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Patriots Get Draft Picks Strange, Thornton, and Zappe All Under Contract

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Patriots Get Draft Picks Strange, Thornton, and Zappe All Under ContractEric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots reportedly got their final three draft picks under contract, with Cole Strange, Tyquan Thornton, and Bailey Zappe each signing their rookie deals heading into the start of next month’s training camp.

While this is obviously good news, the next question is how the team was able to get their final selections signed given how close to the salary cap they’ve been.  At last check, according to salary cap expert Miguel Benzan, the club had been sitting with just $142k of space available.  The team needed to free up an additional $1.75 million in order to get this done, which right now is a mystery.

There were no players cut or traded, which means the team did something internally with another contract (or multiple deals) in order to get all three signed.  Benzan has a few thoughts, which included converting several salaries to get this done.

Hopefully, we’ll get an answer in the coming days but for now, getting these guys signed and removing that last obstacle is definitely a nice step forward.  Now, with the money part of things out of the way, the next time they return to Foxboro they can simply focus on preparing for the upcoming season.


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