Patriots suddenly find themselves flush with cap space

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For most of this offseason, the Patriots were near the bottom of the league in available salary cap space for the 2020 season. Now they’re near the top.

The Patriots have more than $35 million in cap space right now, the third-most in the NFL, according to OverTheCap.com.

So what changed? For starters, they resolved a pair of old contract grievances (coincidentally right after getting Cam Newton to sign a bargain of a contract) to free up $7 million in cap space.

Then, the Patriots had several players opt out of the 2020 season, which means all of their salaries for 2020 go off the cap and get moved to 2021. For most teams, that would cause concern for the 2021 cap, but the Patriots were already in great cap shape for 2021.

So the Patriots are sitting pretty right now, if they choose to sign any free agents. The reality, however, is that there aren’t a lot of free agents to sign. So the Patriots may just stand pat this year, and roll over their available 2020 cap space into 2021. Regardless, although the Patriots have lost a lot of players and will have a roster that looks a lot different than last year’s, they remain in strong shape to rebuild their roster at a time when many other teams are concerned about an expected significant decline in next year’s cap. The Patriots always seem to be ahead of the game.

25 responses to “Patriots suddenly find themselves flush with cap space

  1. Before you point fingers at the players, Marcus Cannon had *CANCER* He went through chemo his first year. He and Jon Lester are two of my personal heroes. They became world champions after going through chemo. For anyone fighting cancer, it can be beat and you can still excel at physical activities. These two men prove it.

  2. There will be a lot of options in 2021.
    QB will head the list. Best case would be Stidham shows that he is the guy. If they have a rough year, there is a better QB class in next years draft. Next, would be an offer for Aaron Rodgers. That would be expensive. My third choice would be Alex Smith, TBH. Make for a great story.

    It will definitely be a buyers market for FA’s in 2021. So many teams already over the cap, and Pats are sitting on $75 mil. Should be an exciting offseason in 2021.

  3. Belichick being Belichick wants to win every season, even one as unusual as this one. But one of his defining traits is to look several seasons ahead and plan accordingly. Pat haters to the contrary, Belichick’s unmatched cap management skills will be on full display next season.

    I wonder if the chaos of Covid19 had any factor in the decision to sign Cam. Without the intense preseason work, their new rookie QB will not be as ready to operate their complex offensive scheme. Opposing defenses will similarly unprepared making it easier for running QBs who improvise and thrive on defensive confusion. Just a thought.

  4. bostonblows says:
    August 5, 2020 at 10:49 am
    If only they had a talented young roster like Miami.


    And as you type this another Dolphins WR just opted out

  5. not much of a silver lining. the players they lost are better than the ones that will replace them. Sure they will be able to save money, but the talent on the team took a big hit. It will be tough to recover from, but BB will overcome better than most

  6. correctingerrors says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:59 am
    not much of a silver lining. the players they lost are better than the ones that will replace them. Sure they will be able to save money, but the talent on the team took a big hit. It will be tough to recover from, but BB will overcome better than most

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    This is especially true given the players who left in the off-season.

  7. Good for the Pats.
    Players finally do SOMETHING (opting out) that actually helps the team for once.

  8. correctingerrors says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:59 am
    not much of a silver lining. the players they lost are better than the ones that will replace them. Sure they will be able to save money, but the talent on the team took a big hit. It will be tough to recover from, but BB will overcome better than most

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    Outside of Hightower, this isn’t true. BB signe Adrian Wilson to possibly challenge Chung and get younger in the Rover.

    And with more 4-3ish style linebackers taken in the draft and another LB/Safety hybrid like Dugger, speed was the focus. Hightower is more of a thumper and high iq player.

    Bentley is smart and has been around now for 2 seasons. He can handle it.

    The Cannon opt out is a question mark so you have to hope Cajuste can handle it or Herron can be on as the swing tackle, which may be asking a lot. That said, there are some solid Tackles as FAs right now if the money is right.

    Won’t be a 2020 season anyway. Dominos starting to fall already. Without the bubble, it willl get ugly.

  9. I just know BB will make this all work in his favor while the rest of the league looks like fools.

  10. I’ll say it again… I believe this is The Hoodie’s last season with the Patriots. Their are going to be a lot of teams that are looking forward to slapping New England around because of the success they have had for so long and the NFL is a true “kick em’ when they’re down” league. If he leaves and they have favorable cap space and a chance to rebuild then nobody can say he left the cupboard bare and the team a mess and I don’t think he wants to go through with a several season rebuilding plan.

  11. They could have 50M and it wouldn’t matter, there’s nobody out there. As for next year, who cares about next year? All these disgraceful Pats fans who have been “Pats for Life” people. Just head over to the Bucs fan pages and you will see the same screen names over there cheering for TB and go Bucs!

    Front runners. Shame Tom can’t throw anymore.

  12. bostonblows says:
    August 5, 2020 at 10:49 am
    If only they had a talented young roster like Miami.
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    Talented maybe. Proven winners? Puh-leeeez!

  13. maximusintoxicus says:
    August 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    I’ll say it again… I believe this is The Hoodie’s last season with the Patriots.

    You are crazy if you think this is BB’s last season. There are ZERO indications of that.

  14. crush22 says:
    August 5, 2020 at 10:25 am
    That’s what’ll happen with a team full of quitters.

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    Yeah, its seems every year they stop playing by mid February.

  15. lgw91s says:
    August 5, 2020 at 11:18 am
    There will be a lot of options in 2021.
    QB will head the list. Best case would be Stidham shows that he is the guy. If they have a rough year, there is a better QB class in next years draft. Next, would be an offer for Aaron Rodgers. That would be expensive. My third choice would be Alex Smith, TBH. Make for a great story.

    It will definitely be a buyers market for FA’s in 2021. So many teams already over the cap, and Pats are sitting on $75 mil. Should be an exciting offseason in 2021.

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    I was surprised to see Cam was not even a factor to mention. Sure I agree that this may all fizzle and it plays out that way. But also it may go the other direction. That Cam does turn out all healthy and playing to prime. And that then would open a bunch of new possible scenarios. In fact, even if Cam does go off there are still scenarios that have Stidham eventually emerging as the long term. With Cam and Stidham both there are so many unknowns about where each stands now today that no one can really predict this. Its just interesting to watch.

  16. zonedout100 says:
    August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm
    maximusintoxicus says:
    August 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    I’ll say it again… I believe this is The Hoodie’s last season with the Patriots.

    You are crazy if you think this is BB’s last season. There are ZERO indications of that.

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    Wishing and yearning for it aren’t indications?

  17. birds of a feather says:
    August 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    They could have 50M and it wouldn’t matter, there’s nobody out there. As for next year, who cares about next year? All these disgraceful Pats fans who have been “Pats for Life” people. Just head over to the Bucs fan pages and you will see the same screen names over there cheering for TB and go Bucs!

    Front runners. Shame Tom can’t throw anymore.

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    Well of course. Most New England football fans have been Pats fans for their entire life with no thought of changing that before or now. And course after Brady gave them the run that he did its pretty natural that they all wish him the best and hope he does well. I don’t understand how there could be a problem with either of those things. If there was any expectation that everyone would just bail on their team and/or start booing Brady that was simply not realistic.

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