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The Patriots plan to compete this year. They picked up Jason McCourty's option, signed his brother Devin, franchised Joe Thuney, and re-signed Matthew Slater.
Gilmore is gone. With less than 1M in cap space, I can't see how we can keep him.
It is early, but this is the worst analysis of the year, by far. There is exactly ZERO reason to trade Gilmore for picks in the hope that we could acquire someone as good as Gilmore next year. Cutting your best player, in his prime, is just plain NUTS!
Consider that we have zero. We need a couple of million for the draft and say another 8 for the rest of the year (not counting relatively expensive free agents). That is a TOTAL of $10M.
There are many, many ways to find that money and lots more.
Restructures (with zero changes in compensation)
Cut Or Trade
$33.5M total less cost of replacement players
Extensions (this could be lots of cap space)
Ok.You are chief among them...
Our current salary cap situation buys us about one minimum salary player
like Ferentz. I expect to see a trade soon for Thuney for a #3 pick at most.
for the best of the team.