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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 – Dion $1,487,500
James White – $789,272
Malcolm Mitchell – $684,498
Rob Housler – $615,000
DJ Foster – $540,000
Tyler Gaffney – $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 – $4650,000

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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Looking at the salary cap impact of a possible Alan Branch suspension

Miguel Benzan
November 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm ET

On Monday, November 21 3:07PM ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that “Patriots DT Alan Branch is being suspended four games for violating drug policy, sources tell ESPN. Tested positive for marijuana. Appealing”. This blog will examine the salary cap implications for both Alan Branch and the New England Patriots.

How will Alan Branch’s suspension affect his wallet?

Branch will miss 4 games. His 2016 salary is $1,200,000. 4/17ths of $1.2 million is $282,353. Branch will also miss out on earning 4 46-man active roster bonuses worth $25,000 for a total of $100,000. Alan Branch was well on his way to earning $750,000 in playing-time incentives. In ten games this season Alan Branch has played in over 61% of the Patriots defensive snaps. His playing-time incentives are tiered.

* $250,000 for 50% playing-time
* Another $250,000 for 55%
* A final $250,000 for 60%

Missing 4 games mathematically eliminates any chances of reaching the 55% or 60% levels. He would have to play 100% of the snaps in the last two games to even have a shot of reaching the 50% level. That is highly unlikely especially since the highest percentage of snaps Branch has played was 77.9% in Week 6.

Grand total
$282,353 – lost salary
$100,000 – lost 46-man active roster bonuses
$750,000 – lost playing-time incentives
=========
$1,132,353

Missing out 4 games will also lower Branch’s performance-based pay at the end of the season.  This suspension will also adversely Branch’s free-agency value. Before the news of this suspension broke Branch was one of my leading contenders to be extended through the 2017 season. Do not see that happening now.

How will Alan Branch’s suspension affects the New England Patriots cap-wise?

In 2016 the Patriots will gain $282,353 in cap space as they do not have to pay Branch for four weeks. After the Branch suspension I have the Patriots 2016 cap number as $9,805,873. In 2017 the Patriots will receive a $100,000 credit on their cap since Branch will not earn his 46-man active roster bonuses. Branch’s 46-man active roster bonuses were considered LTBE (Likely to Be Earned) for 2016 since he was active for 16 games in 2015. Since Branch will now not earn his NLTBE (Not Likely to Be Earned) playing-time incentives they will not be a part of the incentive adjustment calculation that occurs after season’s end.Before this suspension I had the Patriots with a negative adjustment of $2,243,750. After the suspension I now have the Patriots with a negative adjustment of $1,393,750 (a $850,000 swing).

How can the New England Patriots replace Alan Branch on the roster?

The other defensive tackles on the Patriots roster are Malcom Brown, Woodrow Hamilton, and 3rd-round pick Vincent Valentine. I expect the trio to see an increase in their snaps.  These former Patriots (Terrance Knighton, Markus Kuhn, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen) are now street free agents and can be signed by the Patriots today. My guess is that the Pats will be calling one or more of them to try them out. As for other defensive tackles who were recently on the Patriots roster a good number of them are on other teams. Anthony Johnson was signed off the Patriots practice squad by the Jets on November 9th. Joe Vellano is now on the Falcons practice squad. Dominique Easley is now on the Rams. John Hughes and Sealver Siliga are now on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Patscap breaks down the Jamie Collins trade

Miguel Benzan
October 31, 2016 at 7:09 pm ET

On October 31, 2016 the New England Patriots traded Jamie Collins, a 2013 second round pick, to the Cleveland Browns, for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick. Given that Adam Schefter who was the first to report the trade, reported that the trade was for the Browns 2017 3rd round compensatory pick it seems very likely that the condition is that if the Browns are awarded a 2017 3rd round 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.

What does this trade mean for the Patriots?

* It clears $485,929 in 2016 cap space as the Browns now become responsible for 9 weeks of Collins’ $917,865 salary. 917,865 divided by 17 weeks times 9 weeks = $485,929.
* It will allow the Patriots to use the franchise tag on another player. As of Halloween 2016 these Patriots (Hightower, Bennett, Blount, Scruggs, Ryan, Harmon, Branch, Long, Bolden, Cannon, Develin, Mingo, Sheard and Vollmer) are scheduled to become UFAs after the 2016 season.
* It adds one more draft pick to their 2017 draft capital
* It prevents Collins from being a bad apple in the locker room because of any unhappiness with his lack of an extension. Please note that I am not saying that Collins would have been a bad apple – just pointing out that he could have been.

Some frequently asked questions about the Jamie Collins trade

Q: How much cap space is Jamie Collins now taking up on the Patriots 2016 cap?
A: $716,994
$6,240 offseason workout bonus
$278,818 signing bonus proration
$431,936 8 weeks of his salary

Q: How much cap space did this trade create on October 31?
A: $485,929 – the Browns now become responsible for 9 weeks of Collins’ $917,865 salary.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have as of October 31?
A: $9,577,422 according to my numbers.

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.
4 The lower between the Seattle’s 4th round pick and the Patriots assigned pick. Pats will lose the higher pick as part of the ________ Deflategate punishment.
5 Traded to the Cleveland Browns for Mingo
5 Denver
6 Traded to the Lions for Kyle Van Noy
6 Compensatory Pick for Akeem Hicks
7 Assigned
7 Lions as part of the Kyle Van Noy

Q: Were you surprised by this trade?
A: Yes and No. Yes, because I thought that if Collins was going to be traded it would be after being franchise tagged in February 2017. Thought that this trade would then happen closer to the 2017 draft. No, because I have never thought that the Pats would keep all of the free agents even after the Chandler Jones trade.

Q: Why trade now?
A: 1.) A 2017 3rd compensatory pick is worth more than a 2018 3rd round compensatory pick.
2.) Pats are 7 and 1 and have for the most part already clinched the AFC East.
3.) Helps to eliminate complacency.
4.) Gives more snaps to Roberts, Van Noy, and Mingo.

Q: Did the Patriots trade Collins because they were concerned that they would not get a compensatory pick for him in 2018.
A: Doubtful for two reasons. The Pats would have to sign in 2017 at least as many free agents as they lost which would be very unlikely with the number of unrestricted free agents they will have. Second, the Patriots have shown throughout the years (constructing contracts leading to compensatory picks, signing released players instead of UFAs, releasing signed UFAs before Week 10) that they are well aware of the compensatory pick process so I doubt that they would sign an UFA in 2017 while also knowing that it would cost a 3rd round pick.

Q: Can the Browns receive a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2017?
A: If Alex Mack qualifies as a 3rd round compensatory pick, they should. Nick Korte, the compensatory pick guru, projects that the Browns will get a 3rd round pick for Alex Mack if Mack plays in at least 80% of the remaining snaps this year. Nick Korte projects that the Browns will get the last 3rd round compensatory pick or the 104th overall. Please note that Alex Mack has played every snap for the Atlanta Falcons this year.

Q: Were there signs that this trade was coming?
A: Yes, the Patriots signed Shea McClellin during free agency. Freeny was extended right before the season. Collins’ snaps have been decreasing throughout the year. The Patriots traded for two linebackers (Mingo and Van Noy this year). Rob Ninkovich practiced at linebacker during training camp.

Q: Could money have played a factor in the trade?
A: Yes. If Collins consider himself as a top pass-rushing LB and the Pats consider him a top non-pass rush LB, it would be hard to bridge the gap since the former (Von Miller, Justin Houston) are paid in the 16 to 19 million range while top non-rush linebackers like Lavonte David and Bobby Wagner are paid in the 10 to 12 million range.

Q: How many career sacks does Jamie Collins?
A: As of today, 10.5 which is less that some top pass rushers get in a year.

Q: How was Collins rated?
A: To my surprise, Jamie Collins was highly rated in Top 100 players rankings before the season
Pro Football Focus – 31
CBS Sportsline’s Pete Prisco – 17
Sports Illustrated – 16

Personally, I did not see it but if Collins did then it is very understandable why he would want to be paid as a top defender.

Q: How does this trade affect the 2017 cap space?
A: No effect at all since Collins was getting zero on the Patriots 2017 cap or as much as you and me.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Dont’a Hightower?
A: Possible since it prevents the situation where Hightower is not the highest paid linebacker on the Patriots.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Martellus Bennett?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Malcolm Butler?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Was this trade done to help extend Logan Ryan?
A: Possible since there is now one less big-money Patriot to allocate future (2017 and beyond) cap space on.

Q: Can the Browns extend Collins now?
A: Yes.

Q: If Collins leaves the Browns in free agency in March 2017, what team (Browns or the Patriots) will he count as a lost free agent in the 2018 compensatory pick calculations?
A: The Browns

Q: What is the deadline to extend Hightower, Bennett, Long, Harmon, Butler, and the rest of the free agents in 2016?
A: To take advantage of prorating any signing bonuses the deadline is the day before the end of the regular season – specifically 4PM, December 31st.

Q: What was the 2016 franchise tag for linebackers?
A: The 2016 franchise tag on linebackers was $14.129 million.

Q: What will the 2017 franchise tag for linebackers be?
A: Have seen projections between 14 and 15 million.

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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Crafting an extension with Dont’a Hightower

Miguel Benzan
October 21, 2016 at 6:33 am ET

Am proud to announce that my good friend Felipe Von Zuben asked me to write a weekly column for him that will be translated into Portuguese. Felipe is the one of the driving forces behind the Patriotas website. Patriotas is the official Brazilian New England Patriots Fan Club. This column will be first published here in English and Felipe will then translate into Portuguese so it will appear on the Patriotas website on Thursday. The basic format of this weekly blog piece will be:
1.) a recap of the prior week’s transactions.
2.) long answer to a question
3.) explain a salary cap term

Recapping the prior week’s transactions

Since I blogged about extending Martellus Bennett the Patriots
1.) placed Jonathan Freeny and Greg Scruggs on IR (Injured-reserve)
2.) Promoted Anthony Johnson and Geneo Grissom from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
3.) Signed Tyler Gaffney and Jamil Douglas to the practice squad
4.) Released Ian Silberman from the practice squad
5.) Re-signed Glenn Gronkowski to the practice squad.
6.) Released Shaq Evans from the practice squad and signed Trevor Reilly to the practice squad.
7.) Nate Solder was active for the 5th time this year. He was active four times in 2015. Since he earned a NLBTE 46-man roster bonus the Pats lost $31,250 (the amount of his 46-man roster bonus) in cap space as a result.

Placing Jonathan Freeny did not change his 2016 cap number. The Patriots will receive a $100,000 credit on their 2017 cap because Freeny will not earn 8 LTBE 46-man active roster bonuses. Freeny’s 2017 cap number is now $1,735,833. If Freeny was active for all 16 games this season his 2017 cap number would have been $1,873,333.

Greg Scruggs’ salary was lowered from $675,000 to $403,000 after being placed on IR. His weekly salary dropped from $39,706 to $23,706. Scruggs’ cap number dropped from $555,882 to $379,882, a $176,000 savings.
Promoting Anthony Johnson and Geneo Grissom from the practice squad to the 53-man roster increased their cap numbers from $157,600 to $370,588, an increase of $212,988 each.

Re-signing Glenn Gronkowski took up $75,900 in cap space.
Signing Tyler Gaffney and Jamil Douglas took up $75,900 ($6,900 each week) each in cap space.
Releasing Ian Silberman created $75,900 in cap space.
Releasing Shaq Evans from the practice squad and signing Trevor Reilly to the practice squad took up $6,900 in cap space as Shaq Evans will get paid for this week as he was on the practice squad at 4PM Tuesday.

After these transactions the Patriots now have:
a.) 53-man roster
b.) 4 players (Michael Williams, Greg Scruggs, Jonathan Freeny and Jacoby Brissett) on IR
c.) 3 players (Sebastian Vollmer, Tre’ Jackson and Dion Lewis) on Reserve-PUP
d.) 10-man practice squad

As of 8:30 PM October 20th I have the Patriots with $9,269,424 in cap space for the 2016 season.

Crafting an extension for Dont’a Hightower

Joao Salles tweeted this question to me – “any idea of how much High and Collins will receive per year in FA? This week’s blog will look at Hightower. Next week’s blog will look at Jamie Collins.

Background information:

Inside Linebacker Deals Ranked by Paper APY
1.) Luke Kuechly – $10,708,366
2.) Navorro Bowman – $9,650,000
3.) Bobby Wagner – $8,795,485
4.) Lawrence Timmons – $8,333,333
5.) Brian Cushing – $7,949,000

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

Dont’a Hightower is 26 years old and he will turn 27 on March 12, days after NFL free agency begins in 2017. He is in the option year of his rookie deal. His 2016 cap number is $7,755,875 which consists of his $7,751,000 fully guaranteed salary and $4,875 in offseason workout bonus money. He has missed a total of 12 games since the start of his NFL career. He missed two games in 2012 and in 2016 while missing 4 games in 2014 and in 2015. He has played in all 16 games once (in 2013).

Before the 2016 season there were several Top 100 players rankings. Here’s how Dont’a Hightower was rated
Pete Prisco – 48th
ESPN – 99th
Pro Football Focus – 52nd
Sports Illustrated – 84th
NFL Players – Unrated

While looking for comparables for Dont’a Hightower I found two players that were close to Hightower in both age and talent level – Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly. Do not consider Clay Matthews a comparable  because when he signed his extension he was a pass-rushing OLB.  There is a significant difference between what top pass-rushing linebackers like Von Miller (19M APY and Justin Houston 16.8M) make and what top inside linebackers like Luke Kuechly (12.4M) and Bobby Wagner (10.75M) make.

Bobby Wagner who is 26 years old was extended by the Seattle Seahawks in August, 2015, weeks after turning 25 years old. He has been named to the Pro Bowl twice and was a first-team All-Pro in 2014 and a second-team All-Pro in 2015.

Wagner who was a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft signed an extension that added four years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 seasons. Wagner received a $8M signing bonus. He also got a 2016 $4 million option bonus that was guaranteed. His 2015 salary was fully guaranteed while his 2016 and 2017 salaries were guaranteed for injury only and became or will become fully guaranteed early during those league years.  $2M of his 2018 salary will become fully guaranteed early in the 2018 league year. Wagner can earn up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus in 2016. Wagner can earn up to $1,000,000 ($62,500 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus in 2017, 2018 and in 2019.

Bobby Wagner Deal

Luke Kuechly who is 25 years old was extended by the Carolina Panthers in September of 2015 when he was 24 years old. Kuechly was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Kuechly has been selected to 3 Pro Bowls (2013-2015) and been named to first-team All-Pro team the last 3 seasons (2013-2105). He won the Butkus (best linebacker) award in 2014 and in 2015.

Kuechly’s extension added five years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2020/2021 seasons. He received a $19 million signing bonus in 2015 and a $6 million option bonus this year. He has a $400,000 workout bonus the last 4 years of the deal.

Luke Kuechly Deal

It seems reasonable to venture that a Hightower extension in the $10 to $13 million per year average range would be 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 and Kuechly were when they signed their extensions
3.) the cap has shown a pattern of increasing by 8% a year

Below are three possible extensions for Hightower.
The first presumes that the deal is reached late during the 2016 season

* $10 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $8 million option bonus in 2017 which would be prorated over 4 years (2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury
* This deal would pay Hightower more cash in the first 3 years of the deal and in the first 4 years of the deal than Luke Kuechly.

Dont'a 11M APY Deal

This next deal presumes that the extension is reached after the end of the 2016 regular season. The APY will be higher since Hightower will have no injury risk discount to pass onto the Patriots.

* $18 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Dont'a 11.5M APY Deal

This next deal also presumes that the extension is reached after the end of the 2016 regular season. The 12M APY would put Hightower really close to Kuechly’s 12.4M APY.

* 20 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 5 years (2016/2017/2018/2019/2020)
* $1,000,000 46-man active roster bonus ($62,500 per game) to help protect the Patriots in case of injury

Dont'a 12M APY Deal

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 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.

Salary Cap Glossary

Q:What is PUP??

A: A player who fails his club’s pre-season physical at the start of training camp may be placed on the club’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. A player on PUP is eligible to receive his salary, but is ineligible for games and practices; he is, however, allowed to attend team meetings. For a three (3) week period beginning with the day after the club’s 6th regular season game and ending on the day after the 9th regular season game, a player on PUP may practice with his club and/or be restored to the club’s 53 man roster (provided it is done before the day after the 9th regular season game). Note that there are two different types of PUP. Players that land on reserve-PUP are ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks of the regular season. Players on active-PUP can be taken off the list at any point during training camp. Once a player is taken off active-PUP and returns to practice, he cannot be placed on reserve-PUP later. Please note that a player on PUP will count against the cap. Players on active-PUP count against the 90-man roster limit while players on reserve-PUP do not.

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