The NFL trade deadline is coming on October 30. During their 3-2 start, there has been -- and will continue to be -- a clamoring for the Patriots to add some more help, whether that be at linebacker, safety or another target for Tom Brady. And that's before they lose anyone else to injury.
But this year — and for, really, the first time in recent memory — that won't be easy. They're virtually out of cap space at $1,772,004. In fact, they'll need to create more room just to finish the season before they entertain adding pieces to their roster puzzle.
In all, after the transition to the new CBA was completed in 2013, at this stage of the season (the second week of October), New England has never had this little space.
Cap space at this time in previous years:
2013: $6,231,332 2014: $9,770,599 2015: $3,776,666 2016: $9,407,367 2017: $4,799,048 Average at this time: $6,797,002
The Patriots finished each of those seasons with a surplus of cap space, which they were allowed to roll over to the next season: