Bill Belichick went shopping, adding guys like Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry and Matthew Judon, while re-signing guys like David Andrews and Kyle Van Noy. It’s a long list (you can see all the details here), but we know what you’re wondering now: how much money is left?
A fair amount, in fact.
Miguel Benzan du Boston Sports Journal (@PatsCap on Twitter) gave his latest breakdown.
Most of the unaccounted for transactions should be relatively cheap, with the possible exception of Brown.
Either way, the Patriots’ salary cap situation looks pretty solid. The cap is tight this year, which is why the purse strings have been tight for almost every team except New England. Most of the deals made so far for the Patriots have been postponed, giving them flexibility now, as well as in the future when the cap increases.
As for the quarterback’s situation, it’s unclear what the plan is. Perhaps the Patriots could go after Marcus Mariota if he is cut, or Jimmy Garoppolo could be an option (although trading for him would tighten the cap situation considerably). The Patriots could also try to draft a quarterback and then let him compete with Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham at camp for the starting position.
Taking that route would obviously pay off, and if said pick works, then the Patriots would keep him cheap for a few years before he was eligible for a big payday. Not having to commit a ton of ceiling space in a single player is obviously a good way to boost durability.
Newton, for his part, is ready to strike back as he hears people say New England have an uncertain quarterback situation.
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