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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 – mo, over $13 million dollars less.

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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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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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 defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots officially sign 9 players to futures contracts

Miguel Benzan
February 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm ET

On the same day that they celebrated their Super Bowl LI victory the Patriots announced that they have signed 9 players to futures contracts. The Patriots front office does not have any days off:)

One player, Rob Housler, was signed in January. The 8 others
DT Darius Kilgo
G Chris Barker
G Jamil Douglas
RB Tyler Gaffney
DT Woodrow Hamilton
G Chase Farris
LB Trevor Bates
WR Devin Lucien

all ended the 2016 season on the Patriots practice squad. FB Glenn Gronkowski and WR DeAndrew White are the only members of the 2016 Patriots practice squad not to signed to a 2017 contract. I expect the 8 to be signed to deals with minimum salaries for players with their experience.

Player – 2017 salary
DT Darius Kilgo – $615,000
G Chris Barker – $540,000
G Jamil Douglas- $540,000
RB Tyler Gaffney – $540,000
DT Woodrow Hamilton – $540,000
G Chase Farris – $465,000
LB Trevor Bates – $465,000
WR Devin Lucien – $465,000

Kilgo and Hamilton join Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine as Patriots defensive tackles signed for the 2017 season. Chris Barker, Chase Farris, and Jamil Douglas join Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, and Tre’ Jackson as guards. Gaffney becomes the fourth running back (Dion Lewis, James White, and DJ Foster) signed for the 2017 season. Trevor Bates is now the 6th linebacker (Shea McClellin, Rob Ninkovich, Jonathan Freeny, Kyle Van Noy, and Elandon Roberts) signed for the 2017 season.

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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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Breaking down Rob Housler’s 2017 deal with the New England Patriots

Miguel Benzan
January 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm ET

On January 19, 2017 Rob Housler signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. He will receive a $775,000 salary and has a $5,000 offseason workout bonus.  His deal contains a split-salary provision that will lower his salary to $443,000 if he is placed on Injured Reserve. His $775,000 salary will count $615,000 against the 2017 cap since his deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit deal. $615,000 is the minimum salary for a player with two years of NFL experience.  Housler has five seasons. None of Housler’s money is guaranteed so there will be very little dead money if Housler is released during roster cutdowns.

Housler’s 2017 cap hit is $620,000 ($615,000 + $5,000).

After his signing and presuming that the Patriots will tender their 3 ERFAs tender their 3 ERFAs and sign their 10 practice squad players I now have the 54 Patriots on their 2017 roster with a total cap commitment of $113,475,742. I now project the Patriots to be under the 2017 cap by $61,168,593.

Rob Housler who will turn 29 in March is now the second Patriot tight end signed for the 2017 season. I do expect the Patriots to tender Matt Lengel an ERFA offer.

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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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Current roster status of the Super Bowl XLIX Champions New England Patriots – Updated on January 23, 2017

Miguel Benzan
January 23, 2017 at 6:42 am ET

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 November 11, 2016. This illustrates why sometimes people say the NFL stands for “Not For Long”.  Super Bowl XLIX was played on February 1, 2015.  Less than two years later the Patriots roster looks very different.

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. With another team (Ravens)
Ayers, Akeem          - 53 man roster      - Signed with Rams (Now with Colts)
Barker, Chris         - Practice Squad     - Practice Squad
Bequette, Jake        - Practice Squad     - Cut. Out of League
Blount, LeGarrette    - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
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. With another team (Cardinals)
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                 - Practice Squad. 
Garoppolo, Jimmy      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gilbert, Garrett      - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league.
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 (Cowboys)
Morris, James         - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Ninkovich, Rob        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Orton, Greg           - IR                 - Not tendered. Now out of League.
Revis, Darrelle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Jets)
Revis's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Ridley, Stevan        - IR                 - Signed with Lions. Now with Falcons
Ryan, Logan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Siliga, Sealver    - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. With another team (Seahawks)
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      - PUP
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. With another team (Texans)
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. With another team (Lions)

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 24
Cut. With another team 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 4
Retired 2
PUP 1
Untendered. With another team 1
Untendered. Now out of league 1
IR 10
Cut. Now out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Practice squad 1
Untendered. Now out of League 1
Practice Squad 9
Cut. Now Out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Retired 1
Practice Squad 1
Grand Total 72
53 man roster 24
Cut. Now out of League 17
Cut. With another team 14
Signed with Another Team 5
Traded 4
Retired 3
Untendered. Now out of League 2
Untendered. With another team 1
PUP 1
Practice Squad 2

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