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Brady needs weapons.. But, Patriots don't have tons of cap space. How can they free up more?

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  1. zipster9

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    (a) If BillB is going to add better weapons, how can they create more cap space?

    (b) With that freed up cap space, who would you sign? This is specifically offensive weapons?
     
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    It is very easily to structure contracts in such a way that a player’s first year has a low cap number.

    I think the team is waiting on a potential resolution to the new CBA so they can see where everything stands.
     
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    Problem solved. In a 2-year deal, Brady’s agreed to accept $2 million a year.










    For 40 years.
     
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  5. captain insano

    captain insano Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    this.
     
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    Seems like the tallest order in the BB tenure. Don’t even know where to begin, so many needs and uncertainties.
     
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  7. carmelo15

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    Cut Sanu vet minimum AB, come at me
     
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    I believe that Sanu and Cannon get you about 10m. Simon frees up about 1.6m, although that’s not a move that I see being made.
    Gilmore could be in line for an extension (?) We’re also hoping for a bit of relief from either the Hernandez or Brown grievances.
     
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  9. TommyBrady12

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    The Broncos would know about how to structure contracts that way...
     
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  10. TommyBrady12

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    Also, won't be a popular move, but releasing Ghost saves about $5 million
     
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    Problem with cutting players to make cap space is you then have to replace the players you cut. That's fine if there's a replacement on the roster, but neither Sanu nor Cannon have readymade replacements (unless you believe Harry/Cajuste are ready to be that).
     
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  12. zipster9

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    He interesting thing is that BillB does not believe in overpaying anyone.
     
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    A Hightower restructure will get us $5.3M. Jason McCourty may or may not be here for another season at $6M.

    It is a bit early for Gilmore extension. That would wait at least until there is a new CBA. In the meantime, a Gilmore restructure will fund end of camp and in-season needs.
     
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    Before looking for the high-priced new offensive weapons, we need re-sign or replace those below. I presume that we are letting KVN and Collins walk. Also, as several have noted, we may want to cut and replace Sanu and Cannon using their cap hits to fund the new players.

    KEY FREE AGENTS
    Brady
    Shelton
    Butler (an RFA, but still serious money)
    Roberts
    KVN
    Collins
    D McCourty
    Slater
    Ebner
    Thuney (presumably with Karras)
    Dorsett
    Watson
     
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    TheRainMaker In the Starting Line-Up

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    I think the question most people are ignoring is who is actually available that would entice Brady to have faith in the Pats to sign? And what are the chances these players would want to go to NE?
     
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    DW Toys In the Starting Line-Up

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    The only wampum we might have is Hightower and Michel. ...........Cannon? Perhaps. Harmon? Neither would make me cry if we traded them.
    DW Toys
     
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    Im pretty sure he isn’t expecting big names like Odell or Hopkins he’s not an idiot he knows how salary cap works. He just doesn’t want to be throwing to the garbage we had last year literally the worst receiving core in the league.

    Signing Emmanuel Sanders and trading for OJ Howard could work
     
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    Having a solid offense line would go a long ways towards success, Imagine how well things would have gone if Brady had an extra few seconds to make a decision and had the confidence knowing so.
     
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    Fire everybody who has been drafting the NE WRs and get off your a55 and find some stud WRs who can play in this upcoming draft. The WR 5hitshow must end.

    They cost as much as a rookie contract over the course of 4 years.
     
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    (A) This team is not primed for a deep playoff run with or without Brady.

    (B) Let Brady walk, have Stidham battle it out with a rookie in training camp.

    (C) Use the money to sign Thuney, Van Noy and whoever else they can to field a balanced and competitive team.
     
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