $168 million plus $8,000,000 rollover minus $1,925,000 adjustment plus $600,000 credit for Dominique Easley).

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A call for a donation

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

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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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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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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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Tracking 2016 New England Patriots Incentives after the Week 3 Texans game

A team’s adjusted cap consists of three numbers
1.) League Cap Number
2.) Prior Year Carryover
3.) LTBE/NLTBE adjustment

In 2016 the Patriots received a credit of $3,586,169 toward their 2016 adjusted cap number because of the LTBE/NTLBE calculation.
The 2016 Patriots adjusted cap of $160,204,051 consists of $155,270,000 (League Cap) + $1,347,882 (rollover amount from 2015 season) + $3,586,169 (LTBE/NTLE adjustment).

I will track the Patriots incentives as an attempt to more accurately project the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number.

Background:
LTBE incentives count against the team’s salary cap in the year that they are scheduled to be earned. All but 1 (46-man active roster) NLTBE bonuses do not.
LTBE = Likely to Be Earned
NLTBE= Not Likely to be Earned

At the end of the season, the NFL calculates how much each team had set aside for LTBEs that weren’t earned – or said differently, it figures out how much was charged to the team’s cap that was not actually spent. Similarly, the NFL calculates the amount of incentives designated NLTBE that were actually earned. If the unearned LTBEs are greater than the earned NLTBEs, then the following year’s salary cap for that team is increased by the net amount. Similarly, if the earned NLTBEs exceed the unearned LTBEs, then the team’s cap for the following year is lowered by that amount. You can see an example of the effect of cap adjustments at NFLPlayers.Com. The teams with negative cap adjustments had most likely earned more NLTBE incentives in 2014 than they did not earn LTBE incentives.

LTBE Incentives ($1,0370,500 total)

* Matthew Slater has a $100,000 Pro Bowl incentive – Probable
* Alan Branch’s weight bonus – $400,000 – Probable
* Marcus Cannon’s weight bonus – $100,000 – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing-time incentive – $100,000 – Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount rushing for 700 yards – $50,000 – Probable – Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* Joe Cardona’s 53-man active roster bonus – $37,500 – Earned
* Chris Long’s 53-man active roster bonus – $250,000 – Earned

46-man per-game roster bonuses

As of September 30, 2016, 9:15 AM, the Patriots have $6,539,063 in 46-man active roster bonuses that are now counting against their 2016 cap

* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 per active game roster bonus. Sheard played in 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $812,500 ($62,500*16). Sheard has been active for 3 games this year.
* Sebastian Vollmer has a $62,500 per game roster bonus. Vollmer played in 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $875,000 ($62,500*14). Vollmer has been active for 0 games this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 9 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $421,875 ($46,875*14). Edelman has been active for 3 games this year.
* Rob Ninkovich has a $33,333 per game roster bonus. Ninkovich played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $400,000 ($33,333*12). Ninkovich has been active for 0 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $437,500 ($31,250*14). McCourty has been active for 3 games this year.
* Chris Hogan has a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Hogan played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $500,000 ($31,250*16). Hogan has been active for 3 games this year.
* Nate Solder had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Solder played in 4 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $125,000 ($31,250*4). Solder has been active for 2 games this year.
* Chris Long had a $31,250 per game roster bonus. Long played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $375,000 ($31,250*12). Chris Long has been active for 3 games this year.
* Danny Amendola has a $25,000 per game roster bonus that is limited to 10 games. Amendola played in 14 games in 2014 so his LTBE amount is $250,000 ($25,000*10). Amendola has been active for 3 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. McClellin played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $300,000 ($25,000*12). McClellin has been active for 3 games this year.
* Alan Branch has a $25,000 per game roster bonus. Branch played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $400,000 ($25,000*16). Branch has been active for all 3 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 per game roster bonus. Cannon played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($15,625*12). Cannon has been active for 3 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Chung played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Chung has been active for 3 games this year
* Jonathan Freeny has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Freeny played in 13 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $162,500 ($12,500*13). Freeny has been active for 3 games this year
* Stephen Gostkowski has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Gostkowski played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Gostkowski has been active for all 3 games this year.
* Brandon Bolden has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Bolden played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Bolden has been active for 3 games this year.
* Ryan Allen has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Allen played in 16 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $200,000 ($12,500*16). Allen has been active for all 3 games this year.
* Clay Harbor has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Harbor played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $187,500 ($12,500*15). Harbor has been active for 2 games this year.
* LaAdrian Waddle has a $12,500 per game roster bonus. Waddle played in 11 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount is $137,500 ($12,500*11). Waddle has been active for 1 game this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 per game roster bonus. Ebner played in 15 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $117,188 ($7,812*15). Ebner has been active for 3 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 per game roster bonus. Blount played in 12 games in 2015 so his LTBE amount was $75,000 ($6,250*12). Blount has been active for 3 games this year.

NLTBE Incentives ($8,954,687 total)

* Sebastian Vollmer has a 250K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* Ryan Allen has a 50K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Possible
* Nate Solder has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Possible
* Nate Ebner has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Unlikely
* Shea McClellin has a 500K NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive – Very Unlikely
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 750 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $50,000 incentive tied to 800 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 850 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 900 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 950 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,000 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,050 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $100,000 incentive tied to 1,100 rushing yards – Probable. Blount is on pace to rush for 1,589 yards.
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 million if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in at least 6 games this season- Impossible
* Sebastian Vollmer’s playing time incentive – $750,000 million if he plays in 90% of the offensive snaps. Vollmer has played 0% of the offensive snaps this year and will not play in at least 6 games this season – Impossible
* Marcus Cannon’s playing time incentive – $250,000 if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Cannon has placed in 100% of the offensive snaps this year. – Probable
* LaAdrian Waddle’s playing time incentive – $600,000 if he plays in 80% of the offensive snaps. Waddle has placed in 0% of the offensive snaps this year. – Unlikely
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 53% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Alan Branch’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 53% of the defensive snaps this year – Possible.
* Alan Branch’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 53% of the defensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Chris Long’s 55% playing time incentive – $250,000. Long has played in 71% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable.
* Chris Long’s 65% playing time incentive – $250,000. Branch has played in 71% of the defensive snaps this year – Probable
* Shea McClellin’s 60% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 44% of the defensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Shea McClellin’s 70% playing time incentive – $250,000. McClellin has played in 44% of the defensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Clay Harbor’s playing time incentive – $500,000. Harbor played in 29% of the offensive snaps in 2015. Played in 11% of the offensive snaps this year – Unlikely.
* Julian Edelman’s $500,000 incentive that can be earned in one of the following four ways:
1.) 1,057 receiving yards
2.) 70 receptions plus seven TDs
3.) 80 receptions plus 13 wins
4.) 80 receptions plus Super Bowl appearance
Edelman is on pace for 96 receptions, 960 yards, and 0 TDs. Pats are on pace for 16 wins and to get to the Super Bowl. – Probable

Per 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” so as the below players play in more games in 2016 than they did in 2015 the Patriots will lose cap space in the amount of the 46-man active roster bonus. Example – Alan Branch played in 8 games in 2014. He played in 16 games in 2015. The Patriots lost $200,000 ($25,000 * 8) in cap space during the 2015 season.

* Nate Solder has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Solder played in 4 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $343,750 ($31,250*11). Solder has been active for 2 games this year.
* Julian Edelman has a $46,875 46-man active per game roster bonus. Edelman played in 9 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $328,120 ($46,875*7). Edelman has been active for 3 games this year.
* Jabaal Sheard has a $62,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Sheard played in 13 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $187,500 ($62,500*3). Sheard has been active for 3 games this year.
* Chris Long has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Long played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $125,000 ($31,250*4). Long has been active for 3 games this year.
* Shea McClellin has a $25,000 46-man active per game roster bonus. McClellin played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $100,000 ($25,000*4). McClellin has been active for 3 games this year.
* Devin McCourty has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). McCourty has been active for 3 games this year.
* Marcus Cannon has a $15,625 46-man active per game roster bonus. Cannon played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($15,625*4). Cannon has been active for 3 games this year.
* LaAdrain Waddle has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Waddle played in 11 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $37,500 ($12,500*3). Waddle has been active for 1 game this year.
* Jonathan Freeny has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Freeny played in 13 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $37,500 ($12,500*3). Freeny has been active for 3 games this year.
* LeGarrette Blount has a $6,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. Blount played in 12 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $25,000 ($6,250*4). Blount has been active for 3 games this year.
* Patrick Chung has a $31,250 46-man active per game roster bonus. McCourty played in 14 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $62,500 ($31,250*4). McCourty has been active for 3 games this year.
* Brandon Bolden has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Bolden played in 15 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $12,500 ($12,500*1). Bolden has been active for 3 games this year.
* Clay Harbor has a $12,500 46-man active per game roster bonus. Harbor played in 15 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $12,500 ($12,500*1). Harbor has been active for 3 games this year.
* Nate Ebner has a $7,812 46-man active per game roster bonus. Ebner played in 15 games in 2015 so his NLTBE amount is $7,812 ($7,812*1). Ebner has been active for 3 games this year.

Amount - Event - Likelihood
  $250,000 - Vollmer making the Pro Bowl                                    - Impossible
  $500,000 - Solder making the Pro Bowl                                     - Possible
   $50,000 - Allen making the Pro Bowl                                      - Possible
  $250,000 - McClellin making the Pro Bowl                                  - Unlikely
  $500,000 - Ebner making the Pro Bowl                                      - Unlikely
  $750,000 - Vollmer exceeding 80% playing time                             - Impossible
$1,000,000 - Vollmer exceeding 90% playing time                             - Impossible
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 50% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 55% playing time                              - Possible
  $250,000 - Branch exceeding 60% playing time                              - Unlikely
  $250,000 - Cannon exceeding 90% playing time                              - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 55% playing time                                - Probable
  $250,000 - Long exceeding 65% playing time                                - Possible
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 60% playing time                           - Possible
  $250,000 - McClellin exceeding 65% playing time                           - Unlikely
  $500,000 - Harbor's playing-time incentive                                - Unlikely
  $600,000 - Waddle's playing-time incentive                                - Unlikely
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing                             - Probable
   $50,000 - Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing                             - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $100,000 - Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing                           - Probable
  $500,000 - Edelman's receptions incentive                                 - Probable
  $343,750 - Solder being on the 46-man active roster for 15 games          - Probable
  $328,125 - Edelman being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                - Probable
  $187,500 - Sheard being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
  $125,000 - Long being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                   - Probable
  $100,000 - McClellin being on the 46-man roster for 16 games              - Probable
   $62,500 - McCourty being on the 46-man roster for 16 games               - Probable
   $62,500 - Cannon being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   $37,500 - Waddle being on the 46-man roster for 14 games                 - Probable
   $37,500 - Freeny being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   $25,000 - Blount being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   $12,500 - Chung being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable
   $12,500 - Harbor being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                 - Probable
   $7,812  - Ebner being on the 46-man roster for 16 games                  - Probable

Totals
$2,000,000 Impossible
$2,400,000 Unlikely
$1,250,000 Possible
$1,354,687 Probable and will count against 2016 cap
$1,950,000 Probable and will count against 2017 cap
$8,954,687 NLTBE incentive

As far as I know, the Patriots will not be credited with any unreached LTBE incentives (Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus) in 2016. What will happened is that any unreached LTBE incentives will be used to offset NLTBE incentives that were actually earned by other players at the end of the year and there will be an adjustment made to the Patriots 2017 cap number.

After the Texans Game

Negative means that the player will reach or has reached a NLTBE incentive
Positive means that the player will not earn a LTBE incentive
* LaAdrain Waddle’s playing-time ($100,000)
* Sebastian Vollmer’s 46-man active roster bonus ($875,000)
* Julian Edelman’s receptions (-$500,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 750 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 800 yards rushing (-$50,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 850 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 900 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,000 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,050 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* LeGarrette Blount exceeding 1,100 yards rushing (-$100,000)
* Alan Branch’s 50% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Chris Long’s 55% playing-time incentive (-$250,000)
* Totals (-$975,000)

The $975,000 LTBE/NLTBE adjustment will be included in the Patriots 2017 adjusted salary cap number calculation as a debit. If 2017 League Cap is $168 million, the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number would then be $167,025,000 before including the 2016 rollover amount. I currently project that the 2016 rollover amount will be $8,000,000. So my current projection for the Patriots 2017 adjusted cap number is $175,625,000 (League Cap of $168 million plus $8,000,000 rollover minus $950,000 adjustment plus $600,000 credit for Dominque Easley).

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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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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.

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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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