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Breaking down David Harris’ deal with the New England Patriots

Miguel Benzan
July 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm ET

On July 7, 2017 I learned the following information about David Harris’ two-year deal with the defending Super Bowl champions – New England Patriots

Details:
Signing bonus: $1,250,000 (prorated over 2 years so there is $625,000 in signing bonus proration this year)
2017 base salary: $1,000,000. Do not know if this salary is fully guaranteed. (7/9/2017 6AM update – Have learned that this salary is not guaranteed at all and that the only part of Harris’ deal that is guaranteed is his $1.25 million signing bonus).
2017 roster bonus: $500,000 (46-man active roster bonus – $31,250 per game). Since David Harris was active for 15 games this bonus counts $468,750 against the 2017 cap or $31,250 times 15 games.
2017 LTBE playing-time incentives – $750,000. Please note that LTBE is short for likely to be earned. As of 4:30 PM July 7, 2017 do not know the tiers of Harris’ playing-time incentives.

* The amount of his 2018 playing-time incentives that will be part of his 2018 cap number will be determined by how much Harris plays in 2017. According to Football Outsiders David Harris played in 86.8% of the defensive snaps in 2016 so his 2017 incentives must have tiers less than 86.8%.

2018 base salary: $1,750,000
2018 roster bonus: $500,000 (46-man active roster bonus – $31,250 per game)
2018 incentives: $1,000,000 in playing-time incentives.

Please note that a signing bonus is prorated equally over the life of the contract, up to five years. That is, if Harris’ deal was through the 2022 season covering six seasons any signing bonus would be prorated through the 2021 season (five seasons)

A player’s salary cap number is the total of
* his salary
* signing bonus proration, if any
* any LTBE incentives

In David Harris’ case his 2017 salary cap number is the total of
$1,000,000 salary
$ 625,000 signing bonus proration
$ 468,750 in 46-man active roster bonuses
$ 750,000 in playing-time incentives
==========
$2,843,750

David Harris’ maximum 2018 salary cap number is the total of
$1,750,000 salary
$ 625,000 signing bonus proration
$ 500,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses (this presumes that he is active for 16 regular-season games in 2017)
$1,050,000 in playing-time incentives (this presumes that he plays enough snaps in 2017 to have his 2018 incentives classified as LTBE)
==========
$3,875,000

David Harris' deal

David Harris became the 90th Patriot signed for the 2017 season and the 63rd Patriot signed for the 2018 season.

After this deal I now have the Patriots 2017 salary cap number as $13,342,862 which is the highest for this time of year for the Patriots during the Bill Belichick era.

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How many Patriots can win a 3rd Super Bowl ring this year?

Miguel Benzan
June 10, 2017 at 5:51 am ET

Since the defending Super Bowl Champions handed out their rings on June 9th, thought it would be appropriate to now list the Patriots who have a great chance to place a 3rd Super Bowl ring on their fingers.

The following tables attempt to show the current roster status of the 72 Patriots who were on the Patriots roster the day of Super Bowl XLIX. This is as of June 10, 2017. This illustrates why sometimes people say the NFL stands for “Not For Long”. Super Bowl XLIX was played on February 1, 2015. Less than thirty months later the Patriots roster looks very different.

As you can see below 21 Patriots currently have a chance to win a third Super Bowl ring with the Patriots while the GOAT has a chance to win his sixth.

Player                - 2014 Roster Status - Current Status
Aiken, Danny          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Allen, Ryan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Amendola, Danny       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Arrington, Kyle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Ayers, Akeem          - 53 man roster      - Signed with Rams (Now with Colts)
Barker, Chris         - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Browns)
Bequette, Jake        - Practice Squad     - Cut. Out of League
Blount, LeGarrette    - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Eagles)
Bolden, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Boyce, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Browns)
Brady, Tom            - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Branch, Alan          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Browner, Brandon      - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Browner's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Buchanan, Michael     - IR                 - Cut. Now Out of League
Butler, Malcolm       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Cannon, Marcus        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Casillas, Jonathan    - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Chung, Patrick        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Collins, Jamie        - 53 man roster      - Traded to another team (Browns)
Connolly, Dan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
Dennard, Alfonzo      - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Develin, James        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Devey, Jordan         - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Chiefs)
Dobson, Aaron         - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League
Easley, Dominique     - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Rams)
Ebner, Nate           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Edelman, Julian       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Cameron      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Darius       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Gaffney, Tyler        - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league. 
Garoppolo, Jimmy      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gilbert, Garrett      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Panthers)
Gordon, Cameron       - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league
Gostkowski, Stephen   - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gray, Jonas           - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Green, Justin         - Practice Squad     - Retired
Gronkowski, Rob       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Harmon, Duron         - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hauptmann, Caylin     - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Hightower, Dont'a     - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hoomanawanui, Michael - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Saints)
Jones, Chandler       - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Cardinals)
Jones, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (49ers)
Kline, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Titans)
Krause, Jonathan      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Titans)
Lafell, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Bengals)
Martin, Eric          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of League
Mayo, Jerod           - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Officially Mayo's option was declined. Officially Mayo did not retire
McCourty, Devin       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Moore, Zach           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Panthers)
Morris, James         - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league
Ninkovich, Rob        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Orton, Greg           - IR                 - Not tendered. Now out of League.
Revis, Darrelle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League.
Revis's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Ridley, Stevan        - IR                 - Signed with Lions. Now out of League
Ryan, Logan           - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Titans)
Siliga, Sealver    - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. With another team (Buccaneers)
Skinner, Deontae      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Giants)
Slater, Matthew       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Solder, Nate          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Stork, Bryan          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league
Swanson, Dax          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Tyms, Brian           - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. Now out of league.
Vellano, Joe          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Falcons)
Vereen, Shane         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Vollmer, Sebastian    - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Wendell, Ryan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
White, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
White, James          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Wilfork, Vince        - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Wilfork's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Wilson, Tavon         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Lions)
Wright, Tim           - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 22
Cut. With another team 6
Cut. Now out of League 11
Signed with Another Team 6
Traded 4
Retired 2
Untendered. With another team 1
Untendered. Now out of league 1
IR 10
Cut. Now out of League 7
Cut. With another team 1
Signed with Another Team 1
Untendered. Now out of League 1
Practice Squad 9
Cut. Now Out of League 5
Cut. With another team 3
Retired 1
Grand Total 72
53 man roster 22
Cut. Now out of League 23
Cut. With another team 10
Signed with Another Team 7
Traded 4
Retired 3
Untendered. Now out of League 2
Untendered. With another team 1

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Patscap breaks down Rob Gronkowski’s restructure

Miguel Benzan
May 23, 2017 at 7:25 pm ET

On May 23, 2017 ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on his FaceBook page
‪”Specific details on Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with Patriots, per @RosenhausSports:‬
‪1st tier, which gets him to $10.75M either 90 percent play time or 80 catches or 1200 receiving yards or All Pro — and he’s made all pro four times.‬
‪2nd tier to $8.75M: he has to get 80 percent play time or 70 catches or 1000 receiving yards or 12 Tds.‬
‪3rd tier takes him to $6.75M is 70 percent playtime, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs.‬
‪But a big new groundbreaking deal for Gronk.”

Adam’s report did not include 14 TDs in the first level.

How often has Rob Gronkowski reached the above levels?

In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has caught at least 60 passes 3 times (2011,2014,2015).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has caught at least 70 passes 3 times (2011,2014,2015).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has caught at least 80 passes twice (2011,2014).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 800 receiving yards 3 times (2011,2014,2015).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 1,000 receiving yards 3 times (2011,2014,2015).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 1,200 receiving yards once – in 2011.
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 10 TDs 5 times (2010,2011,2012,2014,2015).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 12 TDs twice (2011,2014).
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had 14 TDs once – in 2011.
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had at least 70 percent playtime four times (2010,2011, 2014,2015)
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had at least 80 percent playtime twice (2011, 2015)
In 7 NFL seasons Gronk has had at least 90 percent playtime once (2011)
Rob Gronkowski was named to the All-Pro team three times, not four times (2011,2014,2015).

Please note that Rob Gronkowski if active for all 16 games was scheduled to earn $5 million in cash this year so I interpret Adam’s Facebook post as:
Gronk has 3 incentive tiers:
$1.5M if he just earns any of the lowest level incentives (70 percent playtime, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs)‬
$3.5M if he earns any of the middle level incentives (80 percent playtime, 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards or 12 TDs)
$5.5M if he earns any of the top level incentives (90 percent playtime, 80 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards or All-Pro)

Please note that it have also been reported that the tiers are
$1M if he just earns any of the lowest level incentives (70 percent playtime, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs)‬
$3M if he earns any of the middle level incentives (80 percent playtime, 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards or 12 TDs)
$5.5M if he earns any of the top level incentives (90 percent playtime, 80 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards or All-Pro)

We will wait for the restructure to be processed to find out what numbers are correct.

What happens to the Patriots salary cap if Gronk is an All-Pro in 2017?
The Patriots 2018 adjusted cap number will be debited $5.5M.

Please note that the Patriots never extended Brady with more than two years left on his deal. This restructure does not set any precedent.

Mike Reiss reported that this restructure does not touch 2018 or 2019.

Background

Contract Details

Rob Gronkowski was drafted in 2010 and signed a four-year rookie deal with the Patriots. In August of 2012 with two years left on his rookie deal Rob Gronkowski signed a 6-year extension with the Patriots if they picked up the option ($10 million) for the last four years of the deal by the beginning of the 2016 League Year (March 9). In 2012 Rob Gronkowski received a $10 million signing bonus. In August of 2015 the Patriots paid Gronkowski $4 million of his $10 million option. The Patriots paid Gronkowski the remaining $6 million in March of 2016.

Before the restructure

His 2017 cap number was $6,750,000 which consisted of his
$4.25 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$250,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

His 2018 cap number was $11,000,000 which consisted of his
$8 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$750,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

His 2019 cap number is $11,000,000 which consists of his
$9 million salary
$250,000 workout bonus
$750,000 in 46-man active roster bonus
$800,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus
$1,200,000 in proration of his 2015 $4 million option bonus

Tight Ends Compensation

A NFL League Year goes from March to the following March. Calendar Year starts on January 1 and ends on December 31.

Using the League Year barometer Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the below amounts in cash
$15 million in 2015
$3 million in 2016
$5 million in 2017
$9 million in 2018
$10 million in 2019

Using the Calendar Year barometer Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to receive the below amounts in cash
$9 million in 2015
$9 million in 2016
$5 million in 2017
$9 million in 2018
$10 million in 2019

What I have done is compile the cash intake of all the top tight ends in the NFL using the calendar year system.

For the 2016 through the 2019 seasons
Rob Gronkowski –  $33,000,000
Jordan Reed  – $30,921,000
Julius Thomas – $30,900,000
Travis Kelce –  $30,146,000
Dwayne Allen – $29,400,000
Zach Ertz –  $28,818,527
Coby Fleener – $28,500,000
Martellus Bennett – $26,185,000
Charles Clay  – $25,000,000
Jermaine Gresham – $25,000,000

That is, before this restructure Rob Gronkowski was already scheduled to receive the most cash out of any NFL tight end for the four seasons that started in 2016.

Agents like to use 3 years as a deal’s measuring tool.

For the 2016 through the 2018 seasons

Rob Gronkowski – $23,000,000
Jordan Reed  – $23,000,000
Travis Kelce – $22,146,000
Dwayne Allen – $22,000,000
Zach Ertz – $21,318,527
Coby Fleener – $21,100,000
Charles Clay – $20,500,000
Martellus Bennett – $19,685,000
Jimmy Graham – $19,000,000
Julius Thomas- $18,300,000

Rob Gronkowski is tied with Jordan Reed for the most scheduled cash for the three seasons that started in 2016.

For the 2017 through the 2019 seasons

Rob Gronkowski – $24,000,000
Jermaine Gresham – $21,500,000
Martellus Bennett – $21,000,000
Jordan Reed  – $20,421,000
Coby Fleener – $19,700,000
Travis Kelce – $19,500,000
Zach Ertz – $19,500,000
Jack Doyle – $18,900,000
Kyle Rudolph – $18,750,000
Dwayne Allen – $17,400,000

That is, before this restructure Rob Gronkowski was already scheduled to receive the most cash out of any NFL tight end for the three seasons that will start in 2017.

For the 2017 through the 2018 seasons

Martellus Bennett – $14,500,000
Jermaine Gresham – $14,500,000
Rob Gronkowski – $14,000,000
Greg Olsen – $13,500,000
Jack Doyle – $13,250,000
Jordan Reed  – $12,500,000
Coby Fleener – $12,300,000
Julius Thomas – $12,200,000
Zach Ertz – $12,000,000
Travis Kelce – $11,500,000
Kyle Rudolph – $11,500,000

For the 2017 season

1.) Jimmy Graham – $10,000,000
2.) Jermaine Gresham – $9,000,000
3.) Martellus Bennett – $8,050,000
4.) Jack Doyle – $8,000,000
5.) Jason Witten – $7,400,000
6.) Greg Olsen – $6,750,000
7.) Dion Sims – $6,000,000
Rhett Ellison – $6,000,000
Vernon Davis – $6,000,000
10.) Coby Fleener – $5,900,000
15.) Rob Gronkowski – $5,000,000

Gronkowski’s ranking will go lower once the 3 tight ends drafted in the first round sign their rookie deals.

Hopefully, I have provided enough background information so it is time to answer your questions.

Added at 8PM
Q: Are there any option clauses?
A: No.

Q: Are any of Gronkowski’s salaries guaranteed?
A: Not at this moment. Like all veterans Rob Gronkowski’s salaries will become fully guaranteed if on the Week 1 roster.

Q: What leverage did Rob Gronkowski have?
A: He could have retired and the Pats could not have gone after his remaining option bonus money (6M total) because of how the CBA treats option bonuses.

Original Q and A section

Q: Does this restructure front load Gronkowski’s contract?
A: No, it does not.

Q: Can you explain the reports that Gronk was due $5.25M in cash?
A: I cannot. I have it as $5M
$4.25M salary
$500,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses.
$250,000 in offseason workout bonus money. It could be that the Pats also increased Gronk’s salary by $250,000 as part of this deal. Do not know that yet.

Q: Does this restructure make his deal more trade-friendly?
A: It makes it less trade-friendly if the incentives are for all 3 years and Gronk reached a level the prior year.

Q: Does the restructure create any cap space if Gronk is injured?
A: No. An injury will decreases his chances of earning his incentives.

Q: Why would the Patriots do this?
A: Costs them no upfront money. Furthers goodwill with their 2nd best player. Avoids a holdout by a tight end scheduled not to be in the Top 15 tight ends in terms of cash received in 2017. If Gronkowski reaches his incentives, the Patriots cash spending will increase.

Q: What were Gronk’s cap numbers?
A: Before the restructure
2017 – 6.75M
2018 – 11M
2019 – 12M

After the restructure his 2017 cap number remains unchanged.

Q: Is this a team-friendly deal?
A: Yes. Best tight-end in the game at a 6.75M 2017 cost is a bargain. If he reaches the highest level of his incentives, the extra cost will be worth it.

Q: Do you read this as a “team-friendly” deal or “player-friendly” deal?
A: Team friendly. No upfront cost. Gronkowski has to play well to get paid well.

Q: Is this deal pulling money from 2018 into 2017?
A: No.

Q: What have been Rob Gronkowski’s playing-time percentages?
A:
74.7% in 2010
94.6% in 2011
59.1% in 2012
32% in 2013
70.3% in 2014
84.2% in 2015
31.5% in 2016

Q: What is the prime playing age for tight ends?
A: There are several articles on the Internet that talks about at what age when tight ends hit their prime and start to decline.
* http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1683775-when-does-age-catch-up-to-nfl-players
* http://socalledfantasyexperts.com/aging-curve-nfl-offensive-players-every-single-position
* http://fftoday.com/articles/bales/13_te_age.html
After reading all three and a subscriber-only article on ProFootball Focus it seems safe to state that Rob Gronkowski is in the middle of his prime and should be expected to decline after hitting the age of 31 which just happens to be when Gronkowski is currently scheduled to become a free agent.

Q: How many games has Rob Gronkowski played?
A: Since signing his extension in 2012 Gronkowski has missed a total of 24 regular season games (a season and half worth of games) – 5 in 2012, 9 in 2013, 1 in 2014, 1 in 2015 and 8 in 2016. In effect Rob Gronkowski has gotten paid for 5 seasons while actually playing 3.5 seasons. Since his 2012 extension Rob Gronkowski has played in 70% (56) out of a possible 80 regular season games. Since his 2012 extension Rob Gronkowski has played in 50% (6) out of a possible 12 postseason games. Since his 2012 extension Rob Gronkowski has played in 67.4% (62) out of a possible 92 games.

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Patscap breaks down the Patriots’ use of the May 9th tender on LeGarrette Blount

Miguel Benzan
May 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm ET

On May 10 ProFootballTalk.Com reported that the “The Patriots…made the May 9 tender to running back LeGarrette Blount. The offer amounts to 110 percent of his total pay in 2016, which was $1 million.”

What does this mean for the Patriots and its 2016 leading rusher, LeGarrette Blount?

1.) Exclusive Negotiating Rights – By making this May 9th tender the Patriots gave themselves exclusive negotiating rights to Blount for the time period that begins on July 22nd and ends November 13th (the Tuesday after the Week 10 games). If a team wants to acquire a tendered Blount after July 22nd they will have to trade for him.

2.) 2018 Compensatory Pick Calculations – If an unrestricted free agent like Blount signs with another team between March 9th and May 9th the player then qualifies to be included in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations. Now if Blount signs with another team between now and July 22nd he will remain eligible to be included in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations. Please note that this does not mean that the Patriots will automatically receive a 2018 compensatory pick for Blount. This tender just keeps Blount eligible to be included in the calculations. Please note that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs in the League (32). Please also note that in recent years there have been more than 32 CFAs who qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but whose old teams did not receive compensatory picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs were not among the 32 highest. Given the down marker for older running backs it is not likely that Blount would sign a deal that would place him in the Top 32. The current 32nd highest value is $2,050,000.

Q: What was Blount’s 2016 compensation?
A: $760,000 salary
$750,000 rushing yard incentives
$100,000 46-man active roster bonuses
$100,000 signing bonus
4,290 offseason workout bonus
============
$1,714,290

Q: What was Blount’s 2017 Prior Year compensation?
A: $760,000 salary
$100,000 46-man active roster bonuses
$100,000 signing bonus
============
$960,000

Incentives are excluded from the Prior Year Compensation formula since they are considered Performance bonuses. I am using past history to exclude the offseason workout bonus money. Quoting the CBA – For the purposes of this Subsection, “Prior Year Salary” means the total of the Paragraph 5 Salary, roster and reporting bonuses, pro-rata portion of signing bonus, and other payments to players in compensation for the playing of professional football for the last year of the player’s most recently negotiated Player Contract, except for performance bonuses other than roster and reporting bonuses”

Q: What will be Blount’s 2017 cap number?
A: $1.99M by my guesstimate. 1.1M salary plus 100,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses ($6,250 per game) plus $40,000 in offseason workout bonus money plus $750,000 in LTBE (Likely to be Earned Incentives).

$1,056,000 salary 1,056,000 is 110% of $960,000 Blount’s Prior year compensation
750,000 rushing yard incentives – Am including his incentives because of this clause in the CBA – “with all other terms of his contract identical
to his prior year’s contract”
100,000 46-man active roster bonuses ($6,250 per game) – Am including his 46-man active roster bonuses because of this clause in the CBA – “with all other terms of his contract identical to his prior year’s contract”
40,000 offseason workout bonus – Am including his offseason workout because of this clause in the CBA – “with all other terms of his contract identical
to his prior year’s contract”
===========
$1,946,000

Q: I have seen some reports that Blount will get a $110,000 signing bonus. Why are you not including that in your numbers?
A: I trust my interpretation of the CBA’s Article 9, Section 1 Paragraph(b).

Q: When will Blount’s tender start to count against the Patriots 2017 cap?
A: July 15. Quoting the CBA – “For players who are Unrestricted Free Agents, the June 1 Tender, if made, will be included in Team Salary as of July 15 and thereafter until the player is signed, the Tender is withdrawn, the Team’s rights are relinquished or extinguished, or the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season (if the player is unsigned). Please note that per an agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA the June 1 date was moved up to May 9th.

Q: What were Blount’s rushing years incentives?
700 rushing yards: $50,000
750 rushing yards: $50,000
800 rushing yards: $50,000
850 rushing yards: $100,000
900 rushing yards: $100,000
950 rushing yards: $100,000
1,000 rushing yards: $100,000
1,050 rushing yards: $100,000
1,100 rushing yards: $100,000

Q: How many rushing yards did Blount have in 2016?
A: 1,161

Q: From @steveclaflinIT, a Twitter follower: “If Blount signs elsewhere, and Pats add a “player lost” in the comp pick formula, does signing team then count Blount as a player gained?
A: Yes. Will not matter to teams who are unlikely to receive a 2018 comp pick. Am going to use the 49ers as an example. They have signed 12 CFAs and lost 2 CFAs. Their chances of getting a 2018 comp pick are nil or zero. Signing Blount, therefore, can’t hurt their changes. On the other hand, teams who are projected to receive 2018 compensatory picks may now not sign Blount in fear of losing a 2018 compensatory. Am going to use the Arizona Cardinals as an example. The Cardinals are projected to receive four compensatory picks in 2018. If they now sign Blount, they will lose a 2018 6th round compensatory pick by doing so.

Q: From @MattHuegel, a Twitter follower: “So if he accepts, then they could just cut him and they wouldn’t be on the hook for anything, he just wouldn’t factor into the comp formula?
A: Yes

Q: From @NotMikeMahoney, a Twitter followr: “is his salary guaranteed? If not, when can he be cut and could he sign elsewhere before week 10 if cut?
A: No part of Blount’s 2017 compensation is currently guaranteed. His 2017 salary will become fully guaranteed if he is on the Patriots Week 1 roster.

Q: How many compensatory picks are the Patriots projected by @nickkorte to receive in 2018?
A: Two
A fourth for Sheard
A fifth for Bennett
The Barkevious Mingo loss is offset by the Lawrence Guy signing.
The Logan Ryan loss is offset by the Stephon Gilmore signing.
The Chris Long loss is offset by the Rex Burkhead signing.

Q: Will the Patriots receive a compensatory pick for Michael Floyd who signed with the Vikings on May 10t?
A: No. Floyd is not eligible to be included in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations because he was signed after May 9th.

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Listing the 2017 Patriots who are eligible to be placed on the practice squad

Miguel Benzan
May 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm ET

Starting at 1PM September 3rd the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which can consist of up to ten players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad.

Below are the criteria for six of the ten players:

  1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).
  2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Woodrow Hamilton).
  3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Note that a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Four of the ten players can have up to two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons. Source: http://nflcommunications.com/2014/08/19/nfl-practice-squads-expand-to-10-players/

Note: A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons. An accrued season determines when a player reaches free agency. If a player at the end of his contract has 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA. If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA. A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

This year practice squad players will be paid a minimum of $7,200 a week, an increase from $6,900 last year. $7,200 * 10 players * 17 weeks= $1,224,000. Each and every year a few players on the Patriots practice squad will receive more than minimum. In 2016 the Patriots ended the season with six players making more than the minimum:
* Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
* Trevor Bates – $18,000
* Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker had two raises in 2016. The first increased his weekly pay from $6,900 to $10,000. The last raise increased his weekly salary from $10,000 to $15,000.
* DeAndrew White – $10,000
* Tyler Gaffney – $10,000
* Woodrow Hamilton – $26,471

There were four other practice squad players who was earning in 2016 more than the minimum before their time on the Patriots practice squad ended.

On August 7, 2015 ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini tweeted that “clubs can give signing bonus, salary guarantees, and roster bonuses to players on Practice Squad.” Only heard of one such instance of this actually happening in 2015 or in 2016 – Darius Kilgo’s last 3 weeks salary was fully guaranteed in 2016.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team’s current roster and the reason why they are eligible.

* C David Andrews (Two accrued seasons)
* DT Malcom Brown (Two accrued seasons)
* LS Joe Cardona (Two accrued seasons)
* CB Justin Coleman (Two accrued seasons)
* TE James Ferentz (Two accrued seasons)
* OT Cameron Fleming (Two accrued seasons)
* DE Trey Flowers (Two accrued seasons)
* DE Geneo Grissom (Two accrued seasons)
* DT Darius Kilgo (Two accrued seasons)
* ST Brandon King (Two accrued seasons)
* TE James O’Shaughnessy (Two accrued seasons)
* S Jordan Richards (Two accrued seasons)
* OG Shaq Mason (Two accrued seasons)
* OG Jamil Douglas (One accrued season)
* QB Jacoby Brissett (One accrued season)
* RB DJ Foster (One accrued season)
* CB Cyrus Jones (One accrued season)
* CB Jonathan Jones (One accrued season)
* C Ted Karras (One accrued season)
* WR Malcolm Mitchell (One accrued season)
* LB Elandon Roberts (One accrued season)
* LG Joe Thuney (One accrued season)
* DT Vincent Valentine (One accrued season)
* TE Matt Lengel (One practice squad season and no accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* LB Trevor Bates (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* FB Glenn Gronkowski (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* DT Woodrow Hamilton (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* WR Devin Lucien (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* DT Josh Augusta (rookie)
* DT Adam Butler (rookie)
* WR Austin Carr (rookie)
* TE Sam Cotton (rookie)
* OL Cole Croston (rookie)
* RB LeShun Daniels (rookie)
* CB D.J. Dean (rookie)
* OT Antonio Garcia (rookie)
* WR Cody Hollister (rookie)
* TE Jacob Hollister (rookie)
* DB David Jones (rookie)
* CB D.J. Killings (rookie)
* OL Jason King (rookie)
* LB Harvey Langi (rookie)
* OT Conor McDermott (rookie)
* CB Kenny Moore (rookie)
* OL Max Rich (rookie)
* DE Derek Rivers (rookie)
* DB Dwayne Thomas (rookie)
* S Jason Thompson (rookie)
* S Damarius Travis (rookie)
* DE Caleb Kedder (rookie)
* WR Tony Washington (one practice squad season)
* DE Deatrich Wise (rookie)
* CB Will Likely (rookie)

Players who were once on the Patriots roster sometime in 2017 who are eligible to be placed on the practice squad

1.) RB Tyler Gaffney (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
2.) G Tre’ Jackson (one accrued seasons)
3.) WR DeAndrew White (one accrued season and one practice squad season)

Current inactive Patriots ineligible to be placed on the practice squad
* G Chase Farris (One practice squad season and no accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster) – NFI
* DE Corey Vereen (rookie) – IR

NOTE: Chris Barker is ineligible to be placed on the practice squad because he has spend three seasons on a practice squad.

Some frequently asked questions about practice squad players:

Q: Does practice squad players pay count against a team’s salary cap?
A: Yes

Q: Do practice squad players get paid during the bye week?
A: Yes.

Q: Can practice squad pay be guaranteed?
A: Yes. The last three weeks of Darius Kilgo’s 2016 practice squad salary was fully guaranteed.

Q: If a practice squad player is cut during the week, is he paid for the week?
A: If a player is on the practice squad at 4PM Tuesday, he will be paid for the week even if released before that week’s game.

Players who were once on the Patriots roster sometime in 2017 who are eligible to be placed on a practice squad but now on another team’s roster. Note that teams can not sign a player from another’s practice squad to place him on theirs. They can sign player to their 53-man roster

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Patscap breaks down Danny Amendola’s 2017 $4.75M paycut

Miguel Benzan
April 25, 2017 at 9:38 am ET

On April 24th ESPN.Com’s Mike Reiss with an huge assist from Field Yates reported the details of Danny Amendola’s paycut.

Before this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number was $7,791,668 which consisted of a
* $6 million salary
* $1,416,668 in signing bonus proration
* $375,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

After this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number is now $3,041,668 which consisted of a
* $1.25 million salary
* $50,000 offseason workout bonus
* $1,516,668 in signing bonus proration
* $225,000 ($18,750 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Under his old deal Danny Amendola could have earned $6.5 million in cash from the Patriots in 2017. Under this new deal he could earn up to $1.7M. There has been no mention of whether Danny Amendola’s new deal still contains his $500,000 NTLBE incentive that was tied to receptions with the lowest trigger level being 90 receptions.

Prior Paycuts:

2015

In March of 2015 Danny Amendola and the Patriots restructured his deal. His 2015 salary was lowered from $4 million to $1.25 million while Amendola was given a $500,000 signing bonus which was prorated over the 2015/2016/2017 seasons. Danny Amendola’s $500,000 receptions incentive was increased to $750,000. His incentives were changed from 90 receptions to the following tiered structure.

* 40 catches for $150,000 – Earned
* 50 catches for another $150,000 ($300,000 total) – Earned
* 60 catches for another $225,000 ($525,000 total) – Earned
* 70 catches for another $225,000 ($750,000 total) – Unearned

Danny Amendola had 63 receptions in 2015 and was active for 15 games. His 2015 cash intake totaled $2,712,500
* $1.25 million salary
* $500,000 signing bonus
* $525,000 in earned incentives
* $437,500 for being active for 14 games ($31,250 per game)
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$2,712,500

2016

On May 10, 2016 the Boston Globe’ Ben Volin tweeted that the “Danny Amendola was supposed to have a $5m salary and $6.8m cap hit. New deal has $1.25m salary, $100k signing bonus and $250k per-game bonus”; “Amendola’s new deal guarantees him $1.35m, all this year.; “His new cap number this year is $2,916,666. So #Patriots save $3.4m in cash and $3.9m in salary cap on Amendola” and “Amendola gets $25,000 per game active, but only up to 10 games”.

Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number was $2,916,666 which consisted of a
* $1.25 million salary
* $1,416,666 in signing bonus proration
* $250,000 ($25,000 per 46-man active roster appearance – maximum of 10 games) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola had 63 receptions in 2015 and was active for 12 games. His 2015 cash intake totaled $2,712,500
* $1.25 million salary
* $100,000 signing bonus
* $250,000 ($25,000 per 46-man active roster appearance up to 10 games) roster bonus.
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$1,600,0000

Danny Amendola’s $7.8 million cap hit was the 5th highest on the 2017 Patriots and was the highest of Brady’s offensive weapons. After the paycut Danny Amendola’s $3 million cap hit is now the 18th highest on the 2017 Patriots and is now the 5th highest of Brady’s offensive weapons.

Gronkowski, Rob $6,750,000
Edelman, Julian $5,750,000
Allen, Dwayne $4,937,500
Gillislee, Mike $3,968,750
Amendola, Danny $3,041,668
Burkhead, Rex $3,125,000
Hogan, Chris $2,968,750
White, James $1,789,272
Cooks, Brandin $1,563,198
Lewis, Dion $1,487,500
Develin, James $1,375,000
Bolden, Brandon $695,000 (Bolden’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $615,000)
Mitchell, Malcolm $684,498
Housler, Rob $620,000 (Rob Housler’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $615,000)

The salaries of the below players are not counting against the Patriots salary cap because of the Top 51 rule

Foster, D.J. $0
Lucien, Devin $0
Lengel, Matt $0
Williams, Michael $0
Gronkowski, Glenn $0

Some frequently asked questions about the salary cap implications of Danny Amendola’s paycut

Q: Did you expect this paycut?
A: Yes. For months I have been advising my Twitter followers to bet everything that Danny Amendola would not be on the Patriots Week 1 roster playing with a $7.8M cap hit.

Q: What surprised you about the paycut?
A: The inclusion of the offseason workout bonus

Q: How much was the paycut in 2015?
A: It ended up being $1,787,500 after factoring in the 2015 incentives he earned.

Q: How much was the paycut in 2016?
A: $3,887,500

Q: How much of Amendola’s deal is guaranteed?
A: $1.35 million which consists of his 2017 salary of $1.25 million and his $100,000 signing bonus.

Q: Does this pay-cut guarantee a spot on the 53-man roster for Danny Amendola?
A: I think so. Now consider him a roster lock along with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Malcolm Mitchell.

Q: What was the maximum pay-cut that Amendola could have received?
A: Lowering Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million to $900,000, the lowest minimum salary for a player with Danny Amendola’s experience along with eliminating his 46-man active roster bonus would have resulted in a 2016 cash intake of just $900,000 for a cap savings of $5,475,000. I strongly doubt that Amendola would have agreed to such a paycut

Q: Exactly how much cap space did this paycut create?
A: $4,750,000

Q: What would be the dead money hit if Amendola is cut in 2017 during roster cutdowns?
A: $2,816,668

Q: What would be the dead money hit if Amendola is traded in 2017 during the roster cutdowns?
A: $1,566,668

Q: Why the differing amounts?
A: His guaranteed salary would go to his new team

Q: How much cap space would be created if Danny Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $225,000

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: As of 6:40AM April 25th $20,027,765

Q: Do the Patriots now have enough cap space for the rest of the year?
A: Very much so.

Q: How much could Danny Amendola earned under original deal?
A: $31 million if he was active for every game and earn his $500,000 receptions all five years.

Q: How much is Danny Amendola now scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2017 after his three paycuts?
A: $17,887,500 – over $13 million dollars less than originally scheduled.

Q: Have you ever heard of a player taking a pay cut 3 straight years?
A: No. But it is unusual for a restructure not to address future years at the same time. In 2015 Amendola’s paycut did not change the terms of the 2016/2017 years. In 2016 Amendola’s paycut did not change the terms of the 2017 year.

Q: What do you think of the praise that Amendola gets for taking a paycut?
A: Personally, I would not praise a player for agreeing to take a market-value deal in the same way I would not praise my realtor for selling my home for its market value. $1.7M is right around his value to the Patriots. $1.7M probably makes Amendola one of the highest paid, if not the highest paid, 4th/5th receiver on a team.

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Defending Super Bowl Champs Pats place 1st round RFA tender on Super Bowl XLIX hero – Malcolm Butler

Miguel Benzan
March 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm ET

Today we learned that the Patriots placed a first round RFA tender on Malcolm Butler. This blog hopes to explain the RFA tender process.

BACKGROUND:

A restricted free agent is a player with 3 or less accrued seasons at the completion of their contract. The team can choose one of three right of refusal tenders on the player. A first round tender, second round tender, or original draft position tender. Each tender has an assigned contract value amount. Another team can attempt to sign the player to a new contract, but the original team has the right to match it. If the original team does not match they will receive draft value equaling the original tender. If a team places a 1st round tender on a RFA and another team signs that player to a tender offer and the player’s old team does not match the player’s old team will get the new team’s 2017 first round pick. If a team places a 2nd round tender on a RFA and another team signs that player to a tender offer and the player’s old team does not match the player’s old team will get the new team’s 2017 second round pick. If a team places a low round tender on a RFA and another team signs that player to a tender offer and the player’s old team does not match the player’s old team will get the new team’s draft selection at the player’s original draft round. The player’s old team will not receive any draft picks if the player was undrafted.

Butler has three accrued seasons (2014, 2015 and 2016 ). His 2014 contract will reach its completion at 3:59:59 PM March 9 (the end of the 2016 NFL League Year). His 2017 salary will be $3.91 million. Butler’s 2017 salary will not be guaranteed. He will start to receive his salary during the regular season. He will earn $230,000 ($3,910,000 divided by 17 weeks). Please note that NFL players are paid during their team’s bye week.

Hopefully, that is enough background. I would now like to go over the possible scenarios.

Withdrawing the Tender before Malcolm Butler signs it:
This is by far the least likely scenario. If the Patriots withdraw the tender before Malcolm signs it, he immediately becomes a street free agent. He then could sign with any team in the NFL and the Patriots would not receive any compensation in either 2017 or in 2018. Under this scenario, Malcolm would not qualify for the compensatory pick calculations.

Waiving Malcolm Butler after he has signed the tender:
If the Patriots waive Malcolm after he has signed the tender, he then goes through the waiver process. If claimed, his new team would then become responsible for his $3.91 million salary. Until after the 3rd week of the 2017 season the waiver order is set by the 2016 record so the Browns would have top priority in claimimg any waived player. If unclaimed, he immediately becomes a street free agent. He then could sign with any team in the NFL and the Patriots would not receive any compensation in either 2017 or in 2018. Under this scenario, Malcolm would not qualify for the compensatory pick calculations.

Malcolm Butler signs tender and does not sign an offer sheet from another team:
Malcolm would then play the 2017 season with his salary being $3.91 million. He would then become an UFA after the 2017 season. He could then receive the franchise tag in 2018. The 2017 franchise tag for cornerbacks is $14.212 million. It is likely to be over $15 million in 2018.

Malcolm Butler does not sign tender but agrees to a long-term extension with the Patriots:
Malcolm would then play the 2017 season under the terms of his extension. Most recent precedent is the extension that linebacker Brandon Marshall reached with the Denver Broncos in June 2016 after receiving a 2nd round tender in March of that year.

Here is what I consider a fair deal between Butler and the Patriots. Please note that I consider him a Top 5 cornerback. Please note that if Malcolm was an UFA this offseason I would expect him to reach a deal in the 14M to 15M range.

Butler deal projection

Malcolm Butler does not sign his tender and does not sign an offer sheet from another team:
On June 15th the Patriots have the right to lower his tender offer from $3.91 million to 110% of his 2016 salary or $660,000.

Malcolm Butler does not sign his tender and decides not to show up for OTAs and the preseason:
As long as Malcolm shows up for the last six games he will obtain credit for an accrued season in 2017 and then become an UFA in 2018. Precedent – Logan Mankins in 2010. Malcolm would forgo his weekly salary – $230,000 if tender remains at $3.91 million; $38,824 if tender is lowered to $660,000. It is likely that under this scenario that the Patriots will be given some time to absorb Butler onto their 53-man roster.

Malcolm Butler receives an offer sheet from another team and signs it:
If the Patriots tender Malcolm Butler and another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Patriots do not match that offer sheet, the Patriots will receive his new team’s 2017 first round pick. If a team like the Cleveland Browns has multiple first-round picks, they must give up their assigned pick or a pick that is better than their assigned pick. If a team like the Los Angeles Rams does not have a first-round pick, they must acquire a first-round pick that is equal or better than their assigned first round pick in order to sign Butler to an offer sheet. A team like the Minnesota Vikings who does not have a first-round pick does not acquire a first-round pick that is better than their assigned first round pick they can not sign Butler to an offer sheet. The Patriots have 5 days to match the offer. The first day that Malcolm can sign an offer sheet is March 9th when free agency begins. The last day is April 21st. If the Patriots match the offer, the offer is then the contract that Malcolm plays under the 2017 season. Please note that if Butler wants to leave the Patriots he and his new team could work a trade for less than a 1st round pick as doubtful as that may be.

Who are the teams that are prohibited by the CBA to go after Malcolm?
Minnesota Vikings No 1st round pick
Los Angeles Rams No 1st round pick

Who are the teams that I doubt would go after Malcolm Butler? 
Cleveland Browns  – Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
San Francisco 49ers –  Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
Chicago Bears  – Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
Jacksonville Jaguars –  Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
New York Jets – Not enough cap space
San Diego Chargers – Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
Carolina Panthers – Did not sign Josh Norman to a long-term deal last year.
Cincinnati Bengals-  Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
Buffalo Bills  – Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
New Orleans Saints –  Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler
Arizona Cardinals – Draft Slot is too high to give up for Butler and Chandler Jones franchise tag will take up space
Philadelphia Eagles – The 15th pick is not better than their original pick at 12
Baltimore Ravens – Not enough cap space
Washington Redskins-  Need is not high enough
Denver Broncos –  No Need
Miami Dolphins – Need is not high enough
New York Giants – Need is not high enough
Houston Texans – If they can’t afford Bouye, can’t afford Butler and giving up a 1st rounder
Seattle Seahawks –  Not enough cap space
Kansas City Chiefs – Not enough cap space
Dallas Cowboys  – Not enough cap space
Pittsburgh Steelers  – May not have enough cap space after tagging Bell and move does not fit modus operandi
Atlanta Falcons –  Need is not high enough

Who are the teams that may be should go after Malcolm but I doubt that they will?Indianapolis Colts – The Trent Richardson failure may prevent them from making this move
Oakland Raiders  – Have need but cap space may be taken up by Carr and/or Mack
Green Bay Packers –  Need but move does not fit modus operandi

Who are the team who could go after Malcolm?
Tennessee Titans – Have both cap Space, Need
Tampa Bay Buccaneers –  Have need and cap space
Detroit Lions  – Have both cap Space, Need

Q: What is an accrued season?
A: An accrued season is a season during which the player was at full pay status for a minimum of 6 regular season games. They player does not gain an accrued season if the player is on Reserve PUP, Commissioner’s Exempt List, or a team’s practice squad. Games on Injured Reserve do count in the accrued season calculation.

Q: How many accrued seasons does Malcolm Butler have?
A: Three

Q: How much money has Malcom Butler made in salary during his NFL career?
A: 2014 – $420,000
2015 – $510,000
2016 – $600,000
for a total of $1,530,000. This is just salary and does not include postseason pay and performance-based pay.

Q: If a team offers a contract to Malcolm Butler, in what draft (2017 or 2018) will their first round pick come from if the Patriots decide not to match?
A: The 2017 draft

Q: Can the Rams or the Vikings who do not currently have a 2017 first-round pick sign Malcolm to an offer sheet?
A: They would need to first obtain a 1st round pick that is equal or better than their original pick (Rams – 1st overall pick through the 5th overall pick; Vikings – – 1st overall pick through the 14th overall pick)

Q: What pick would the Browns who currently have two first round picks have to give up if they signed Malcolm Butler?
A: Their original pick (the #1 overall pick) and not the 12th overall pick

Q: What pick would the Titans who currently have two first round picks have to give up if they signed Malcolm Butler?
A: Their original pick (the #18 overall pick) and not the 5th overall pick.

Q: Who was the last RFA to be signed away on a first round tender?
A: Laveranues Coles in the 2003 draft. Washington signed Coles to a 7-year $35 million deal that included a $13 million signing bonus. In 2003 the franchise tag number for a wide receivers was $5.01 million so Coles received franchise player money. The Jets declined to match and then received Washington’s 1st round pick in the 2003 draft (the 13th overall). On April 25, 2003 the Jets traded the 13th overall pick to the Bears as a part of a trade to move up to the 4th overall pick to then select Dewayne Robertson.

Q: Can an offer sheet contain poison pills?
A: No.

Q: What Patriot players are contenders to be tagged in 2018 besides Malcolm?
A: Jimmy Garoppolo. Please note that Nate Solder cannot be tagged in 2018 per an agreed-upon clause in his deal.

Q: Is Malcolm Butler’s 2017 salary guaranteed like the salaries of franchise-tagged players?
A: No.

Added on March 9th:

Q: Could Malcolm Butler talk to the 31 other teams  during the legal tampering period?
A: No.

Q: Can Malcolm Butler negotiate with the 31 other teams  after 4PM March 9th?
A: Yes.

Q: Can Malcolm Butler be traded without first signing the tender?
A: No

Q: How would a trade with another team work?

A: The Patriots and the other team agree on the terms of the trade (be it Butler for a player or Butler for draft picks or some combination of the three).  Butler and other team agree to a deal. The NFLPA then approves trade. Butler signs tender. Trade is then executed. Butler and other team then executes long-term deal.

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Danny Amendola’s 2017 salary cap scenarios with the Super Bowl Champions

Miguel Benzan
February 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm ET

On February 19 ESPN’s Mike Reiss opined that the “receiver Danny Amendola, who won’t be back on his current contract, which calls for a base salary of $6 million”. Since Mike is so well-respected his projection took off on the Internet and we have been seeing a good numbers now on Danny Amendola. This blog will attempt to provide some background and then project what will happen. My blog will then end with its typical question and answers section.

BACKGROUND:

Original Deal:

In March 2013 Danny Amendola signed a 5-year deal $31 million deal with the Patriots. The deal included $10 million fully guaranteed (6 million signing bonus, 2 million 2013 salary, and 2 million of his 2014 3 million salary).  The deal contained $31,250 46-man active roster bonuses. Amendola’s original deal included $250,000 NLTBE (Not Likely to Be Earned) incentive for catching 90 passes and $250,000 incentive for catching 110 passes.

2015 Restructure:

In March of 2015 update Danny Amendola and the Patriots restructured his deal. His 2015 salary was lowered from $4 million to $1.25 million while Amendola was given a $500,000 signing bonus which was prorated over the 2015/2016/2017 seasons. Danny Amendola’s $500,000 receptions incentive was increased to $750,000. The $750,000 receptions incentive was tiered. Amendola had 65 receptions in 2015 while being active for 14 games.

40 catches for $150,000 – Earned
50 catches for another $150,000 ($300,000 total) – Earned
60 catches for another $225,000 ($525,000 total) – Earned
70 catches for another $225,000 ($750,000 total) – Unearned

Under the original deal Amendola could have earned in 2015 $4,500,000 in cash if he was active for 16 games. He ended up after earning most of his incentives he earned $2,712,500 ($1.25M salary, $500,000 signing bonus, $525,000 receptions incentives, and $437,500 in 46-man active roster bonuses). So Amendola ended up earning $1,787,500 less than the original deal.

2016 Restructure:

On May 10, 2016 the Boston Globe’ Ben Volin tweeted that the “Danny Amendola was supposed to have a $5m salary and $6.8m cap hit. New deal has $1.25m salary, $100k signing bonus and $250k per-game bonus”; “Amendola’s new deal guarantees him $1.35m, all this year. His 2017 wasn’t touched — $6m salary, $500k in per-game, $500k incentives, $0 gtd”; “His new cap number this year is $2,916,666. So #Patriots save $3.4m in cash and $3.9m in salary cap on Amendola” and “Amendola gets $25,000 per game active, but only up to 10 games”.

Before the 2016 paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number was $6,804,166 which consisted of a:
* $5 million salary
* $1,366,666 in signing bonus proration
* $437,500 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

After the 2016 paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number became $2,916,666 which consisted of a
* $1.25 million salary
* $1,416,666 in signing bonus proration
* $250,000 ($25,000 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus for a maximum of 10 games.

Under the original deal Amendola could have earned in 2016 $5,500,000 in cash if he was active for 16 games. After being active for 12 games he ended up earning $1,600,000 ($1.25M salary, $100,000 signimng bonus, and $250,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses). So Amendola ended up earning $3,900,000 less than the original deal.

2017 Current Structure:

After the 2015/2016 restructure/paycuts Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number is now $7,791,668 which consisted of a
* $6 million salary
* $1,200,000 in 2013 signing bonus proration
* $166,668 in 2015 signing bonus proration
* $50,000 in 2016 signing bonus proration
* $375,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola's Deals Compared

Danny Amendola’s $7.79 million cap hit is currently the 4th highest on the 2017 Patriots and is the highest of Brady’s offensive weapons. PatsPulpit’s Brian Phillips does a great job of comparing Amendola to Edelman and Gronkowski.
Danny Amendola – $7,791,668
Rob Gronkowski – $6,618,750
Julian Edelman – $5,750,000
Chris Hogan – $2,968,750
Dion Lewis – $1,487,500
James White – $789,272
Malcolm Mitchell – $684,498
Rob Housler – $615,000
DJ Foster – $540,000
Matt Lengel – $540,000

The salaries of the below players are not counting against the Patriots salary cap because of the Top 51 rule
Glenn Gronkowski – $465,000
Devin Lucien – $465,000
Tyler Gaffney – $465,000

Danny Amendola’s $7.79 million cap hit is currently the 21st highest out of all wide receivers in the NFL. His possible cash intake of $6.5 million is also the 21st highest. I consider Amendola at best the 3rd best wide receiver on the Patriots and I do not consider him a number 1 wide receiver.

Hopefully, that is more than enough background.

Possible Scenarios

Cut or Trade Danny Amendola before June 1:

Amendola’s 2017 cap number would then decrease from $7,791,668 to $1,416,668 – the rest of his signing bonus proration for a gross cap savings of $6.375 million. Since a player with a $465,000 salary would then take his place in the Top 51 list, the net cap savings for the Patriots would be $5,910,000 ($6.375 million minus $465,000).

Danny Amendola retires before June 1:

Amendola’s 2017 cap number would then decrease from $7,791,668 to $1,416,668 – the rest of his signing bonus proration for a gross cap savings of $6.375 million. Since a player with a $465,000 salary would then take his place in the Top 51 list, the net cap savings for the Patriots would be $5,910,000 ($6.375 million minus $465,000).

Cut Danny Amendola before June 2 and make him a post June 1 designation:

That means the Pats would carry his $6 million salary and his $375,000 roster bonus on their books until June 2nd. On June 2nd he would be released. His 2017 cap number would then drop from $7,791,668 to $1,416,668 – the rest of his signing bonus proration for a gross cap savings of $6.375 million. Since a player with a $465,000 salary would then take his place in the Top 51 list, the net cap savings for the Patriots would be $5,910,000 ($6.375 million minus $465,000).

Cut or Trade Danny Amendola after June 1:

Amendola’s 2017 cap number would then decrease from $7,791,668 to $1,416,668 – the rest of his signing bonus proration for a gross cap savings of $6.375 million. Since a player with a $540,000 salary would then take his place in the Top 51 list, the net cap savings for the Patriots would be $5,835,000 ($6.375 million minus $540,000).

Danny Amendola retires after June 1:

Amendola’s 2017 cap number would then decrease from $7,791,668 to $1,416,668 – the rest of his signing bonus proration for a gross cap savings of $6.375 million. Since a player with a $540,000 salary would then take his place in the Top 51 list, the net cap savings for the Patriots would be $5,835,000 ($6.375 million minus $540,000).

Lower Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million to $1.5 million:
This would lower his 2017 cap number from $7,791,668 to $2,916,668 for a cap savings of $4.5 million. If Danny Amendola is active for all 16 games, he will then earn $2 million in cash which is more than he earned in 2016 so one could look as this as a raise.

Lower Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million to x million with a chance to recoup reduced salary by reaching NLTBE incentives (This is my preferred scenario)
Danny Amendola could agree to lower his salary and he would have the chance to earn the money back by reaching NLTBE incentives. The incentives could be for

  1. Receptions – Anything more than 23 receptions would be NLTBE
  2. Receiving Yards – Anything more than 243 receiving yards would be NLTBE
  3. Receiving TDs – Anything more than 4 receiving TD would be NLTBE
  4. Wins – Anything more than 14 wins would be NLTBE

These incentives could have different levels. One example is
250 yards – is worth $250,000
500 yards – is worth another $250,000 for a total of $500,000
800 yards – is worth another $500,000 for a total of $1 million

Another example would be to copy his 2015 receptions incentives tiers:

* 40 catches for $150,000
* 50 catches for another $150,000 ($300,000 total)
* 60 catches for another $225,000 ($525,000 total)
* 70 catches for another $225,000 ($750,000 total)

Lower Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million while extending his contract by a year and giving Amendola a signing bonus

Example  – Lower Danny Amendola’s salary to $1 million while giving him a $1,000,000 signing bonus. His 2018 salary would be $2 million. His 2017 cap number would be lowered by $4.5 million. His 2018 cap number would be $2.5 million. I will be surprised if Amendola’s extension happens because I have heard on at least one podcast that Amendola is thinking of retiring this year.

Lower Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million to $900,000
$900,000 is the lowest minimum salary for a player with Danny Amendola’s experience for a cap savings of $5,100,000. I doubt that Amendola would agree to such a drastic paycut.

Questions and Answers:

Q: What has been Danny Amendola’s average season with the Patriots?
A: 13.5 regular season games, 431 yards, and 2.5 touchdowns. In 10 postseason games Amendola has caught 31 passes for a total of 361 yards. 4 of his 31 postseason receptions with the Patriots have been for touchdowns

Q: Will the possible return of Michael Floyd play an impact in what happens with Danny Amendola?
A: No. Since
1. Floyd will be suspended for at least 2 games.
2. Injuries happen.
3. Not the same type of wideout
4. Danny Amendola is not worth up to 6.5m in cash for one year

Q: Do you know if any player has taken a paycut 3 straight years?
A: Not that I can recall. Then again, most paycuts also involve lowering future years’ salaries. That did not happen in 2015 or in 2016 with Danny.

Q: Do you think that Danny Amendola will get $6.5 million on 1-year deal from any NFL team?
A: I do not.

Q: Do you think that Amendola’s postseason performance is worth $6.5 million to the Patriots?
A: No, I do not. After his 2014 postseason the Patriots asked Amendola to take a paycut.

Q: Where does Amendola’s $7.8 million cap hit rank among the 2017 Patriots?
A: Fourth, after Brady, Solder, and McCourty.

Q: Did you expect the 2016 paycut?
A: Yes.

Q: What surprised you about the 2016 paycut?
A: The large amount. Had projected cap savings of between 2 and 3 million. Ended up being $3,887,500.

Q: Did anything else surprised you about the 2016 paycut?
A: Surprised that Amendola was not given a chance to earn back some of the money by reaching NTLBE (Not Likely to be Earned Incentives).

Q: How much was the paycut in 2015?
A: It ended up being $1,787,500 after factoring in the 2015 incentives he earned.

Q: How much is the paycut in 2016?
A: $3,900,000

Q: How much of Amendola’s 2017 cash is now guaranteed?
A: None.

Q: What is the maximum pay-cut that Amendola can receive?
A: Lowering Danny Amendola’s salary from $6 million to $900,000 –  the lowest minimum salary for a player with Danny Amendola’s experience along with eliminating his 46-man active roster bonus will result in a 2017 cash intake of just $900,000 for a cap savings of $5,100,000.

Q:  How did the 2016 pay-cut change Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number?
A:  It increased it by $50,000 – the 2017 proration of his 2016 $100,000 signing bonus

Q: What would be the dead money hit if Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $1,416,668

Q: How much cap space would be created if Danny Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $6,375,000 (Gross). The net would be less depending on the salary of the player who takes Amendola’s spot on the Top 51 list.

Q: Do you expect Danny Amendola to be playing for the Patriots at his current cap number of $7,916,668
A: No. Expect that he will agree to a third paycut, retire or be released. If he does agree to a third paycut, expect his 2017 cash intake to be between $1.5 million and $1.75 million.

Q: How much was Danny Amendola scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2017 under original deal?
A: $28.5 million if he was active for every game.

Q: How much is Danny Amendola now scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2017 after his two paycuts?
A: $22,687,500, almost $6 million dollars less.

Q: If Danny Amendola retires, could the Patriots ask him to pay back his signing bonus?
A: They could but I highly doubt that they will.

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The Patriots reportedly want to extend their greatest player ever – Tom Brady

Miguel Benzan
February 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm ET

On February 5, 2017 NFL.Com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “In their long-term planning, #Patriots believe QB Tom Brady will play 3-5 more years, sources say. That’s why trading Jimmy G is possible” and that “Patriots will look to extend QB Tom Brady next offseason, source says. Clear indication they believe his proclamation to play into his 40s.”

Tom Brady, the fifth oldest player in the NFL, is 39 years old and just completed the greatest season ever for a 39-year old quarterback. Tom Brady who will turn 40 on August 3rd is signed through the 2019 season.

His 2017 cap number of $14,000,000 consists of

* $1 million salary
* $6 million proration of his 2013 signing bonus
* $7 million proration of his 2016 signing bonus

His 2018 cap number of $22,000,000 consists of

* $14 million salary
* $1 million in 46-man active roster bonuses ($62,500 per game)
* $7 million proration of his 2016 signing bonus

His 2019 cap number of $22,000,000 consists of

* $14 million salary
* $1 million in 46-man active roster bonuses ($62,500 per game)
* $7 million proration of his 2016 signing bonus

Therefore, Tom Brady, one of the league’s best players, is currently scheduled to receive $31 million in cash the next three seasons (2017/2018/2019).

Tom Brady's extension with a $28m signing bonus

Some frequently asked questions about the salary cap implications of Brady’s reported extension

Q: How much can the Patriots can lower Brady’s 2017 cap hit of 14 million?
A: It is impossible for the Patriots to lower Brady’s 2017 cap hit of 14 million since his 2017 salary is already at the minimum for a player with his experience.

Q: When do you think that the extension will happen?
A: In 2018 since Ian’s tweet said “next offseason”.  If it had said “this offseason” I would think that the extension would happen during the 2017 League Year.

Q: How will this reported Brady extension impact signing Hightower, Bennett, Sheard, etc?
A: It should not have any impact since with over 61 million in projected cap space for the 2017 season the Patriots have more than enough cap space to do anything they want in 2017.

Q: What do you expect the extension to look like?
A: Expect it to add two more years to his deal so that he would then be signed through the 2021 season. Would expect the 2020/2021 seasons to contain 46-man active roster bonuses. Expect that the 30 million in cash that is due Brady for the 2018 and 2019 season would be given to him as a signing bonus.
Projecting Tom Brady's extension

Q: What is Jimmy Garoppolo’s salary cap status?
A: He is signed through the 2017 season.
He is due $820,077 in cash from the Patriots in 2017.

Q: What would be the salary cap consequences of a Garoppolo trade?
A: If Jimmy Garoppolo is traded his 2017 dead money would be $213,436. If Jimmy Garoppolo is traded, Pats will create $430,077 in cap space in 2016 as a player with a $465,000 salary will then take his place in the Top 51 list.

Q: What is Jacoby Brissett’s salary cap status?
A: He is signed through the 2019 season.
He is due $820,077 in cash from the Patriots in 2017

Q: Did the Patriots extend Brady last year?
A: Yes, the Patriots did extend Tom Brady in March of 2016.

Q: How many positional players in the NFL are older than Tom Brady?
A: Zero. The four players who are older than Brady are kickers (Adam Vinatieri, Phil Dawson, Matt Bryant) or a punter (Shane Lechler).

Q: How many Patriots are currently signed for the 2021 season?
A: One – Marcus Cannon

Q: How many Patriots are currently signed for the 2020 season?
A: One – Marcus Cannon

Q: How many Patriots are currently signed for the 2019 season?
A: Eleven – Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Marcus Cannon, Cyrus Jones, Jacoby Brissett, Joe Thuney, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Ted Karras, and Elandon Roberts. The Patriots have an option for the 2019 season with Malcom Brown.

Q: How many Patriots are currently signed for the 2018 season?
A: Twenty-Six – Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Marcus Cannon, Cyrus Jones, Jacoby Brissett, Joe Thuney, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Ted Karras, Elandon Roberts, Stephen Gostkowski, Patrick Chung, Shea McClellin, Chris Hogan, Malcom Brown, Jonathan Freeny, Ryan Allen, Jordan Richards, Eric Rowe, Trey Flowers, Tre’ Jackson, Shaq Mason, Joe Cardona, Jonathan Jones, and DJ Foster. As you can see from the four above answers the Patriots pretty much have a clean slate to work with to build a team around Tom Brady.

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Comparing the Patriots Week 1 53-man roster to the Patriots Super Bowl LI 53-man roster

Miguel Benzan
February 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm ET

I thought that it would be interesting to look at the changes by position in the Patriots 53-man roster since Week 1. Please note that the players are sorted by descending cap number.

Quarterback

Week 1 (2)
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Super Bowl (3)
Tom Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Brady was suspended Week 1.

Running Back

Week 1 (5)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster

Super Bowl (6)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster
Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis was on PUP Week 1.

Wide Receiver

Week 1 (4)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell

Super Bowl (5)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell
Michael Floyd

The Patriots claimed Michael Floyd off waivers on December 15th.

Tight End

Week 1 (4)
Rob Gronkowski
Martellus Bennett
Clay Harbor
A.J. Derby

Super Bowl (2)
Martellus Bennett
Matt Lengel

Clay Harbor was released on October 3rd. A.J. Derby was traded to the Broncos on October 25th. Matt Lengel was signed off the Bengals practice squad on November 2nd. The Patriots placed Rob Gronkowski on IR on December 3rd.

Center

Week 1 (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

Super Bowl (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

No change

Guard

Week 1 (3)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason
Jonathan Cooper

Super Bowl (2)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason

Jonathan Cooper was waived on October 8th.

Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

Super Bowl (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

No change

To basically sum up the changes on the offensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, and Michael Floyd for Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Cooper, and Clay Harbor.

Cornerback

Week 1 (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

Super Bowl (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

No change

Safety

Week 1 (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

Super Bowl (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

No change

Defensive End

Week 1 (3)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers

Super Bowl (4)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers
Geneo Grissom

No change

Defensive Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine
Anthony Johnson

Super Bowl (3)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine

Linebacker

Week 1 (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Shea McClellin
Jonathan Freeny
Jamie Collins
Elandon Roberts

Super Bowl (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Rob Ninkovich
Shea McClellin
Kyle Van Noy
Elandon Roberts

Rob Ninkovich was suspended Week 1. Jonathan Freeny was placed on Injured Reserve on October 15th. Kyle Van Noy was acquired from the Detroit Lions in a trade on October 25th. Jamie Collins was traded to the Cleveland Browns on October 31.

To basically sum up the changes on the defensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Rob Ninkovich, Kyle Van Noy, and Geneo Grissom for Jamie Collins, Anthony Johnson, and Jonathan Freeny.

Special Teams

Week 1 (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

Super Bowl (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

No change

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What impact will the Jamie Collins signing have on the Patriots extending Dont’a Hightower?

Miguel Benzan
January 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm ET

On January 23, 2017 the NFL.Com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “The contract extension for #Browns LB Jamie Collins: 4 years, $50M, source said. $26M in guarantees. Large.” It was later reported that Jamie Collins, the former New England Patriots linebacker, received $26.55 million in guarantees.

This blog will attempt to look at any possible impact on the contract negotiations between Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots.

BackGround:
Non-Pass Rush Linebacker Deals Ranked by Paper APY
1.) James Collins – $12,500,000
2.) Luke Kuechly – $10,708,366
3.) Navorro Bowman – $9,650,000
4.) Bobby Wagner – $8,795,485
5.) Lawrence Timmons – $8,333,333
6.) Brian Cushing – $7,949,000

Non-Pass Rush Linebacker Deals Ranked by New Money APY
1.) Jamie Collins – $12,500,000
2.) Luke Kuechly – $12,359,059 (not a coincidence that 59 is repeated. 59 is his uniform number)
3.) Navorro Bowman – $11,000,000
4.) Bobby Wagner – $10,750,000
5.) Lawrence Timmons – $9,559,150
6.) Brian Cushing – $8,750,000

As of January 23rd, Jamie Collins using the New Money APY metric is now the 4th highest linebacker in the NFL behind Von Miller ($19,083,833), Justin Houston ($17 million) and Clay Matthews ($13.2 million). Collins is now tied for the 19th highest paid defender using the New Money APY metric. Jamie Collins is now the highest paid non-pass rush linebacker in the NFL. Von Miller and Justin Houston are the only linebackers scheduled to receive more cash in the first four years of their deals than Collins.

Dont’a Hightower was drafted in the first round pick in 2012 by the Patriots. Hightower has played in 67 of 80 regular season games and 11 of 11 playoff games. The one interception of Hightower’s career occurred during the Colts game in the 2013 playoffs. Hightower has 13 defended passes, has forced two fumbles, recovered 3 fumbles, has 17 sacks and has averaged over 80 total tackles a season. Hightower is one of the four captains for the Patriots this season. Hightower is considered one of the team’s leaders. Hightower is highly regarding for his run-stuffing ability and for his ability to pass-rush when called upon. To say that Hightower is tough is an understatement. A constant presence on the injury report Dont’a Hightower has played through injuries during the regular season and has never missed playing in a playoff game. Made a game-saving tackle at the end of Super Bowl XLIX with a bad shoulder.

Dont’a Hightower is 26 years old and he will turn 27 on March 12, days after NFL free agency begins in 2017. 2016 was the option year of his rookie deal. His 2016 cap number was $7,755,875 which consisted of his $7,751,000 fully guaranteed salary and $4,875 in offseason workout bonus money.

Here are Hightower’s snap counts
2016 – 68%
2015 – 54%
2014 – 77%
2013 – 75%
2012 – 52%

Hopefully, that is enough background. Let’s look at why the Collins deal is good for the Patriots in their bid to extend Hightower.

Jamie Collins’ deal while now being the highest non-pass rush linebacker is relatively easy to top while not also overpaying Hightower. If Collins had gotten paid as a top pass-rush linebacker (17M to 19M) or as a hybrid linebacker (splitting the difference between pass-rush and non-pass rush) at around 15M to 16M surpassing that would mean paying Hightower as an elite pass-rushing linebacker which he is not. With Collins’ deal having a value of $12.5M APY a Hightower deal in the $11 to $14 million per year average range is both fair for both sides and would recognize

1.) that Hightower is one of the league’s best inside linebackers
2.) that he is closer to free agency than Wagner, Collins and Kuechly were when they signed their extensions
3.) that the cap has shown a pattern of increasing by 8% a year
4.) that the Patriots traded away Collins and not him.

Let’s take ourselves into the negotiations between Hightower’s agent and the Patriots.

Let’s venture a guess that this is the Patriots’ initial offer.
The first mirrors the Vollmer 2013 structure in that it will make Hightower as highest paid inside linebacker if he remains healthy to earn all of his incentives.  The incentives are:

1.) $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive. This would be considered LTBE (Likely to Be Earned) for the 2017 season since Hightower was an original ballot Pro Bowler in 2016.
2.) a 1 million  roster bonus payable on the 3rd day of the League year that is earned by playing 80 percent of snaps the prior year
3.) Playing-time incentives $500,000 at 70%; $1,000,000 at 75%; $1,250,000 at 80%; $1,750,000 at 85%. These incentives would be considered NLTBE (Not Likely to Be Earned) since Hightower did not play in 70% of the snaps in 2016.

* $18 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2017/2018/2019/2020/2021)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Dont'a 11M APY Deal

These would be the cap hits if Dont’a earned all of his incentives

Dont'a 14M APY after incentives deal

Would expect Hightower’s camp to counter with an offer whose only incentives are his 46-man active roster bonuses.

Dont'a 14M APY Deal

* 20 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 4 years (2017/2018/2019/2020)

* $600,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Expect the two sides to eventually come to a middle ground that has features from both sides. 5-year deal for the Patriots. Strong guarantees for Hightower. Offseason Workout Bonus for the Patriots. Bragging Rights for Hightower.

Dont'a 13M APY Deal

I polled my Twitter followers asking them “What will happen with Dont’a Hightower? If League Cap =168M LB franchise tag = 14.754M”
25% of them project Hightower to play the 2017 season under the franchise tag.
6% of them project Hightower to leave the Patriots during free agency.
42% of them project Hightower to sign a deal that is greater than Jamie Collins’.
27 of them project Hightower to sign a deal that is less than Collins’.

Q: Would the Patriots make Hightower one of the highest paid inside linebackers?
A: The Patriots made Mayo one of the highest paid inside linebackers (9.75M APY) late in 2011. The 2012 cap was just over $120 million. It is very likely that since it has been projected to be between 166M and 170M that the 2017 cap will be at least a third greater than the 2012 cap.

Q: What was the 2016 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: 14.129 million

Q: What is your estimate for the 2017 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: Close to 15 million if the League Cap is 170 million.

Q: When is the deadline to franchise tag Hightower?
A: 4PM, March 1

Q: If tagged, when is the deadline to reach a long-term with Hightower?
A: 4PM, July 15

Q: Why tag Hightower if the Patriots plan to reach a long-term deal?
A: It gives both sides more time to come to an agreement without giving another team the opportunity to sign Hightower.

Q: Is it possible that Hightower will become unhappy if the Patriots tag him?
A: Yes but a team should not negotiate out of fear. The franchise tag is a negotiating tool and teams have every right to use it. The Patriots have seen both Wilfork and Mankins verbally show their displeasure with the Patriots regarding their contracts and both later signed lucrative extensions with the Patriots. Great deal of money tends to dissipate any existing ill-well.

Q: What has happened with previously tagged Patriots during the BB era?
A: 2002 – Adam. Signed an multi-year extension
2003 – Tebucky Jones. Traded in April to the Saints for 3 draft picks.
2005 – Adam. Played the season under the tag. Left in 2006 for the Colts.
2007 – Asante Samuel. Played the season under the tag. Left in 2008 for the Eagles.
2009 – Matt Cassel. Traded with Mike Vrabel a day after free agency began to the Chiefs
2010 – Wilfork – Signed an extension a couple of weeks after being tagged
2011 – Mankins – Signed an extension in August.
2012 – Welker. Played the season under the tag. Left in 2013 for the Broncos.
2015 – Gostkowski – Signed tender in March. Reached an extension in July.

Q: What is the new money APY metric?
A: It divides the new money received by a player by the number of new years in contract. Examples = Collins is scheduled to receive $50 million over 4 years. 50/4 = 12.5 Chung signed an one-year extension in 2016. It gave him $5.7 million in new money over the 3 years (2016/2017/2018) of the new deal. Chung’s new money APY is $5.7 million.

Q: What is the paper money APY metric?
A: It divides the money received by a player by the number of years in contract. Examples = Collins is scheduled to receive $50 million over 4 years. 50/4 = 12.5M new money. Chung signed an one-year extension in 2016. It is scheduled to give him $9.9 million in money over the 3 years (2016/2017/2018) of the new deal. Chung’s paper money APY is $3.3 million. Paper money will equal New Money when the player is signing an brand new deal. The New Money APY metric is the one used to compare deals.

Q: What were the details of the Jamie Collins trade?
A: In October the Patriots traded Jamie Collins, a 2013 second round pick, to the Cleveland Browns, for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick. The condition is that if the Browns are awarded a 2017 3rd round compensatory pick that pick will be traded to the Patriots and if the Browns are not awarded a 2017 3rd round compensatory pick the Browns will trade their assigned 2018 4th round pick to the Patriots in exchange for Collins. Nick Korte, the compensatory pick guru, projects that the Browns will get a 3rd round compensatory pick (103rd overall) for Alex Mack.

Q: What 2017 draft picks do the Patriots now have?
A:
1 Assigned
2 Assigned
3 Assigned
3 If the Browns are awarded a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017, they will trade it to the Patriots as part of the Jamie Collins trade.
4 Patriots assigned pick. Pats will lose the 4th round pick traded to them by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 as part of the ________ Deflategate punishment.
5 Traded to the Cleveland Browns for Mingo
5 Denver as part of the A.J. Derby trade
5 Compensatory Pick for Akeem Hicks
6 Traded to the Lions for Kyle Van Noy
7 Assigned
7 Lions as part of the Kyle Van Noy trade

Q: What Patriots linebackers are signed for the future?
A: McClellin through 2018
Ninkovich through 2017
Freeny through 2018
Van Noy through 2017
Roberts through 2019

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The Patriots lost 1 million in cap space on September 10th due to Scott Chandler

Miguel Benzan
September 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm ET

On September 10th noticed that the Patriots lost $912,530 in cap space on the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report since the 9th of yesterday. So I tweeted out 3 possible reasons
a.) The injury settlements with Kevin Snyder and/or Tyler Gaffney hit the Patriots salary cap.
b.) An extension with a Patriot was reached increasing that player’s 2016 cap number.
c.) Scott Chandler injury protection

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin replied to my tweet with “The answer is C. Scott Chandler is receiving $1m in injury protection for career-ending knee injury suffered last yr”

Here’s some background on injury protection

Quoting the CBA – “Beginning in the 2016 League Year, any type of In-jury Protection liability shall be included in Team Salary for the League Year for which such Injury Protection applies, or the League Year in which such Injury Protection is paid, agreed to be paid by settlement, or awarded, whichever is later.” Injury Protection was a benefit for the 2011/2012/2013/2014 and 2015 seasons. Scott Chandler qualified for Injury Protection since he underwent surgery in the off-season following the season of injury and was released with failed physical designation. Since Scott Chandler was approved to get the Injury Protection benefit he will receive an amount equal to 50% of his Paragraph 5 Salary for the 2016 season ($2 million) or $1 million. To learn more about Injury Protection review the CBA’s Article 45.

Please note that I am trying to reconcile the $87,470 difference between Scott Chandler’s 1 million injury protection benefit and the $912,530 decrease in cap space.

As of 2 PM Saturday September 10 I have the Patriots salary cap space number as $8,384,790. That number will increase once I learn the details of the Kevin Snyder and Tyler Gaffney injury settlements.

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Breaking down Tom Brady’s 2 year $41 million extension with the New England Patriots

Miguel Benzan
March 10, 2016 at 9:07 am ET

On March 10, 2016 ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted that the “Tom Brady’s 2-year extension with the Patriots has officially been signed. It includes a $28M signing bonus and $41M in new money” and that Tom Brady’s new cap hits by season:
2016: $14M
2017: $14M
2018: $22M
2019: $22M

Background information

Tom Brady’s 2016 cap number of $15,000,000 consisted of

* $9 million salary
* $6 million proration of his 2013 signing bonus

His 2017 cap number of $16,000,000 consisted of

* $10 million salary
* $6 million proration of his 2013 signing bonus

Tom Brady's deal before extension

Tom Brady's extension with a $28m signing bonus

Some frequently asked questions about the salary cap implications of Brady’s extension

Added at 9:30 AM March 10, 2016
Q: Why is it that the cap hits add up to 72 million when Brady is only scheduled to receive 60 million in cash?
A: There are $6 million signing bonus prorations in 2016 and in 2017 from his 2013 signing bonus.

Added at 9:50 AM March 10, 2016
Q: How much of Brady’s deal is guaranteed.
A: 28 million – His signing bonus. His 2016 and 2017 salaries are guaranteed for injury only. His 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed the 3rd day of the 2017 League Year.

Q: What does the $41 million in new money mean?
A: Brady was due to receive $19 million in cash over two years. He will now receive $60 million.

Q: Exactly how much cap space did the extension create?
A: 1 million in 2016 and 2 million in 2017. 3 million total.

Q: What would be the dead money hits if Brady was cut or traded in 2017?
A: Before June 1 – $27M – a 13M increase from his cap hit of $14M.
A: After June 1 – $13M in 2017 and $14M in 2017 leading to a 1M savings in 2017 if traded (no savings if cut) and 8M savings in 2018.

Q: What would be the dead money hits if Brady was cut or traded in 2018?
A: Before June 1 – $14M – a 8M savings from his cap hit of $22M.
A: After June 1 – $7M in 2018 and $7M in 2019 leading to a 15M savings in both 2018 and in 2019

Q: What would be the dead money hits if Brady was cut or traded in 2019?
A: 7M leading to a 15M savings in both 2018 and in 2019

Q: What is Jimmy Garoppolo’s salary cap status?
A: He is signed through the 2017 season.
His 2016 cap number is $950,154.
He is due $736,718 in cash from the Patriots this season.
His 2017 cap number is $1,108,513.
He is due $820,077 in cash from the Patriots in 2017.

Q: What would be the salary cap consequences of a Garoppolo trade?
A: If he is traded his 2017 dead money would both be $213,436 and the Patriots will create $355,077 in cap space as Deatich Wise’s salary would then replace Jimmy G’s $820,077 salary on the Top 51 list.

Q: How does the Brady extension impact Malcolm Butler?
A: The Patriots are now able to use the franchise tag on Malcolm Butler in 2018. If Brady, Garoppolo and Butler were all UFAs in 2018, it would be very likely that the Patriots would use the franchise tag on one of the two quarterbacks.

Q: Where does Tom Brady’s 2017 current cap number of $14 million rank among quarterbacks?
A: 19th.

Q: Where did Tom Brady’s cash intake of $29 million rank among quarterbacks for 2016?
A: 2nd.

Q: Where does Tom Brady’s average cap hit of 20.5M rank as of July 24th, 2017?
A: Fourteenth

Q: Were you surprised by this extension?
A: Yes, thought that it was going to happen last year when Brady’s salary was $8 million.

Q: How does this extension help Brady if he is suspended?
A: It lowers his possible exposure. Players are paid weekly. If suspended for 4 games at a 9 million salary Brady would have lost $2,117,647 in salary. If suspended for 4 games at a 1 million salary, Brady would lose $235,924. The Patriots will get credit on their cap Week 1.

Added at 7:55 PM February 29, 2016
Q: What is your predictions for the deal parameters?
A: Signing Bonus between 20 and 30 million. 2016 and 2017 salaries fully guaranteed. Cap savings between 500,000 and $3 million. If I had to predict one number, it would be $3 million.

Added at 6:30 AM March 1, 2016
Q: The last time Brady extended his contract the Patriots created $15 million in cap space over two years. Was it possible this time?
A: No. Last time Brady was due $30 million in cash over the two-year period. This time $19m. In order to create the $15 million in cap space savings this time Brady would have to agree to lower his total cash intake for 2016 and 2017 to $4 million.

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Overview of Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications – updated on April 15th, 2015

Miguel Benzan
April 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm ET

This is my attempt to explain what has happened and could happen with Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap numbers. I used reports from Ian Rapoport, Field Yates, and Joel Corry as well as my own research for my source material. Any errors in this blog are solely mine.

Quick summary – Patriots received a $1,184,000 credit on their 2015 salary cap for grievances over guaranteed salary and offseason workout bonus money. Patriots should eventually receive a $3.25 million credit from Aaron Hernandez’s signing bonus. The credit should not come from the Odin Lloyd conviction but from the expected double murder convictions (Danny Abreu and Safiro Furtado).

In late August of 2012 Aaron Hernandez signed an extension with the Patriots. His signing bonus was $12.5 million. It was scheduled to be paid out over three installments. Hernandez received $6 million in August of 2012 and $3.25 million in March of 2013. Aaron is scheduled to receive the third and final payment- $3.25 million on March 31, 2014. Hernandez’s workout bonus clauses required successful completion of at least 90% of the workouts in New England’s voluntary offseason workout program. His 2013 salary – $1.323 million – was originally guaranteed for injury only and became fully guaranteed in March of 2013 since Aaron Hernandez was on the Patriots at that time. $1.137 million of his 2014 salary which was originally guaranteed for injury only also became fully guaranteed in March of 2013. Aaron’s 2014 $500,000 offseason workout bonus also became fully guaranteed in March of 2013 since he was on the Patriots roster at that time. Most NFL contracts include a “failure to perform” or “failure to practice” clause that will make any guarantees such as a signing bonus or guaranteed salaries within the contract null and void. On June 24th Ian Rapoport reported that according to Paragraph 32(d) of Hernandez’ extension, the 2014 workout bonus became “null and void” if the player fails to report and that the sections of the contract dealing with the guaranteeing of the 2013 and 2014 salaries did not not contain a “failure to perform” or “failure to report” clauses. According to Joel Corry, a former sports agent Paragraph 35 of Hernandez’s contract contains a clause where he represents and warrants that there weren’t any existing circumstances when he signed his deal that would prevent his continuing availability throughout the contract. Joel reported on CBSSportsline.Com that “There’s another clause explicitly stating that the Patriots wouldn’t have entered into the contract except for Hernandez’s representations.

aaronhis a screenshot of Aaron Hernandez’s deal with the Patriots. You will have to double-click it to see it completely

When Aaron Hernandez was waived by the Patriots on June 26, the other hand, his 2013 cap hit went from $4,073,000 to $2,550,000 (the 2013 proration of his 2010 and 2012 signing bonuses). His 2014 cap hit increased from $4,200,000 to $7,500,000 (the unamortized portion of his 2012 $12.5 million signing bonus). There were questions over whether or not the guaranteed salaries would hit the Patriots salary cap in 2013. It turns out that they did not.

Sometime after his release Aaron Hernandez filed grievances for his 2013 and 2014 offseason workout bonuses and salaries which is why the Patriots lost over $1.1 million in cap space in late October of 2013. Per the CBA 40% of any grievance amount goes against the team’s cap until the grievance is settled or until the end of the League Year, in this case, 2013. The grievance amounts in question were the 2013 offseason workout bonus money of $82,000, 2013 salary of $1,323,000, 2014 offseason workout bonus money of $500,000, and 2013 salary of $1,137,000. Those four amounts totaled $3,042,000. 40% of $3,042,000 is $1,216,800. Jonathan Kraft is quoted as saying “You have to hit 90 percent in our contract, and Aaron didn’t hit 90 percent, in our view,”. Jonathan Kraft contended that Aaron attended 25 of 33 workouts. As Joel Corry opined – “Hernandez was recovering from shoulder surgery during the offseason which limited his participation in organized team activities and mini-camp. It may have also limited him during the workout program. Since Hernandez’s workout clause doesn’t account for supervised rehabilitation, the Patriots may contend that he didn’t fulfill his workout obligations because his shoulder surgery prevented him from successfully completing workouts. It remains to be seen whether the arbitrator would find this type of argument persuasive.”

For most of December 2013 and January 2014 the NFLPA site http://www.nflplayers.com/cap showed the Patriots were under their 2013 adjusted cap number by $4,024,801. Because of that I had expected that to be the amount that the Patriots would be rolling over into 2014. So when the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that the Patriots are rolling over exactly $4,106,801 in cap space for 2014, I tried to figure out why would that number changed. The first thing I noticed is the difference between the two numbers is exactly Aaron Hernandez’ 2013 offseason bonus money – $82,000. I thought then that the Patriots had won the grievance over the 2013 offseason workout bonus money of $82,000. It turned out that conclusion was premature. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that $32,800 was counting against the Patriots 2014 cap because of an Aaron Hernandez’ grievance. 40% of $82,000 is $32,800. So it appeared that the Patriots and Hernandez were still arguing over Hernandez’s 2013 offseason workout bonus money in 2014.

While conducting research for this blog post, I looked at a couple of cases to see how long it took a team to get a cap credit for recouped money. The Patriots released Jonathan Fanene on August 21, 2012 with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation. The Patriots filed a grievance seeking some, if not all, of the $3.85 million signing bonus Fanene received when he signed with the team March 20. The grievance hearing was held in July of 2013. On September 21, 2013 ESPNBoston.Com’s Mike Reiss reported that “The Patriots and defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene (represented by the NFL Players Association) settled their grievance within the past week, according to sources, and part of the settlement is that the Patriots won’t have to pay Fanene the final $1.35 million of his $3.85 million signing bonus… We can now officially close the book on the Patriots’ failed Fanene signing, with Fanene able to keep $2.5 million of the original signing bonus and the Patriots receiving a credit on their 2013 salary cap.” On March 13, 2014 update OvertheCap’s owner, Jason Fitzgerald, tweeted referring to the Patriots 2014 adjusted cap number that “the official number (also includes the 504k adjust and 360k of fanene is a direct credit and not in adjustment”. To sum up it took the Patriots two years to get a credit for a grievance filed in 2012. It took the Falcons five years to get a $3 million credit for Michael Vick. In August 2007 they won a grievance against Vick for around $20 million.

Let’s now take a look at four amounts involved.

The 2013 offseason workout bonus money of $82,000. I think that the Patriots won this grievance. The case for the Patriots (their contract has a strict threshold and Aaron did not meet it) is stronger than Aaron Hernandez’s (he did not meet the threshold because he was recovering from a football injury). Think that the Patriots received an unreported credit of $32,800 sometime during the 2013 season.

The 2014 offseason workout bonus money of $500,000. This was a slam dunk victory for the Patriots as there was no way Aaron could have attended the 2014 workouts. Patriots won this grievance and they received a $200,000 credit on their 2015 salary cap as part of the 2014 year-end adjustment. For more information on the credit please see this blog post from January.

The 2013 and 2014 guaranteed salaries – Even though Hernandez’s contract was missing “failure to perform” or “failure to report” clauses when it came to these salaries, Patriots won the grievance over these guaranteed salaries. The $984,000 that was charged to the 2013 cap was credited back to the Patriots in January 2015 as part of the 2014 year-end adjustment. For more information on the credit please see this blog post from January.

The $7.5 million signing bonus proration that hit the Patriots 2014 cap – I have seen some posts/tweets opining that the NFL should just simply give the Patriots a $7.5 million cap credit. I doubt that will happen. Why? Sean Taylor. Sean Taylor was a 1st round pick of the Washington Redskins who was murdered. A year after his murder he counted against the Redskins cap. If the Redskins did not get cap relief for a murdered player, cannot see the NFL giving cap relief for an alleged murderer. Given that the CBA provided the Patriots an avenue for recouping the signing bonus money (wait until start of the 2013 training camp when Aaron could not attend and he would have invoked this clause in the CBA – “Forfeitable Breach. Any player who (i) willfully fails to report, practice or play with the result that the player’s ability to fully participate and contribute to the team is substantially undermined (for example, without limitation, holding out or leaving the squad absent a showing of extreme personal hardship); or (ii) is unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration; or (iii) is unavailable to the team due to a nonfootball injury that resulted from a material breach of Paragraph 3 of his NFL Player Contract; or (iv) voluntarily retires (collectively, any “Forfeitable Breach”) may be required to forfeit signing bonus, roster bonus, option bonus and/or reporting bonus, and no other Salary, for each League Year in which a Forfeitable Breach occurs (collectively, “Forfeitable Salary Allocations”), as set forth below”. As expected in my first Aaron Hernardez blog  the Patriots chose not to pay Aaron the final installment of his $12.5 million bonus that was is due him on Monday, March 31st. Aaron Hernandez’s legal team already filed a grievance anticipating this Patriots move. As we have seen with Jonathan Fanene and Michael Vick, it can take years for a team to obtain a cap credit for money recouped. Please note that the cap credit is for the actual cash recouped so if Aaron has spent most of his signing bonus money it is likely that the only credits that the Patriots may ever get is the $3.25 million signing bonus that they have withheld.

If Aaron Hernandez is convicted for crimes that occurred before July, 2012 (example – the July 16, 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado)  the Patriots would then be able to go after the $12.5 million signing bonus because Aaron would have then violated the clause where he represented and warranted that there weren’t any existing circumstances when he signed his deal that would prevent his continuing availability throughout the contract and the clause that explicitly states that the Patriots wouldn’t have entered into the contract except for Hernandez’s representations. Once again, I have to note that any cap credit is for the actual cash recouped so if Aaron has spent most of his signing bonus money on lawyer fees or to settle civil cases against him it is likely that the only credits that the Patriots may ever get is the $3.25 million signing bonus that they withheld in March, 2014

Trying to anticipate questions that the blog post may cause:
Question: How much have the Patriots paid Aaron Hernandez? Answer: Aaron Hernandez has been paid in cash $11,260,000 from the Patriots.

  • $620,000 in 2010
  • $670,000 in 2011
  • $6,740,000 in 2012
  • $3,000,000 in 2013 (Hernandez received a $3 million installment of his signing bonus in March 2013).

Question: Will the Odin Lloyd conviction lead to salary cap relief for the New England Patriots? Answer: I think not. The murder occurred after he signed his extension. Therefore, the clause where Aaron Hernandez represented and warranted that there weren’t any existing circumstances when he signed his deal that would prevent his continuing availability throughout the contract and the clause that explicitly states that the Patriots wouldn’t have entered into the contract except for Hernandez’s representations are not applicable.

Question: How much cap space has Aaron Hernandez taken? Answer: Aaron Hernandez has taken up $13,292,000 in cap space.

  • $436,000 in 2010
  • $700,000 in 2011
  • $3,290,000 in 2012
  • $2,550,000 in 2013
  • $7,500,000 in 2014
  • $1,184,000 credit in 2015

Footnotes – Joel Corry’s reporting on Aaron Hernandez’s salary cap implications at the National Football Post

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Patriots recently received a $1,184,000 salary cap credit for Aaron Hernandez

Miguel Benzan
January 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm ET

In this blog I will try to explain the significance of the recent salary cap credit that the Patriots received in regards to Aaron Hernandez.

At the end of the 2014 season the Patriots ended with $5,258,054 in cap space so that was the number I expected the NFLPA public salary-cap report to report as the Patriots Previous Year CarryOver Amount.
January 17 NFLPA salary cap report.

When I saw that the actual carryover amount was $6,442,054, a difference of $1,184,000. I immediately thought of Aaron Hernandez’s grievances with the Patriots. I go into great detail in this blog post so I am going to just provide a brief summary here. Aaron Hernandez filed a grievance about his 2013 guaranteed salary of $1,323,000, his 2014 guaranteed salary of $1,137,000 and his 2014 guaranteed offseason workout bonus money of $500,000. $1,323,000 + $1,137,000 +$500,000 = $2,960,000. 40% of that amount or $1,184,000 came off the Patriots 2013 cap in late October. 40% of the total grievance amount hits the team cap when the grievance is filed. I tweeted several Patriots beat writers on January 17 – “suspect Pats carryover amount of $6,442,054 includes Hernandez grievance credit. Can U check into that?. Joel Corry, a former sports agent and a must-follow at @CorryJoel if you wish to expand your salary cap knowledge, saw my tweet and then sent me a direct message – “FYl, the Patriots got a $1.184M cap credit for a Hernandez grievance settlement.

What does this mean for the Patriots going forward? It could mean more cap space for the Patriots since an increased prior-year carryover amount will increase the Patriots 2015 adjusted cap number. A team’s adjusted cap number consists of 3 components
1.) Prior Year Carryover
2.) League Cap
3.) LTBE/NLTBE incentives adjustment (LTBE=Likely to be Earned).

Let’s presume that the league 2015 cap will be $143 million and the Patriots LTBE/NLTBE adjustment will be a negative $4,562,500. See this blog post about incentives for more background on the negative $4,562,500 number

Before the Hernandez credit the Patriots 2015 adjusted cap number would be $142,695,554.
1.) Prior Year Carryover of $5,258,054
2.) League Cap of $143,000,000
3.) LTBE/NLTBE incentives adjustment of (-$4,562,500)
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$143,695,554

After the Hernandez credit the Patriots 2015 adjusted cap number would be $143,879,554
1.) Prior Year Carryover of $5,258,054
2.) League Cap of $143,000,000
3.) LTBE/NLTBE incentives adjustment of (-$4,562,500)
4.) Hernandez salary grievance credit of $1,184,000
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$144,879,554

Please note that we will NOT know if the Patriots won the grievance until it is announced or until the details of the 2015 adjusted cap numbers are provided. Last year around this time I thought that the Patriots had won the grievance over the 2013 offseason workout bonus money of $82,000. It turns out that conclusion was premature. Found out late that the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that $32,800 was counting against the Patriots 2014 cap because of an Aaron Hernandez’ grievance. 40% of $82,000 is $32,800. Given the passage of time I do not think that I am repeating my 2014 mistake. That is, I am confident that the Patriots recently defeated Aaron Hernandez in the grievance over the “guaranteed” amounts in his contract.

Trying to anticipate the questions this blog post will create

  1. Question:How much cap space did Aaron Hernandez take up in 2014?Answer:$7,532,800
  2. Question:How much cap space will Aaron Hernandez take up in 2015?Answer:As of January 17th, none
  3. Question:What about the $3.25 million signing bonus money that was withheld by the Patriots?Answer: That is a separate grievance

Explaining why the New England Patriots lost $4.5M in cap space on March 28, 2017

Miguel Benzan
March 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm ET

On March 28, 2017 I noticed that the Patriots salary cap number on the NFLPA site decreased by $4.5 million since March 27th. So I asked a couple of sources to see if the Patriots adjusted cap number had decreased or if the cap numbers for a player or two (most likely Amendola or Nate Solder). They were able to confirm that the Patriots adjusted cap number had decreased from $173,298,888 to $168,798,888.

Why the decrease?

When the new CBA was agreed upon in 2011, the Salary Cap saw a reduction and, for the first few years, stagnation. The 2009 cap was close to 128 million. The 2011 cap was $120 million. The 2012 cap was $120.6 Million. The 2013 cap was $123 million. Foreseeing this slow increases in the League Cap , Article 11, Section 5, Paragraph (e) of the CBA (Transition Rules for the 2011 League Year) allowed for teams to create additional cap room (a maximum of $4.5 million – three million in 2011; one and a half million in 2012) in the early years of the new CBA by receiving credits but required teams to repay any “borrowed” amount during the 2014 through 2017 league years. The CBA left it up to the team to decide when to repay those amounts but any borrowed cap space had to be paid by the 2017 League Year. I have never been able until today to determine if the Patriots borrow any cap space in 2011 or in 2012. I have been researching this since 2013. Had even asked the NFLPA once in a public conference call. I could tell that the Jets had paid back $4.5 million in 2014 and the Colts had paid back $3 million in 2014.

My fellow amateur capologist John Baines was able to determine that a total of 18 teams lost salary cap space today. The Broncos, Rams, and the Saints are the other NFL teams who lost $4.5 million in cap space today.

To sum this blog, the Patriots lost $4.5 million in cap space on March 28, 2017 because they had borrowed $3M in cap space in 2011 and $1.5M million in 2012.

Questions and Answers Section:

Q: What is the new Patriots adjusted cap number?
A: $168,798,888.

Q: What makes up the Patriots adjusted cap number of $168,798,888?
A: League Cap of $167,000,000
plus Prior Year Carryover of $5,292,335
plus the new adjustments figure of negative $3,493,447.

Q: What was the old adjustments figure?
A: $1,006,553

Q: What is your current Patriots salary cap number?
A: $21,955,850. This number accounts for all 64 players on the Patriots roster signed or tendered (like Malcolm Butler and Brandon King). This number also include Alan Branch who is not yet officially signed. The $21,955,850 number is the 10th highest in the NFL.

Q: Were you surprised that the Patriots lost $4.5M in cap space on March 28, 2017?
A: Always suspected that the Patriots had indeed borrowed the cap space but could never prove it. Had mentioned the possibility several times on Twitter, d in prior blog pieces, several podcasts and on patscap.com

Q: Do the Patriots have enough salary cap space for the rest of the season?
A: They have more than enough.

Q: Do you know the names of the three players that the Patriots took $1 million credits on in 2011?
A: No, I do not.

Q: Do you know the names of the three players that the Patriots took $500,000 credits on in 2012?
A: No, I do not.

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