Patriots 2019 cap preview, Part II: How can they create more financial flexibility moving forward?

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As of this week, my current projections have the Patriots will have an adjusted team salary cap number of $197.4 million and a cap commitment of approximately $179.6 million -- $197.4 million minus $179.6 million equals $17.8 million in cap space.

This projection is before the Patriots make any roster moves such as releases, trades, extensions, RFA tenders, franchise tags or pay cuts. But, it is a starting point and – much like past years – underscores that the team has much work to do to create cap necessary to address their offseason needs.

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