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    slam In the Starting Line-Up

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    I recently did the exercise of seeing what the 2014 Pats roster would cost if you kept the key players on the roster together, paying each player whatever their market value is now, and compared it with the comparable roster we actually have for the 2017 team. I used the Average Annual Value (AAV) from spotrac.com for all the numbers and chose the offensive and defensive starters and key subs. The special teams mainstays probably don't change the numbers much, and they are much the same personnel.

    To the surprise of probably no one, maintaining the 2014 roster at market value would be far more expensive than the equivalent 2017 roster by around $30 million. This is despite the fact that seven of those 2014 players are now out of the league and not drawing salary and that the 2017 roster seems much more talented (for a game played in 2017, at least).

    In this scenario, I assume that Butler has been traded to New Orleans and will make $12,000,000 AAV from the Saints. If he stays on the team playing under the tender, the 2014 roster draws closer by $8 million or so.

    I am tempted to doing this exercise with our SB49 opponents, the Seahawks. I imagine that they have been less successful in keeping their payroll down.


    2014 roster's salaries in 2017

    Player Pos 2017 Salary (AAV)
    Tom Brady QB $20,500,000
    Shane Vereen RB $4,116,667
    LeGarette Blount RB $1,000,000
    Stevan Ridley RB N/A
    Brandon LaFell WR $4,500,000
    Julian Edelman WR $4,250,000
    Danny Amendola WR $4,050,000
    Kenbrell Thompkins WR N/A
    Rob Gronkowski TE $9,000,000
    Michael Hoomanawanui TE $1,733,333
    Nate Solder LT $10,031,000
    Dan Connolly LG N/A
    Bryan Stork C N/A
    Ryan Wendell RG $885,000
    Sebastian Vollmer RT N/A
    Marcus Cannon T $6,482,000
    Chandler Jones DE $16,500,000
    Rob Ninkovich DE $3,500,000
    Akeem Ayers DE $2,600,000
    Sealver Siliga DT $1,100,000
    Vince Wilfork DT $4,500,000
    Jamie Collins LB $12,500,000
    Dont'a Hightower LB $10,875,000
    Jerod Mayo LB N/A
    Kyle Arrington CB $2,333,333
    Darrelle Revis CB $14,024,212
    Brandon Browner CB N/A
    Malcolm Butler CB $12,000,000
    Devin McCourty S $9,500,000
    Patrick Chung S $2,733,333
    Duron Harmon S $4,250,000
    Total AAV
    $162,963,878


    2017 roster's salary for 2017 (AAV)

    Player Pos Salary (AAV)

    Tom Brady QB $20,500,000
    James White RB $654,272
    Dion Lewis RB $1,300,000
    Rex Burkhead RB $3,150,000
    Brandin Cooks WR $2,095,863
    Julian Edelman WR $4,250,000
    Malcolm Mitchell WR $729,498
    Chris Hogan WR $3,910,000
    Rob Gronkowski TE $9,000,000
    Dwayne Allen TE $7,350,000
    Nate Solder LT $10,031,000
    Joe Thuney LG $803,357
    David Andrews C $530,000
    Shaq Mason RG $680,881
    Marcus Cannon RT $6,482,000
    Cameron Fleming T $1,797,000
    Trey Flowers DE $709,733
    Rob Ninkovich DE $3,500,000
    Lawrence Guy DE $3,350,000
    Malcom Brown DT $1,903,307
    Alan Branch DT $4,225,000
    Kyle Van Noy LB $1,275,524
    Dont'a Hightower LB $10,875,000
    Elandon Roberts LB $610,089
    Stephone Gilmore CB $13,000,000
    Cyrus Jones CB $1,001,676
    Eric Rowe CB $1,219,966
    Justin Coleman CB $615,000
    Devin McCourty S $9,500,000
    Patrick Chung S $2,733,333
    Duron Harmon S $4,250,000
    Total AAV
    $132,032,499
     
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    (Made a few tweaks like adding Duron Harmon, a 4th WR, and a backup OL to each roster)
     
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    RelocatedPatFan Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    I thought you were going to take the same players and see what they are making now (as winning tends to breed higher pay days as a player may look better, thus making it harder to retain those personnel)
     
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