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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.

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

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Patscap’s 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

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 serves over 400 low-income and homeless families per month. I am asking that if you have found my salary cap pages useful that if you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Bread of Life soup kitchen/food pantry. Their address is

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Patscap – 4th of July weekend thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As of June 28, I have the Patriots 2016 total cap commitments as $150,103,353. The $150,103,353 is for the 90 players on the Patriots roster and it includes the $9,636,113 dead money associated to the contracts that were terminated. The 2016 League cap has been announced to be $155,270,000. The Patriots adjusted cap number of $159,642,451 is $4,372,451 higher than the League Cap because the Patriots carried over $1,347,882 in 2015 cap space to 2016 plus had $3,024,569 in adjustments. So, as of June 28th I have the Patriots to be under their adjusted cap number by $9,539,098.

The current 9.5 million in cap space may be not enough to do all of the following items

* 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.

* Pay for players 52 and 53 – $900,000. Right now all 32 teams are operating under the Top 51 rule where only the salaries of the players with the 51 highest cap numbers count against the cap. That is, the salaries of the players with the 39th lowest cap numbers are not counting against the cap. For example, Malcolm Butler’s $600,000 salary is not currently counting against the 2017 cap. It will once the Top 51 rules expires on September 8.

* Pay for the 10-man practice squad – ($6,600 * 17 weeks * 10 players) = $1,122,000. Will round up to $1,500,000 since Patriots typically pay some practice squad players more than the minimum and the Patriots have cut practice squad players after 4PM Tuesday when the player has earned that week’s salary. To see the complete list of Patriots players who are eligible for the practice squad please review this blog post of mine.

* Have a cushion for the NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses that could be earned by Kuhn, Sheard, Bolden, Kline, Freeny, Lewis, Blount, Edelman, Vollmer, Solder, Gronkowski, McCourty, Long, McClellin, Martin, Waddle, Cannon, Knighton, Harbor, Ebner, Humber, and Chung. If all twenty-two players play in all sixteen games in 2016, the Patriots will then lose $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.

When determining the cap savings from releasing players, keep in mind the Rule of 51. When a player from the top 51 is released or traded, the base salary of the player with the 52nd-highest cap number is added to the cap. For example, if Marcus Cannon is released, his cap number would be lowered by $3,687,500 although the actual team savings would be only $3,087,500 because another player’s $600,000 base salary would be added to the team cap.

You can see all of the possible cap savings for all of the 2016 Patriots at patscap.com

Here are some possible ways that the Pats could free up cap space.

Please note that I am NOT advocating nor I am suggesting that the Patriots do all of these salary-cap maneuvers.

Please also note that there are over hundreds of ways for the Pats to create cap space. For the sake of brevity, I am choosing not to list them all since most of them are never going to happen. For example, the Patriots could create $4,212,500 in cap space by cutting Jabaal Sheard.

The bolded maneuvers are my current predictions for that particular player. Am NOT predicting that the Patriots will do all of the bolded moves, just that if they do a move with a player, that it will be the bolded one. There is no need for the Patriots to do all of the bolded moves. The players are listed in descending 2016 cap number. Please note that following some options will result in increasing the player’s cap numbers for future seasons.

This list should cover all of the names mentioned by Twitter followers for cap savings possibilities.

1.)Sign Donta’ Hightower to an extension. A deal that is significantly better than Bobby Wagner’s would create $1.251 million in cap space
Donta' Hightower's extension

2.) Release Sebastian Vollmer for a net cap savings of $2.6 million

3.) Extend Jabaal Sheard through the 2020 season for a net cap savings of 1 million.
Jabaal Sheard' extension

4.) Release Marcus Cannon for a net cap savings of $3,087,500

5.) Release Rob Ninkovich for a net cap savings of $1.475 million.

6.) Release Josh Kline for a net cap savings of $900,000.

7.) Release Jonathan Freeny for a net cap savings of $887,500

8.) Release KeShawn Martin for a net cap savings of $75,000

9.) Release Brandon Bolden for a net cap savings of $522,500

10.) Waive Aaron Dobson for a net cap savings of $347,505

Note that I was asked about the cap ramifications of releasing Nate Solder. Doing so would cause the Patriots to lose cap space since his 2016 salary is fully guaranteed.

Here are the moves that I think that will happen

Extend Hightower
Extend Sheard
Release Cannon

As you can see from above, the Pats could create close over 5 million in cap space if they chose to do all of my bolded predictions. Add the 5 million to the current number of $9.5 million and we get $14.5 million.

The $14.5 million should be more than enough to cover the remaining salary cap expenses as well as extend a couple of several key defenders like Malcolm Butler or a Jamie Collins.

The Patriots may wait to do other cap-savings moves for when they need to create cap space or during roster cutdowns.

Reminder that any unused cap space can be carried over into the 2017 season.

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Patscap thoughts – Memorial Day 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Proven Performance Escalator (PPE) – As part of the new CBA there is a proven performance escalator for draft picks chosen in Round 3 through 7. An eligible player will qualify for the Proven Performance Escalator in his fourth League Year if: (1) he participated in a minimum of 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays in any two of his previous three regular seasons; or (2) he participated in a “cumulative average” of at least 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays over his previous three regular seasons. Out of Jacoby Brissett, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, and Devin Lucien I consider Valentine to have the best chance to earn the PPE which would increase his 2019 salary by over a million dollars.

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

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

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What now gets negotiated in rookie deals?

The purpose of this blog is to not to scare Patriots fans that Jacoby Brissett will miss any training camp practice time because he has not signed his rookie deal but rather to explain what is now negotiated in rookie deals. With the new CBA draft picks are now slotted so there is very little wiggle room about the signing bonus and total size of the rookie deal. For example, since we know the amount of the Patriots rookie pool – $5,094,472 and know how much has been already been allocated – $4,474,321 we know that Brissett’s 2016 cap number will very likely be $620,151.

Background: A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons. A player needs 3 games to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

Updated on May 22 with a note from Mike Reiss – On May 22 ESPN’s Mike Reiss shared this rookie pool tidbit – “Why so many third-rounders who have yet to sign? One NFL salary cap man relayed that third-round negotiations have proven to be more challenging than other rounds in recent years. The reason is that first- and second-round picks can receive a maximum of 25 percent allocation of a team’s rookie salary cap, but because the third round doesn’t max out at 25 percent, there is often debate over what the correct percentage should be”

The following items are now what are typically negotiated.

1.) Salary Guarantee – How much of a player’s salary is fully guaranteed. It ranges from 100% for all 4 years for the top picks in the draft to 0% for players drafted in the 3rd round or lower. Very doubtful that this will become a negotiating item as Joe Thuney was drafted 13 slots higher did not have any of his salaries guaranteed. Sean Mannion, a quarterback who was drafted 89th in the 2015 draft did not have any of his salaries guaranteed. For players drafted late in the 2nd round their first year salary is usually fully guaranteed and some part of their second year’s salary is fully guaranteed.

2.) Guarantee Offset – With offset language, a team that cuts a player with remaining guaranteed salary will receives a dollar for dollar credit on their following year’s adjusted cap if/when he lands with a new team. With no offset language, the player gets to double dip, keeping the money he gets under his rookie contract from the team that drafted while pocketing whatever he makes from his new team. Very doubtful that this will become a negotiating item as it is not likely that Jacoby Brissett will get any guaranteed salaries in his deal.

3.) Split Salary – Often lower-round draft picks, undrafted free agents (UDFAs) and players with an injury history often sign deals that will lower their salary if placed on Injury Reserve. The minimum salary for 2016 rookies is $450,000. The split salary amount for 2016 rookies is $333,000.  The minimum salary for a player with one credited season in 2017 will be $540,000. The split salary amount in 2017 for a player with one credited season is $363,000. As you can see, a 2016 draft who has the split salary provision in their contract will receive $112,000 (more than a third) less if placed on IR before Week 1. Teams and draft picks also negotiate over when the split-season salary provision becomes effective. Some deals have the split-salary provision kick in only if the players is placed on IR during the preseason and does not apply if the player goes on IR during the regular season.  The range for the split salary provisions goes from typically none for the players drafted in the first two rounds to typically having one for the first two years of the rookie deal for the players drafted in the 6th and the 7th rounds. For 3rd round picks the split-salary provision is for the entire first year of the rookie deal. Joe Thuney and Vincent Valentine have the split-salary provision for the 2016 season.  Doubtful that this will become a negotiating item as the Patriots will insist on Jacoby Brissett having the split-salary provision.

4.) Credited Season – Often lower-round draft picks, undrafted free agents (UDFAs) and players with an injury history often sign deals that will lower their salary if placed on Injury Reserve and that will lower their 2017 season from $540,000 to $465,000 (minimum salary for 2017 rookies). While Joe Thuney and Vincent Valentine have the split-salary provision for the 2016 season their 2017 salaries will not be affected if they are placed on Injured Reserve during the 2016 season.  Very doubtful that this will become a negotiating item as this credited season issue since Cyrus Jones, Thuney and Valentine do not have this credited season provision in their deals. Please note that Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, and Devin Lucien all have this provision in their deals.

5.) Other Compensation – Rookies’ cash intake are allowed to increase by 25% of their first-year cap number. Example – Cyrus Jones’ 2016 cap number is $728,492. 25% of $728,492 equals $182,123. His 2017 salary is $450,000 + $182,123 = $632,123. Cyrus Jones’ 2018 salary is $632,123 plus $182,123 equals $814,246. Cyrus Jones’ 2019 salary is $814,246 plus $182,123 equals $996,369. First and second round picks usually have the 25% rule applied to their deals while lower-round picks (4th, 5th, 6th and 7th) for the Patriots do not have the opportunity to earn more cash than the minimum salaries. Joe Thuney has the opportunity to earn $100,000 in extra cash with offseason workout bonuses in 2017 ($35K), 2018 ($35K) and 2019 ($30K). Vincent Valentine has the opportunity to earn $45,000 in extra cash with offseason workout bonuses in 2017, 2018 and 2019 ($15K each year). It is very likely that this is what is holding up Jacoby Brissett’s negotiations. Added on May 22nd Let’s safely presume that Brissett’s 2016 cap number will be $620,151. 25% of $620,151 = $155,038. His 2017 cash intake can be as much as $450,000 + $155,038 or $605,038. His minimum 2017 cash intake is $540,000. His 2018 cash intake can be as much as $605,038 + $155,038 or $760,076. His minimum 2018 cash intake is $630,000. His 2019 cash intake can be as much as $760,076 + $155,038 or $915,114. His minimum 2019 cash intake is $720,000. With Jimmy Garoppolo the Patriots set a precedent of having their rookie quarterbacks earn offseason workout bonuses. Jimmy Garoppolo can earn $50,000 in 2016 and $65,000. So I expect that the Patriots will want Jacoby Brissett to earn some extra cash by participating in offseason workout bonuses. The negotiation is probably over the amount. Six of 7 quarterbacks drafted in the 3rd round received the maximum amount of extra compensation. I currently project the amount to be between $60,000 total ($20,000 each year for the 2017/2018/2019 seasons) Updated on May 27th  – and $390,228 total ($65,038 in 2017, $130,076 in 2018, and $195,114 in 2019). The former amount keeps Brissett’s cash intake above Valentine while the latter gives Brissett 100% of extra compensation.I fully expect this deal to be consummated before the start of the training camp.

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2016 New England Patriots eligible for the practice squad

Starting at 1PM September 4 the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which can consist of up to ten players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad.

Below are the criteria for six of the ten players:

  1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).
  2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Tyler Gaffney).
  3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Note that a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Four of the ten players can have up to two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons. Source: http://nflcommunications.com/2014/08/19/nfl-practice-squads-expand-to-10-players/

Note: 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 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA. If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA. A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

This year practice squad players will be paid a minimum of $6,900 a week, an increase from $6,600 last year. $6,900 * 10 players * 17 weeks= $1,173,000. On August 7, 2015 ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini tweeted that “clubs can give signing bonus, salary guarantees, and roster bonuses to players on Practice Squad.” I did not hear of that actually happening in 2015.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team’s current roster and the reason why they are eligible.

* Malcolm Butler (Two accrued seasons)
* Byron Stork (One accrued season)
* James Develin (Two accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* Cameron Fleming (Two accrued seasons)
* Jimmy Garoppolo (Two accrued seasons)
* James White (Two accrued seasons)
* Malcom Brown (One accrued season)
* Jordan Richards (One accrued season)
* Geneo Grissom (One accrued season)
* Trey Flowers (One accrued season)
* Tre’ Jackson (One accrued season)
* Shaq Mason (One accrued season)
* Keavon Milton (One accrued season)
* Joe Cardona (One accrued season)
* Chris Harper (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* Chris Barker (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* David Andrews (One accrued season)
* A.J. Derby (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* Brandon King (One accrued season)
* Anthony Johnson (One accrued season)
* Rufus Johnson (One practice squad season)
* Dion Lewis (two accrued seasons)
* Joe Vellano (one accrued season. One Practice squad season)
* DeAndre Carter (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* Tyler Gaffney (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* Cyrus Jones (rookie)
* Joe Thuney (rookie)
* Jacoby Brissett (rookie)
* Vincent Valentine (rookie)
* Malcolm Mitchell (rookie)
* Kamu Grugier-Hill (rookie)
* Ted Karras (rookie)
* Elandon Roberts (rookie)
* Devin Lucien
* Creven LeBlance (rookie)
* DJ Foster (rookie)
* Woodrow Hamilton (rookie)
* Jonathan Jones (rookie)
* Stephen Scheu (rookie)
* Kevin Snyder (rookie)
* Joey Iosefa (no accrued seasons)
* Bryce Williams (rookie)
* Jon Halapio (no accrued seasons)
* Vinnie Sunseri (no accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)

Players waived by Patriots in 2016 who are eligible to be placed on the practice squad

* James Vaughters (no accrued seasons)
* V’Angelo Bentley (rookie)
* Rashaan Melvin (no accrued seasons)
* Dominique Easley (two accrued seasons)
* Chris Jones (two accrued seasons)
* Darius Fleming (one accrued season)
* Montee Ball (two accrued seasons)
* J.J. Worton (no accrued seasons)
* Tony Steward (One accrued season)
* CJ Johnson (rookie)
* Kyler Kerbyson (rookie)
* Brock Vereen (Waived)
* Cedric Thompson (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)

Current inactive Patriots ineligible to be placed on the practice squad
* Michael Williams (Injured Reserve)

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How the 2016 Rookie Pool will work for the New England Patriots

With Brian McFarland’s @Ravenssalarycap permission I am using his fine work at
http://russellstreetreport.com/2014/05/06/baltimore-ravens-salary-cap/an-explanation-of-how-the-rookie-salary-cap-really-work/
as a template for this blog post.

On May 3 the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that the New England Patriots’ 2016 rookie pool “is $5,094,472”. This is an oft misunderstood number, because while it is part of the team’s Salary Cap, it does not have a dollar-for-dollar impact on the team’s overall Salary Cap.

The Rookie Salary Cap is often referred to as “a cap within a cap” because it limits the amount that teams can allocate to their rookies in the year they were drafted (and over the life of the rookies’ contracts). But, beyond that, there is a lot of confusion about the Rookie Salary Cap and exactly how it works. Even some in the media do not fully understand the mechanics of it. Some have been heard to say that it’s a totally separate pool of money that is not included in the team’s overall Cap. Others think the entire amount of the Rookie Cap is included in the team’s overall Cap, meaning that teams will need that much overall Cap space to sign their rookies.

Both of those characterizations are incorrect.

The Rookie Cap is not a separate, distinct pool, but rather, a separate calculation and there is not a dollar-for-dollar correlation between the Rookie Cap and the overall Cap. So, while all of the Salary Cap numbers of a team’s draft picks must fit under the team’s Rookie Salary Cap, very rarely will all of that amount actually impact the team’s overall Salary Cap.

The reason for these misconceptions revolves around the Rule of 51, which is contained in Article 13 of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Rule of 51 dictates that, from the beginning of the league year in early March until the beginning of the season, only the top 51 Salary Cap numbers and all of the pro-rata shares of bonus money for the players outside of the top 51 count toward the team’s overall Cap. All “dead money,” i.e. amounts that count against the Salary Cap for players who are no longer on the roster, counts as well.

Said a simpler way, during this period of the offseason, a team’s Rule of 51 Salary Cap number can be calculated by removing the base salaries of all players who do not fall amongst the top 51 Cap numbers.

This rule is necessary because, during the offseason, team rosters can number up to 90 players. As such, it would be impossible for teams to fit all of those players under the Cap. So, to counter this problem, the NFL has instituted the Rule of 51.

So, by way of example, Tre’ Jackson has the Patriots’ 51st highest Cap number at $655,935. The 52nd highest Cap number (Shaq Mason) is $635,881. Shaq Mason’s base salary of $525,000 is not currently counting against the Patriots salary cap but his $110,881 in signing bonus proration does. This treatment also applies to all other players who are outside the team’s top 51 – the player’s base salary will not count but signing bonus prorations and offseason workout bonuses will.

OK, so what does this have to do with how the Rookie Cap works?

First, as way of further explanation, under the CBA of 2011, all draft picks receive 4-year contracts, generally with a signing bonus and often with minimum base salaries set for each year of the deal. While 1st and 2nd round picks may have base salaries of more than the minimum in years two through four of their deals, even those players will almost always receive the rookie minimum base salary during their first year. For 2016, the minimum base salary for a rookie is $450,000. For Salary Cap purposes, the bonus received by the player is prorated over the four years of the deal and that prorated amount is added to the base salary to create the player’s Cap number.

So, because of the low base salary and the small signing bonuses that many of the lower round draft picks receive, those draft picks will not be amongst the top 51 Cap numbers on the Patriots (Patriots currently have 74 signed or tendered players not including the 9 draft picks and the 10 reportedly signed UDFAs). As such, under the Rule of 51, those players’ base salaries of $450,000 will not count against the teams overall Salary Cap and only the player’s bonus proration will count toward the team’s overall Cap.

So, how will this affect the Patriots in 2016?

As we now know, the Patriots ended up with nine (9) draft picks in this year’s draft.

With the new CBA’s rookie wage scale, the compensation for draft picks is now basically slotted, so based on the 9 draft picks, the Patriots will have a Rookie Cap number of $5,094,472. The Those Cap numbers should break down as follows :

2nd round (#60- Cyrus Jones): $728,492

3rd round (#78 – Joe Thuney): $643,357

3rd round (#91 – Jacoby Brissett): $620,151

3rd round (#96 – Vincent Valentine): $611,354

4th round (#112 – Malcolm Mitchell): $594,498

6th round (#208 – Xamu Grugier-Hill): $475,089

6th round (#214 – Elandon Roberts): $475,089

6th round (#221 – Ted Karras): $475,089

7th round (#225 – Devin Lucien): $471,353

Again, the team will need to fit all 9 of the draft picks into its $5,094,472 Rookie Pool, but will not need that much in overall Cap space to accommodate the signing of its draft picks.

So, based on the above numbers, only Cyrus Jones will have a cap number greater than Tre’ Jackson’s $655,935, which is the Patriots’ 51st highest Cap number. As such, he will be part of the top 51 and, under the Rule of 51, will replace Tre’ Jackson. Tre’ Jackson’s $130,935 signing bonus proration will remain to count against the Salary Cap.

The Cap numbers of the remaining nine (8) draft picks will fall outside of the top 51, so the base salaries of those players, while counting against the Rookie Cap, will not count against the team’s overall Salary Cap. Only the signing bonus prorations for those players will count.

So, to calculate the exact impact of the Rookie Cap on the team’s overall Cap, the amount of the base salaries – $450K – for each of the lower 8 draft picks ($3.6M) can be deducted from the overall number of $5,094,472. Then, for Cyrus Jones, while his cap number will count against the overall Cap (by virtue of being part of the top 51), he will replace Tre’ Jackson so $525K of his cap number will be deducted from the team’s overall Cap.

When those two number ($3.6M and $525K) are deducted from the team’s Rookie Cap ($5,094,472), the true impact of the signing of the team’s rookies – $969,042 – is revealed.

So, that is how the Year One Rookie Allocation, a.k.a Rookie Salary Cap – the “cap within a cap” – actually works and demonstrates the actual impact of the Rookie Cap on the team’s overall Salary Cap and how it is fair less than most realize.

2016 rookie pool

Therefore, despite what some in the media may lead you to believe, that number won’t be anywhere near what the team’s Rookie Cap is reported to be.

Below is my projection for the cap hits for the next four seasons for the Patriots 2016 draft class.
2016 rookie pool

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As of April 9, I have the Patriots 2016 total cap commitments as $153,616,195. The $153,616,195 is for the 77 players on the Patriots roster and it includes the $6,798,400 dead money associated to the contracts that were terminated. The 2016 League cap has been announced to be $155,270,000. The Patriots adjusted cap number of $159,642,451 is $4,372,451 higher than the League Cap because the Patriots carried over $1,347,882 in 2015 cap space to 2016 plus had $3,024,569 in adjustments. So, as of April 9th I have the Patriots to be under their adjusted cap number by about $6 million. So it appears that the Patriots will need to create cap space by releasing veterans or renegotiating existing contracts in order to stay under the cap during the 2016 season. There are plenty of opportunities to do both, thereby opening up millions of dollars under the cap.

The current 6 million in cap space is not enough to do all of the following items

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

* the 2016 draft class and 2016 UDFAs (Undrafted Free Agents) – between $500,000 and $1.5 million in cap space depending on how many draft picks the Patriots end up and where they are in the draft. In the unlikely circumstance that Patriots do not trade any of their 11 draft picks they will lose about $800K in cap space by signing them + UDFAs

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

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

* Have a cushion for the NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses that could be earned by Kuhn, Sheard, Bolden, Kline, Freeny, Amendola, Lewis, Edelman, Vollmer, Solder, Gronkowski, McCourty, Long, McClellin, Martin, Waddle, Cannon, Knighton, Harbor, Ebner, Humber, and Chung. If all twenty-two players play in all sixteen games in 2016, the Patriots will then lose $1,974,063 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 (1.5 million) which consist of Vollmer’s playing-time incentive ($1 million) and Edelman’s receptions incentives ($500,000).

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

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

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

When determining the cap savings from releasing players, keep in mind the Rule of 51. When a player from the top 51 is released or traded, the base salary of the player with the 52nd-highest cap number is added to the cap. For example, if Marcus Cannon is released, his cap number would be lowered by $3,687,500 although the actual team savings would be only $3,087,500 because another player’s $600,000 base salary would be added to the team cap.

You can see all of the possible cap savings for all of the 2016 Patriots at patscap.com

Here are some possible ways that the Pats could free up cap space.

Please note that I am NOT advocating nor I am suggesting that the Patriots do all of these salary-cap maneuvers.

Please also note that there are over hundreds of ways for the Pats to create cap space. For the sake of brevity, I am choosing not to list them all since most of them are never going to happen. For example, the Patriots could create $4,212,500 in cap space by cutting Jabaal Sheard.

The bolded maneuvers are my current predictions for that particular player. Am NOT predicting that the Patriots will do all of the bolded moves, just that if they do a move with a player, that it will be the bolded one. There is no need for the Patriots to do all of the bolded moves. The players are listed in descending 2016 cap number. Please note that following some option will result in increasing the player’s cap numbers for future seasons.

This list should cover all of the names mentioned by Twitter followers for cap savings possibilities.

1.)Sign Donta’ Hightower to an extension. A deal that is slightly better than Luke Kuechly’s would create $1.251 million in cap space
Donta' Hightower's extension

2.) Restructure Danny Amendola’s deal giving him a signing bonus in return for a lower salary in 2016 with a chance to make up some of the lost money in with incentives – net cap savings of between $2 million and $3 million

3.) Cut Danny Amendola for a net cap savings of $4,070,832

4.) Extend Danny Amendola through the 2018 season so instead of paying him $12 million in cash for two years pay him $12 million for three years.

5.) Give Danny Amendola a paycut of at least $2 million.

6.) Release Sebastian Vollmer for a net cap savings of $2.6 million

7.) Extend Jabaal Sheard through the 2020 season for a net cap savings of 1 million.
Jabaal Sheard' extension

8.) Release Marcus Cannon for a net cap savings of $3,087,500

9.) Release Rob Ninkovich for a net cap savings of $1.475 million.

10.) Release Josh Kline for a net cap savings of $900,000.

11.) Have Chris Jones take a paycut from $1.671 million with a chance to earn some money by reaching incentives – net cap savings ranging from 600K to 800K.

12.) Release Jonathan Freeny for a net cap savings of $887,500

13.) Waive Chris Jones for a net cap savings of $1.071 million

14.) Release KeShawn Martin for a net cap savings of $75,000

15.) Release Brandon Bolden for a net cap savings of $522,500

16.) Waive Aaron Dobson for a net cap savings of $347,505

17.) Waive Jon Bostic for a net cap savings of $417,381

18.) Waive Ishmaa’ily Kitchen for a net cap savings of $160,000

Note that I was asked about the cap ramifications of releasing Nate Solder. Doing so would cause the Patriots to lose cap space since his 2016 cap number would increase from $10,322,666 to $14,333,334 as his 2017 signing bonus proration would accelerate into 2016 and his 2016 salary is fully guaranteed.

Here are the moves that I think that will happen

Extend Hightower
Extend Sheard
Restructure Danny Amendola

As you can see from above, the Pats could create close over 9 million in cap space if they chose to do all of my bolded predictions. Add the 9 million to the current number of $6 million and we get $15 million.

The $15 million should be more than enough to cover the remaining salary cap expenses as well as extend a couple of several key defenders.

The Patriots may wait to do other cap-savings moves for when they need to create cap space or during roster cutdowns.

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