Reduced cap won’t affect Patriots at all

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Plenty of teams will have cap issues in 2021, if the salary cap drops to $175 million as a result of financial losses due to pandemic football. The Patriots will not have cap issues in 2021, if the cap plummets by nearly $25 million per team.

As Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston noted last month, the Patriots have only $124 million in cap commitments for 2021, with 55 players under contract.

Curran made that observation before the Patriots signed quarterback Cam Newton, whose $5.75 million in incentives would, if earned, be charged against the 2021 cap. Since signing Newton, however, the Patriots also have gained $7 million in cap space via the resolution of grievances filed by Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez.

Even if that $7 million is devoted to pandemic replacements, and even if Newton earns every penny of his incentives (which mean that the Patriots will have won the Super Bowl in 2020), the Patriots would still have $45 million in cap space, under the minimum cap of $175 million.

Not only does that give the Patriots the ability to keep the team they have but also to target veterans who will be cut in 2021 by teams scrambling to get under a dramatically lower cap, the first reduction since the $123 million cap in 2009 became $120 million in 2011, with an uncapped year sandwiched in between.

25 responses to “Reduced cap won’t affect Patriots at all

  1. Because the cap will drop to $175 million in 2021 team should be proactive now and cut veterans and roll over a surplus. Then in 2021 they can pick up veterans for a low price.

  2. And another thing: where’s all the bozo commenters about the pats being in cap hell due to belichick? Even if it were true I’d say the 9 bowls were worth it.

  3. Can’t wait for one of the moronic regulars to tell me how wrong I am again.

    bawahahahah!

    Quick! Call Goodell and make up another lie to steal more draft picks to try to slow the master down.

    Hurry!

  4. 6ringsnewengland says:
    July 25, 2020 at 9:48 am
    Some teams are playing chess – most of the rest checkers

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    Ahem, only ONE team plays chess. It’s almost like BB knew there’d be a pandemic. lmao

    Just kidding. This was the plan the whole time as the qb market exploded and a new CBA was coming. They wanted to see the ink dry first just like in 2011.

    Enjoy!

  5. billwt says:
    July 25, 2020 at 11:37 am
    And another thing: where’s all the bozo commenters about the pats being in cap hell due to belichick? Even if it were true I’d say the 9 bowls were worth it.

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    Pats don’t go into cap hells. Never happened. They were 13-3 last year, barring some horrendous qb play after Brown was cut.

    Cap hell teams are teams that are .500 or sub .500 teams due to the cap hell, ruining the ability to build a strong, full roster year to year.

    Fans that say their team has “tons of space”, are poorly run teams constantly going on spending sprees, only to cut overpriced players all at once, then rebuilding over and over and over. Think the Jets or Dolphins, TB, or really, another crap franchise that just ignores cap concepts in teambuilding.

  6. You can drop the Dolphins out of that list. They have $29 mill under a 2021 cap of $175mm. And the top of Houston’s draft.

  7. Hey, congrats Patriots fans! You just past the “gazillion” mark with the chess/checkers analogy.

    We’ll see how chessy BB is without a GOAT QB taking pay cuts his entire career. I’m looking forward to the new era. Even if Cam has a decent season, he’ll want top money next year.

  8. blahblah5528 says:
    July 25, 2020 at 1:37 pm
    You can drop the Dolphins out of that list. They have $29 mill under a 2021 cap of $175mm. And the top of Houston’s draft.

    3 2 Rate This

    ————1l

    Your team is devoid kod talent and spent 237 mil in one FA spending spree.

    FAIL

    By the time the draft picks become legit, if they do, all your overpriced players that you just brought in, will be cut. lol

    Chris Grier is not very bright.

  9. ariani1985 says:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm
    Ted Thompson > Bill

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    Ted Thompson wouldn’t know a quality defensive player if BB gave him one from the Pats. lol

    He was fired for a reason as was overrated Ozzie Newsome who sat back with Lewis and Reed the whole time.

    More to being a GM than opening checkbooks or getting lucky a few times in drafts.

    Hence, why BB rises above as the greatest GM in NFL history.

    Very simple here…2 dynasties formed in the Cap Era….trust me when I tell ya, he ain’t done yet.

  10. I’d be pretty surprised if the NFLPA and NFL ultimately allowed a $175M cap as it is in neither’s best interest.

  11. billsrthefuture says:
    July 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm
    Hey, congrats Patriots fans! You just past the “gazillion” mark with the chess/checkers analogy.

    We’ll see how chessy BB is without a GOAT QB taking pay cuts his entire career. I’m looking forward to the new era. Even if Cam has a decent season, he’ll want top money next year.

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    Stidham is under a rookie deal in 2021 and BB will proper contract in hand for 2022 and it won’t be for 30 mil+ per. Will come in around 25 mil per.

    Enjoy!

  12. According to OTC there are 3 teams(Jets, 49er’s, Rams) that will have $8.5mil or less and 16 teams that will already be over the cap(incluing the Chiefs by $27.2mil, Saints by $74+mil and Eagles by a whopping $94+mil) when the cap drops to $175mil and OTC hasn’t been adjusted to $175mil and is still using a base cap of $215mil for next season.

    If the NFL figures are correct and there is a $70mil loss per team this season that means that there is still roughly $50mil loss per team($1,600,000,000) carried over and that has to be made up so the cap will have to drop further or stay at $175mil for 2-3 years longer to get to even and that’s not considering if those losses are even more than estimated. I see the cap going to $150mil or less for a year or 2 and that’s not figuring in for any lost viewership numbers which will bring down the new TV contract bids and they’re already dropping daily with all the uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s attendance & viewership numbers.

    BTW Chiefs fans, so much for that dynasty, like I keep saying the fastest way to kill a dynasty is to overpay the QB and a couple of other players……. mission accomplished!

  13. “Stidham is under a rookie deal in 2021 and BB will proper contract in hand for 2022 and it won’t be for 30 mil+ per. Will come in around 25 mil per.

    Enjoy!”

    Oh – I’ll enjoy the Stidham era.

    Immensely.

  14. “BTW Chiefs fans, so much for that dynasty, like I keep saying the fastest way to kill a dynasty is to overpay the QB and a couple of other players……. mission accomplished!”

    Mahomes isn’t “overpaid.” What would you have done as GM…let him walk?

    That deal will look better w/ each passing year.

    And how can you claim vindication that the dynasty is now “over?” Doesn’t that entail KC actually, ya know – not continuing in their dominance?

  15. When you can pick up a starting QB for a million how can you get in cap hell? Beligenius.

  16. Bills fans say the same thing EVERY off season
    They lost the division by 4 games last season with the 2 head to head loses to the Patriots.

    But this is there year, riiiiiiiight.

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