Now that the Patriots have a full 90-man squad (with several moving parts at the bottom, of course), let’s take a look at the best and worst salary cap values on the team:
LB Jamie Collins ($1,025,728 cap number): Primed for a major breakout season in 2015 after an excellent sophomore campaign, and ranks 29th on the Patriots’ salary cap ledger. Not even eligible to restructure his contract until after the 2015 season.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($791,795): Still mostly an unproven commodity, but at minimum he’s at least a serviceable backup, which costs most teams $4 million-$5 million per year.
C Bryan Stork ($629,250): Established himself as an instant impact player last year as a fourth-round pick, and has the 44th-highest cap number on the team.
CB Malcolm Butler ($510,000): Last year’s Cinderella story is making league minimum for a second-year player. But as a former undrafted free agent, he’s allowed to renegotiate his contract after two seasons, whereas all draft picks must wait three seasons.
QB Tom Brady ($14 million): For a top two or three quarterback in the league, who just carried your team to a Super Bowl title, $14 million is chump change. Brady’s cap number is 15th-highest among NFL quarterbacks, behind players such as Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, and Joe Flacco. If Brady serves his four-game suspension, he’ll miss out on $1,882,352 of salary, reducing his cap number to $12,117,674.
WR Danny Amendola ($3,116,666): Even after slashing his pay this year, his cap number (12th-highest) is too high for a player who had a moderate impact on the offense.
LB Jerod Mayo ($6,100,000): Ditto for Mayo, who also had his pay slashed for this year, but has the fifth-highest number while coming off two injury-ruined seasons in a row.
S Tavon Wilson ($1,342,057): The light started to come on for Wilson last year, but he looks to be in serious trouble with his relatively high cap number and new second-round safety Jordan Richards on board.
Also of note
Interesting to see Brandon LaFell, signed for two more years and $5.3 million, changed agents recently to Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, the same agents who represent Darrelle Revis. After a phenomenal 2014 season with the Patriots with career high numbers across the board, LaFell can make a good case for a new contract.
And don’t forget that the Patriots have a decision and likely a contract negotiation coming up with Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has a $10 million option bonus due on the last day of the 2015 league year (next March) that would trigger another four years and $37 million total.
This report originally appeared in Sunday Football Notes. Follow Ben Volin on Twitter @BenVolin.