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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
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$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
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$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”
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$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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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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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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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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Once again the New England Patriots take care of their practice squad players – this time Woodrow Hamilton

Miguel Benzan
January 5, 2017 at 9:14 am ET

The Patriots have a long history of paying some of their practice squad players more than the minimum salary. Today I learned that the Patriots continued this fine tradition by increasing the weekly pay of one practice squad player Woodrow Hamilton

Background – The 2016 standard weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900. The 2016 standard weekly pay for a NFL rookie is $26,470.59.

Woodrow Hamilton was signed to the practice squad with one week left in the regular season. He had spent most of the season on the Patriots 53-man roster. So Hamilton will not be losing any money by being on the practice squad. The minimum salary for a rookie is $450,000. $450,000 divided by 17 equals $26,470.59 weekly. So instead of being paid $6,900 a week Woodrow Hamilton is being paid $26,470.59, a difference of close to $20,000 a week. Hamilton’s cap number while on the practice squad is $158,824. If he was being paid the standard practice squad pay, it would have been $6,900. You may be wondering why Hamilton’s salary cap number is not $26,471 – one week’s salary. It is because of a CBA quirk. Postseason pay is usually considered a benefit under the CBA and usually does not count against a team’s salary cap. The sole exception is when a practice squad player signs or redoes his deal after December 1 in that case all of his salary counts against the salary cap. Here is the quote from the CBA – “Postseason pay (as described in Articles 37 and 38) and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason, unless the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary.” Since the postseason is 5 weeks long Hamilton’s cap number is $158,824 ($26,470.59 times 6 weeks).

If the Patriots do not happen to play in the Super Bowl, they will receive a credit on the 2017 cap for each postseason week that Woodrow Hamilton misses.

This increase surely shows how much the Patriots value Woodrow Hamilton and will prevent any other playoff team from signing him to their 53-man roster as there is no financial incentive for him to now leave the Patriots.

The Patriots have 10 players on their practice squad. The following players are being paid more than the minimum
Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
Trevor Bates – $18,000
Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker has had two raises this year. 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

Four former practice squad players (DJ Foster, Bishop Sankey, Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson) were also being paid more than the minimum before their stays on the Patriots practice squad ended.

Why pay practice squad players more than the minimum? Show appreciation and encourage them to stay with the Patriots if offered a chance to sign with another team. Increasing a practice squad player makes it more likely that the player will sign a future contract with the team after the season ends.

Little gestures like these make me proud to be a fan of the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that is paying at least 6 practice squad players more than the minimum. A good number of teams are paying 1 practice squad player more than the minimum. A couple of teams (Ravens, Chiefs, and Broncos) are paying 2 players more than the minimum. No team is paying 3 players. No team is paying 4 players. The New England Patriots are paying 6.

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Once again the New England Patriots take care of their practice squad players, especially Darius Kilgo

Miguel Benzan
December 17, 2016 at 11:49 am ET

The Patriots have a long history of paying some of their practice squad players more than the minimum salary. Today I learned that the Patriots continued this fine tradition by increasing the weekly pay of one practice squad player (Trevor Bates) while paying Darius Kilgo like he is on the 53-man roster as opposed to being on the practice squad.

Background – The 2016 standard weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900. The 2016 standard weekly pay for a NFL rookie is $26,470.59.

Trevor Bates was making $6,900 weekly will now be making $18,000 a week. Darius Kilgo who was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Saturday, December 10, is being paid like a player with one season of NFL experience. The minimum salary for a player with one year of NFL experience is $525,000. $525,000 divided by 17 equals $30,882.35 weekly. So instead of being paid $6,900 a week Darius Kilgo is being paid $30,882.35, a difference of close to $24,000 a week. Kilgo’s cap number while on the practice squad is $277,941. If he was being paid the standard practice squad pay, it would have been $27,600. You may be wondering why Kilgo’s salary cap number is not $123,529 (30,882.35 times four weeks). It is because of a CBA quirk. Postseason pay is usually considered a benefit under the CBA and usually does not count against a team’s salary cap. The sole exception is when a practice squad player signs or redoes his deal after December 1 in that case all of his salary counts against the salary cap. Here is the quote from the CBA – “Postseason pay (as described in Articles 37 and 38) and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason, unless the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary.” Since the postseason is 5 weeks long Kilgo’s cap number is $277,491 ($30,882.35 times 9 weeks). Trevor Bates’ cap number is now $178,500 ($6,900 times 5 weeks plus $18,000 times 8 (instead of 3) weeks).

If the Patriots do not happen to play in the Super Bowl, they will receive a credit on the 2017 cap for each postseason week that Bates and Kilgo miss.

This increase surely shows how much the Patriots value Darius Kilgo and will prevent any team from signing him to their 53-man roster as there is no financial incentive for him to now leave the Patriots.

The Patriots have 10 players on their practice squad. The following players are being paid more than the minimum
Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
Trevor Bates – $18,000
Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker has had two raises this year. 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

Four former practice squad players (DJ Foster, Bishop Sankey, Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson) were also being paid more than the minimum before their stays on the Patriots practice squad ended.

Why pay practice squad players more than the minimum? Show appreciation and encourage them to stay with the Patriots if offered a chance to sign with another team. Increasing a practice squad player makes it more likely that the player will sign a future contract with the team after the season ends.

Little gestures like these make me proud to be a fan of the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that is paying at least 5 practice squad players more than the minimum. A good number of teams are paying 1 practice squad player more than the minimum. A couple of teams (Ravens, Chiefs, and Broncos) are paying 2 players more than the minimum. No team is paying 3 players. No team is paying 4 players. The New England Patriots are paying 5.

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Patscap breaks down the Patriots claiming Michael Floyd on waivers

Miguel Benzan
December 15, 2016 at 11:27 pm ET

On December 15 ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted that “the Patriots have claimed WR Michael Floyd off of waivers.” This blog hopes to explain the impact of this move.

Michael Floyd is in the last year of his rookie deal. He was the 13th overall pick of the 2012 draft. His 2016 $7.32 million salary is fully guaranteed. By claiming Floyd the Patriots now become responsible for 3/17ths of his salary or $1,291,765. Floyd will become a free agent after the 2016 season. If he leaves the Patriots during the 2017 free agency he will count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations.

Q: How much cap space did claiming Michael Floyd take?
A: $1,212,353. Subtract the two weeks of Griff Whalen’s salary ($79,412) from Michael Floyd’s salary ($1,291,765) and you get $1,212,353.

Q: Are the Patriots responsible for Floyd’s $7.32 million salary?
A: No, they are only responsible for 3 weeks of it or $1,291,765.

Updated on December 18th
Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: $5,995,278. On the 15th the Patriots had $6,368,919

Updated on December 18th
Q: How much cap space will the Patriots end with?
A: Currently project that the Pats will end the season with about $5.3 million in cap space. On the 15th had projected that the Pats would end the season with about $5.7 million in cap space.

Q: Will Michael Floyd count in the 2017 compensatory pick calculations?
A: No, if he leaves as a free agent after this season he will count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations.

Added on December 16
Q: If Michael Floyd leaves the Patriots in free agency in 2017. what 2018 compensatory pick would the Patriots receive?
A: The number of compensatory picks a team gets depends on the number of lost free agents versus signed free agents. Here are a couple of examples. If the Patriots sign 2 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 4 qualifying picks they would be eligible to receive 2 compensatory picks. If the Patriots sign 2 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 8 qualifying picks they would be eligible to receive 4 compensatory picks. 4 compensatory picks is the maximum number of compensatory picks that a team can receive. If the Patriots sign 4 qualifying UFAs in 2017 and lost 2 qualifying picks they would not be eligible to receive any compensatory picks. Nick Korte aka @nickkorte, the compensatory pick guru, lists the projected APY cutoffs by round
* 3rd/4th – 9M
* 4th/5th – 6.75M
* 5th/6th – 5M
* 6th/7th – 2.4M
* 7th – 864K

With a strong finish to his 2016 season I could see Floyd getting a one-year prove-it deal that would maybe get the Patriots a 6th round compensatory pick in the 2018 draft, maybe even the 199th overall pick:)

Q: Will Floyd be paid for the playoffs?
A: Yes. Please note that postseason pay does not count against the cap since it is considered a benefit.

Q: How many wideouts are there now on the Patriots roster?
A: 5 (Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, and Michael Floyd). There are two wide receivers (2016 7th round draft Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White) on the Patriots practice squad.

Q: How many first round draft picks do the Patriots now have on their roster?
A: Pats now have 8 former 1st round picks on roster. 4 (McCourty, Brown, Hightower, and Solder) were drafted. Two (Long and McClellin) were signed as free agents. One (Floyd) was claimed on waivers. One (Mingo) was acquired in a trade. I am willing to venture that only the Patriots have acquired 1st draft picks via the four possible methods (draft, FA, trade, waivers).

Q: How many 2012 first round draft picks do the Patriots now have on their roster?
A: 3 (Floyd – 13th overall pick; McClellin – the 19th overall pick; and Hightower – the 25th overall pick

Q: Who’s responsible for Floyd’s salary this week since the transaction occurred after close of business Tuesday?
A: The Patriots

Q: Can Floyd play for the Patriots against the Broncos on Sunday?
A: Yes.

Q: Will Floyd play for the Patriots against the Broncos on Sunday?
A: I doubt that he will. Recent acquisitions like Whalen and Kilgo have been inactive their first game on the Patriots 53-man roster.

Q: If the Patriots waive Floyd after a week, who will be responsible for his remaining salary?
A: If Floyd goes unclaimed, the Patriots would be responsible for his remaining salary since it is fully guaranteed. They will get a credit on their 2017 cap if Floyd signs elsewhere after clearing waivers.

Q: Is there a chance that Michael Floyd who was recently arrested for a DUI will be suspended sometime during the 2016 season?
A: Very slight. It takes awhile for the NFL to apply their punishment. It is more likely that Floyd will be suspended for 2017 game(s).

Added on December 18
Q: If Michael Floyd is suspended during the 2016 season will his salary count against the cap?
A: If the suspension covers the remaining regular season games then his salary will not count against the cap. If the suspension covers only postseason games and 2017 regular season games, Floyd’s Patriots cap number of $1,291,765 will remain the same.

Q: Can the Patriots extend Michael Floyd?
A: Yes, the Patriots can extend Floyd during the 2016 season. The deadline to do so is 4PM, December 31st.

Q: How does claiming Floyd help the Patriots recruit Floyd to sign with them long-term?
A: The Patriots are the only team that can legally talk to Floyd about possible contract terms from now until noon, March 7th.

Q: Does claiming Floyd affect Danny Amendola’s 2017 status on the Patriots roster?
A: No. The Patriots will be looking to reduce Danny Amendola’s 2017 7.8 million cap number regardless what wideouts are on their roster.

Q: Has Michael Floyd returned punts?
A: In over 4 years in the NFL Floyd has never returned a punt.

Q: How many unrestricted free agents will the Patriots have after the 2016 season?
A: As of December 15th the Patriots will have 13 players who will be unrestricted free agents after the 2016 season. They are
* Branch, Alan
* Long, Chris
* Blount, LaGarrette
* Bennett, Martellus
* Develin, James
* Sheard, Jabaal
* Bolden, Brandon
* Hightower, Dont’a
* Floyd, Michael
* Scruggs, Greg
* Mingo, Barkevious
* Harmon, Duron
* Ryan, Logan

Q: Could the possibility of acquiring a 2018 compensatory pick for Floyd have played a part in claiming him?
A: Yes. I would say that it is a small chance since there is a limit (4) of compensatory picks that a team can be awarded.

Q: Were you surprised by this move?
A: Yes because of the DUI. A couple of weeks ago I was on a podcast and listed Floyd as a good free-agent 2017 pickup since he would most likely sign a one-year incentive-laden prove it. Once I heard about his DUI I thought that it would prevent the Patriots from acquiring him. Should have stayed with my first instinct:)

Q: Does Griff Whalen get paid for the week?
A: Yes, since he was on the roster at 4PM Tuesday.

Do not know if Michael Floyd will work out. I like the move just because it shows how much Pats are willing to improve the bottom of roster.

Most of the NFL passed on Michael Floyd, a former first rounder. The leading Super Bowl contender did not. I find that amazing.

Q: Do you like this move?
A: Yes. Low risk with a chance of medium reward. It will not surprise me if Michael Floyd catches the Super Bowl winning pass.

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