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Patscap Mailbag: Asking about Tom Brady, Martellus Bennett, and special teams contracts

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Answer: Tom Brady's 2017 cap is $14 million. The $14 million cap hit ties Mike Glennon's for the 19th highest for a quarterback this year. Brady's $22 million cap number in 2018 is currently tied with Philip Rivers' for the eighth-highest. Brady's $22 million cap number in 2019 is currently the 10th highest.

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Answer: My guess is that one of the six will be extended. Used to think that it would be Brandon King. Now, I think that it will be Johnson Bademosi. In descending order of likelihood to be extended during this regular season:

  1. Bademosi
  2. King
  3. Nate Ebner
  4. Marquis Flowers
  5. Matthew Slater
  6. Brandon Bolden

(Bolden is last because his Minimum Salary Benefit deal can't be extended.)

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Answer: No, I do not. I don't believe teams operate out of fear. Teams could have told Bennett if he retires they will go after his remaining signing bonus proration.

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Answer: Yes. Since each team starts off with seven picks (one in each round), I use the term assigned to describe that pick. Could use the word original.

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Answer: Since Bennett would have counted as a gained free agent, he would have offset a lost free agent. There were 12 teams that if they claimed Bennett it would have adversely affected their 2018 comp picks by Bennett offsetting a lost free agent: the Ravens, Bengals, Texans, entire AFC West, Giants, Cowboys, Vikings, Buccaneers, Cardinals. For the other 18 teams, it would not affected their 2018 compensatory pick haul if they had claimed Bennett.

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Answer: There are no remaining guarantees (injury or full) in Bennett's contract. As with every vested veteran, Bennett is eligible for termination pay.

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Answer: Losing Logan Ryan was indeed offset by the Gilmore signing.

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Answer: A team besides the Patriots had to claim Bennett to keep the fifth compensatory pick in play.

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Answer: Going from the gut? Yes.

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Answer: If the Patriots were to release Bennett, he would go through the waiver process again.

Question: How do you feel personally about the Patriots claiming Bennett?

Answer: Strongly in favor. Feel that it improves the Patriots 53-man roster while providing better insurance at the tight-end position at minimal risk for the Patriots.

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Answer: I have been projecting in my weekly incentives tracking reports the Patriots will end up with around $3.5 million in cap space. This week is the first time I thought that $3.5 million could be too high and that the Pats could end the season with less than $3 million.

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Answer: I project both the 2018 Patriots' adjusted cap number and their 2018 cap space number every week in my weekly incentives tracking report. You can find my Week 8 report here. Here's my current estimate for the Patriots 2018 cap space number. Please note that since this estimate will change frequently between today and March 14, 2018 — the first day of the new league year -- so I'll answer this question on a regular basis:

League cap: $178,000,000
Prior year carryover: $3,500,000
Adjustment: ($2,100,000)
Patriots adjusted cap: $179,400,000
2018 cap commitment: $168,100,000 (After tendering Ted Karras as an ERFA and signing 10 practice squad players to future contracts, the Patriots should have 58 players signed or tendered for the 2018 season.)
2018 CAP SPACE: $11,300,000

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