The Patriots will enter 2019 26 million dollars under the cap and with the following free agents. Gost, Ryan, Patterson, Hogan, J. McCourty, Shelton, Dorsett, M. Brown, Waddle, Rowe, Flowers, T. Brown. RFAs are Gordon and J. Jones. So the question is what should the Patriots do to build the best team possible in what could be Brady's final year? Here are some ideas. The first question is who do you keep and who do you let walk? Walk: Patterson, Hogan, Rowe, T. Brown(I don't think they can afford him). Keep: Flowers, Ryan, Gost, Dorsett, Shelton, M. Brown, Waddle. J. McCourty. Of course you up Gordon (if he is able to play next year) and J. Jones. So how do they do this and still makes other moves? Here's how. #1 Deal with Devin McCourty. To me this is the big unspoken of issue heading into 2019. McCourty will be in the final year of his contract and poised to earn 13.435M. That is the 3rd most all the team. For over the last year he has been far from the 3rd best player on the team. I don't mean to say he stinks but that salary is simply not justifiable. The Patriots IMO have 2 options. Either cut him and save 9.5M (which could probably get you a better player at this point or redo his deal. I would prefer his deal to be redone as I hate to eat dead money and McCourty stands for everything we like in a patriots as a person and leader. To me to the key number here is 10M or less. It takes him out of the top 5 highest salaries and saves 3.425M on the cap. Anything more is the red line you can not cross. In that case it is best just to part ways and figure out how to use that 9.5M to help the team. For now I will put this at a -3.435M on the cap. #2 Cut Dwayne Allen. He is playing about 1/3rd of the snaps this year and and getting paid about 3.9M. That means on a per snap basis he's being paid more than Rob Gronkowski. If he can't be on a field more than 1/3rd of the time then why are we paying him 4M? He has proven he can't be a double threat. If that is the case just put an offensive lineman out there. That is make him agree to less than 3M. Personally I take the cash in this case. -6.7M n the cap. #3 Cut Clayborn - This move sucks as it forces you to eat 2M to save four. But so far in 5 guys I see little reason to pay that four. I have seen little difference between Clayborn and the other options they have (including Davis). It is best to let him walk and save the four million. Get Rivers out there and see what he can do. -4M to the cap. The cap has now gone from 26M to 40.135M. Time to sign some players. Flowers - 8M Shelton 6M Dorsett 4M Gost 4M J. McCourty 3M Brown 3M Ryan 2M Waddle 2M Gordon 1M J. Jones 1M For 34M with 6M left over. With some more spring cleaning maybe this can be made into 8M and they can maybe sign another one of their guys like Hogan or Rowe or someone else.