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I think we need to do be a much bigger overhaul than I first thought.
Well I am not going to be as detailed as you but i will give a quick general outline of what I'd like.
Pats cut McCellin saving 1.5M & Extend/Restructure Amendola saving 4.5M.
Lets assume the Pats have 75M. Take out 10M for draft picks and emergency fund so 65M
Hightower 11M/yr (5 year)
Ryan 4M/y (3 year)
Long 2M/y (2 year)
Branch 3M/y (2 years)
Mingo 1M/y (2 year)
Bennett 7M/y (3 year)
Cannon 5M/y (2 year)
Bolden 1M/y (2 year)
Develin 1M/y (2 year)
So that is 35M with 40M more to spend and the team would look like this. For FAs i get the D some help.
Kawann Short - DT (finally we get a pass rushing DT) 9M
Calais Campbell - DE/DT (We will need to draft a pass rusher but this guy reminds me of a poor man's Seymour) 6M
Zach Brown - LB (Someone to start opposite Hightower) 6M
Melvin Ingram - DE (this is your pass rush help) 6M
I would look to get these guys and inject talent and then move your front 7 around to make it work.
Zay Jones WR 6'1 197lbs
Amendola is most certainly going to be released this offseason, but his role is as important as ever. We will need someone who can step in and have the ability to play over the middle, in the slot and outside when necessary, with diverse route tree. Zay Jones is all of those things and more. He has good size at 6'1 197, great feet, and a real feel for soft spots in coverage. He comes back to the ball well, but can find himself open over the top of coverages. Maybe not quite the athlete of some of the other options, but he does all the little things that will let Brady trust him early. He's also on track to end his NCAA career with the most receptions in college history, and possibly the most catches in a single season.