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Sam Aiken On March 7th the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged that "WR Sam Aiken inked a two-year contract with base salaries of $605,000 in 2008 and $645,000 in 2009. The contract includes a $225,000 signing bonus and workout bonuses of $40,000 in each year."
October 24, 2009 update - On October 19th ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Patriots special teams captain Sam Aiken has signed a two-year contract extension with the club through 2011....Aiken's agent, Alvin Keels....said the sides completed the deal last Friday. Aiken, a seven-year veteran who is in his second season with the Patriots, was entering the final year of his contract. As part of the extension, Aiken's base salary increased to $1.16 million this season.". According to the NFLPlayers salary database Aiken's 2009 salary is now $1,162,083. $645,000 divided by 17 times 6 = $227,646. $1,162,083 divided by 17 times 11 = $751,927. $227,646 + $751,927 = $979,573.
January 10, 2010 update - While I am sure that Aiken got a signing bonus as part of his extension, I have yet to see a report that detailed the amount so for the time being I am not going to include a guesstimate for the signing bonus.
September 5, 2010 update With his release on September 4th I am presuming that Aiken will count $7,280 against the Patriots 2010 cap. I am presuming that he earned all of his offseason workout bonus money.

Eric Alexander I am presuming that Alexander received a $520,000 ERFA tender.
November 7, 2008 update According to the USAToday salary database Alexander earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money.
February 26, 2009 update Mike Reiss blogged today that "Patriots ILB Eric Alexander will not receive a restricted free agent tender from the Patriots; instead, he's agreed in principle to a one-year deal, according to a league source. The one-year agreement, which has not been signed, is less than the $1.01 million low tender in restricted free agency. It includes a minimum base salary ($620,000) and workout bonuses." Because Alexander does not have at least four years of service, his deal does not qualify for the veteran minimum exemption.
August 24, 2009 update Correction - Eric Alexander does have 4 years of credited service so his deal does qualify for the veteran minimum exemption.
October 24, 2009 update On October 21st the Boston Globe's Michael Vega reported that "Alexander, a fifth-year player, had been on one-year contracts with $620,000 base salaries and had roster and workout bonuses that totaled an additional $50,000. According to two league sources, both signed new one-year deals, with Alexander receiving a $650,000 guaranteed salary for the remainder of the season." $460,000 divided by 17 times the 6 weeks that Alexander's salary was being counted against the cap as $460,000 plus $650,000 divided by 17 times 11 = $582,933.
November 23, 2009 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged on 11/23 that "Alexander's base pay for 2009 has been increased to $953,571. His base pay for 2010 is scheduled to be $700,000. [Update, 11:05 a.m. -- Alexander receives a $125,000 signing bonus as part of the deal.] "
September 5, 2010 update With his release on September 4th I am presuming that Alexander will count $69,780 against the Patriots 2010 cap. ($62,500 in signing bonus amortization and $7, 280 in offseason workout bonus money).

Kyle Arrington - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Agnone is making $88,400 this season while on the practice squad.
November 15, 2009 update With his 11/8 elevation to the 53-man roster Arrington is scheduled to make $164,115 (the prorated portion of his rookie salary of $310,000). Arrington made $41,600 during his 8 weeks on the practice week. $164,115 + $41,800 = $205,715.
November 19, 2009 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged on 11/19 that "Arrington's deal does not include a signing bonus. It has base salaries of $310,000 in 2009 and $395,000 in 2010. There is a 2010 offseason workout bonus of $57,000, in addition to a $50,000 roster bonus in 2010."

Thomas Austin - I am presuming that Thomas Austin will earn $5,200 a week while he is on the Patriots' practice squad. He is scheduled to be on the practice squad on 14 weeks.

Tully Banta-Cain - I am presuming that Tully Banta-Cain's deal is a one-year package and that his base salary is $620,000 - the minimum for a player with his experience. I am also presuming that he received a $40,000 signing bonus as part of the deal. As such, his contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning that his salary cap charge is $507,280."
February 23, 2009 update Mike Reiss blogged today that "the contract signed by OLB Tully Banta-Cain is a one-year deal, with a base salary of $620,000. The base salary is the minimum for a player of Banta-Cain's experience. Banta-Cain's contract includes a $25,000 roster bonus, and about $30,000 in a workout bonus. The contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning that Banta-Cain's salary cap charge is reduced."
February 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Banta-Cain earned $6,380 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.
March 10, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "Here's what we have on the three-year deal signed by Tully Banta-Cain:"

SIGNING BONUS - $6 Million

What you see here is that the deal is actually for three years and $13.5 million ($4.5 million/year) with the chance, as we reported last week, for incentives to kick it up to $18 million and $6 million per year. Without knowing specifically what the incentive clauses call for, it's hard to say how real the $18 million figure is. "

Tyree Barnes - According to the USAToday salary database Barnes received $2,000 as a signing bonus. I am presuming that the bonus will count against the Patriots 2009 cap even though Barness' contract was tolled to the 2010 season.

Josh Barrett -I am presuming that Barrett signed an one-year deal that included $470,000 salary.

Leigh Bodden - According to the NFLPA salary database Bodden's salary for all 4 years of his contract is $3,900,000. ESPNBoston reported that "Free-agent cornerback Leigh Bodden reached a four-year, $22 million agreement to remain with the New England Patriots, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The deal includes $10 million in guaranteed money and $14 million over the first two years of the deal, the source said." For the time being, I am presuming that Bodden received a $6 million signing bonus and that he can earn $100,000 each year in offseason workout money.

Ron Brace - ProFootballTalk.Com's Aaron Wilson reported on July 17, 2009 that "Patriots have agreed to terms on a four-year rookie deal with second-round defensive lineman Ron Brace that includes $2.82 million in guaranteed money and carries a maximum value of nearly $4.5 million, according to a league source. Per the source, Brace will receive a $1.68 million option bonus next March as well as a $454,000 roster bonus in the middle of next month. The first-year salary is guaranteed and the second-year salary will include $373,000 in guaranteed money.The contract includes a fourth-year escalator clause based on playing time that could boost the total value of the deal to the $4.5 million level." I am figuring that the $2.82 million in guaranteed money consists of the following: $454,000 2009 roster bonus, $310,000 2009 salary, $1,680,000 2010 option bonus, and $373,000 of his 2010 $395,000 salary. I am guesstimating that his 2011 salary is $586,000 and that his 2012 salary is $777,000 so that his deal perfectly tracks the 25% rule for rookie deals. With my presumption Brace's contract has a maximum value of $4.202 million excluding offseason bonuses

Tom Brady - From CBS Sportsline's Signing status of AFC 2000 draft picks. Signing bonus: $110,000. Base salaries: $193,000 (2000); $275,000 (2001); $358,000 (2002). Total: three years, $864,400. While CBS Sportsline lists Brady's signing bonus as $110,000, ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli listed Brady's 2002 cap figure as $399,833, which would mean that his prorated signing bonus is $12,833 since it would be mean that his signing bonus was $38,400, which seems to be the more reasonable number for a 6th-round pick. I remembered recently in a Boston Globe article that Brady had earned about $70,000 in playing-time incentives this year.
May 9, 2002 update - AdamJT13 in a post to the Patriots NG wrote:"Brady's cap number is $432,873. He has a $375,000 base salary, a $12,833 prorated signing bonus, a $5,040 workout bonus and $40,000 in LTBE incentives (which formerly were NLTBE)."
August 29, 2002 update - From the Boston Globe - "Brady received $4 million of the bonus when he signed the contract, and that will be added to his $375,000 salary for the season. On the first day of the 2003 season, the Patriots have the right to exercise a $6 million option for the rest of the bonus. The contract runs through the 2006 season, and is structured similarly to Richard Seymour's. He signed a two-tiered bonus last year."
September 2 update - From the Boston Herald - "As part of his five-year, $30.52 million deal, Brady will earn $250,000 for every AFC championship and an additional $250,000 for every Super Bowl win he is the quarterback for. He won't receive any bonus money for making his second Pro Bowl, but every Pro Bowl selection thereafter will earn him $500,000. An NFL MVP award is also good for $500,000, while an NFL Offensive MVP award will net him $250,000. Brady received a two-tiered signing bonus worth a total of $9.5 million ($3.5 million this year and $6 million next March). He will keep his $375,000 base salary this year before his salary jumps to $3.1 million in 2003, $5.5 million in 2004, $5.5 million in 2005 and $6 million in 2006.Brady's cap number is only $1.075 million this season. His cap charge jumps to $5.3 million in 2003, $7.7 million in 2004, $7.7 million in 2005 and $8.7 million in 2006. The high cap numbers later in the deal will likely force a restructuring in a few years."
September 4, 2003 update From ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli - "The contract extension signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last week is worth more than $30 million in so-called "new money" and keeps his salary cap number more than palatable for this season before escalating dramatically in cap value in its later years. According to NFL Players Association documents obtained by ESPN.com, the third-year veteran received a signing bonus of $3.5 million but kept his 2002 base salary at $375,000, the amount negotiated in his initial rookie contract in 2000. His salary cap value for 2002 is just $1.091 million. But after this year the value of Brady's contract, and the cap charges, spiral upward. Brady is due a $6 million option payment next March (March, 2003) to trigger the remainder of the contract. The base salaries for the four-year extension portion of the deal then become $3.125 million (2003), $5.5 million (2004), $5.5 million (2005) and $6 million (2006). The final season also includes $500,000 in incentives. There are workout bonuses of $5,600 each for 2003 and '04 and $6,160 each for '05 and '06. The total "new money" is $30.148 million. ...The future salary cap charges: $5.33 million ('03); $7.705 million ('04); $7.706 million ('05); and $8.706 million ('06). The term "new money" refers to the total value of the contract, minus what Brady was due under his original deal. The per-year average for the extension is a whopping $7.537 million."
March 26, 2003 update It appears that Brady restructured his contract sometime during late March. The Ickster posted on the KFFL forum that "the NFLPA website is now listing his (Brady) base salary at $450K, where it previously was listed at $3.125M. The $2.675M was probably guaranteed and treated as signing bonus, spread at $668.75K per season over the remaining 4 years of his deal. In short, the move clears $2,006,250 of room on the 2003 cap." I would like to thank the Ickster for pointing out Brady's restructure to the rest of the Patriots fan community.
March 27, 2003 update ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "the maneuver further increases Brady's already lofty cap values for the 2004-2006 seasons by about $670,000 each year. The new cap values for those years become roughly $8.374 million each for 2004-05 and $9.374 for 2006".
December 1, 2003 update Brady's 2003 cap number is $3,323,450 ($450,000 base salary, $2,868,750 signing bonus proration, $4,700 workout bonus) with an additional $500,000 in NLTBE incentives. Brady's 2004 cap number currently is $8,374,350 ($5.5 million base salary, $2,868,750 signing bonus proration and $5,600 workout bonus) with an additional $500,000 in NLTBE incentives. His cap numbers are $8,874,910 for 2005 and $9,374,910 for 2006.
September 10, 2004 update From the Boston Herald - "Sources confirmed last night that the Pats guaranteed Brady's $5.5 million base salary in 2004, a maneuver that saved the Pats around $3 million against this year's salary cap but pushed Brady's future cap numbers into Law's neighborhood." Brady's 2004 cap number is now $5,064,350.
October 17, 2004 update ESPN.Com 's Len Pasquarelli reported that "It is believed that Brady's cap charge for 2005 is now about $10.29 million and that his charge for the '06 season exceeds $14 million."
April 2, 2005 update Pete Prisco reported that Tom Brady "has a cap figure of $10.02 million this season and $14.02 million in 2006 (including a $3 million roster bonus)."
May 8, 2005 update ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "according to documents obtained by ESPN.com, the contract includes a $14.5 million signing bonus and a $12 million option bonus that is due next spring. The base salaries are $1 million (for 2005), $4 million ('06), $6 million ('07), $5 million ('08), $2.3 million ('09) and $3.5 million ('10). There are roster bonuses of $3 million each in the final three years of the contract. Brady will have a salary cap charge of $8.429 million for 2005, which is between $1.5 million and $2 million less than under his old contract. But his cap number for 2006 jumps to a prohibitive $14.423 million, meaning the contract will have to be revisited probably by converting the option bonus into a signing bonus, which can then be prorated. There are also guarantees, such as injury guarantees in the 2007 and '08 seasons, in the deal. Over the first three years of the contract, a measuring stick that is often used now by many agents and teams to gauge comparative value, the deal averages $13.111 million." Adamjt13 supplemented Pasquarelli's report with "Brady's entire $6 million salary in 2007 and $2 million of his salary in 2008 are guaranteed if he's injured" and "the option is only for 2010, so he would still be signed through 2009. But his 2006 salary would jump to $6.7 million, fully guaranteed if he gets injured, and his 2009 salary would jump to $5 million. My note: Brady's 2006 option bonus is already being prorated. I can't explain why Pasquarelli would write what he did but I do know that he was wrong.
June 14, 2005 update Nick Cafardo reported in the Boston Globe: "Some interesting tidbits from the 22-page contract of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which was signed May 4:


August 7, 2005 updateYou can see how Brady's new deal compares to his old deal at tombrady.gif
September 7, 2005 update, A NFLPA.org research document indirectly shows that Brady earned $4,180 in offseason workout bonus money.
January 26, 2006 update On January 22nd the Boston Globe had in their written edition of the Boston Sunday Globe a chart listing the 2006 cap hits for all of the players signed for the 2006 season. Brady's 2006 cap hit was listed as $14.42 million.
July 17, 2006 update John Clayton reported in a ESPN.Com article that "Brady has a $15.67 million cap hit." In order for that to be true, Brady must have $1,750,000 LTBE incentive in his contract.
September 3, 2006 update Rick Gosselin reported in a Dallas Morning News that "Brady has a $13.83 million cap hit." In order for that to be true, Brady must not have $1,750,000 LTBE incentive in his contract and not earned his $100,000 offseason workout bonus money.
May 4, 2007 update According to Mike Reiss' blog - "The Patriots took Brady's $6 million base salary in 2007 and paid $5.28 million of it to Brady in the form of a signing bonus. That lowered Brady's base salary in 2007 to $720,000. By restructuring Brady's contract, the Patriots saved $3.96 million in cap space in 2007. As for the rest of the deal, Brady's base salary remained the same in 2008, at $5 million. His base salary increased to $5 million in 2009. He was previously scheduled to earn $2.3 million in base salary in 2009. Brady's base salary remained the same in 2010, at $3.5 million. Brady did not take a pay cut as part of the restructure."
November 3, 2007 update Adamjt13 reported on a Cowboys-related forum that Brady's 2007 cap number was 7,345,160 which most likely means that Brady "only" earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $106,720 that I previously had him earning.
November 6, 2008 update According to the USAToday salary database Brady earned $1,320 in offseason workout bonus money.
March 3, 2009 update Brady was paid a $3,000,000 roster bonus on February 27th.
September 14, 2010 update On September 14th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "the following are key details of quarterback Tom Brady's four-year contract extension from 2011-2014, according to a source who has viewed the deal:

Signing bonus - $16 million

Base salaries

Roster bonuses

Workout bonuses

The below is my take on Brady's salary cap numbers bonuses


September 18, 2010 update On September 15th The Boston Herald's Ron Borges provided the most comprehensive background I have ever seen on a Patriots contract.

"Had 1 year left (2010) for a total of 6.5M ($ 3M bonus already received and $3.5M salary).Cash Earned increase this year is 20M in salary and new signing bonus.

Guarantees

Averages Per Year

Cash Earned

Details

ROSTER BONUS

Offseason workout bonus

Sergio Brown - On May 20 ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that"Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown received the richest signing bonus among Patriots rookie free agents -- $12,500. Inside linebacker Dane Fletcher and cornerback Terrence Johnson were next at $10,000 apiece."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Sergio Brown will count $12,500 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.
September 10, 2010 update Practice squad players, like Sergio Brown, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.

Derrick Burgess - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Derrick Burgess is making $2,000,000 this season while on the 2009 Patriots roster.
June 3, 2010 update On June 2nd ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "The deal has a total possible value of $1.65 million. Burgess gets a base salary of $1.4 million, and he also received a $100,000 signing bonus. The deal also includes a $50,000 roster bonus and there are $100,000 of other possible incentives."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Derrick Burgess will count $107,280 (his $100,000 signing bonus plus $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

George Bussey - Unsigned draft picks are automatically tendered a salary of $310,000.
August 8, 2009 updateI am estimating that George Bussey received a $152,000 signing bonus as part of a 4-year deal.
September 6, 2009 update George Bussey's salaries were scheduled to be $310,000 in 2009, $395,000 in 2010, $480,000 in 2011, and $565,000 in 2012. I am presuming that he signed a split salary contract which would lower his 2009 salary to $240,000.
December 21, 2009 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Bussey received a $151,833 signing bonus. It appears that my 9/6 presumption that Bussey's salary was lowered once he was placed on IR was incorrect.
February 20, 2010 update Since Bussey spent the entire 2009 season on IR, it did not count as a credited season for him. Therefore, his 2010 salary will be the minimum for a player with zero credited seasons - $320,000.
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that George Bussey will count $121,155 ($113,895 in remaining signing bonus amortization plus $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Darius Butler - According to ProFootballTalk.Com - "Per a league source, Butler will receive a roster bonus of $440,000 and a guaranteed option bonus of $1.6275 million. We're told that this amount exceeds the bonus money given to last year's ninth pick in round two by 38 percent. Butler also is eligible for a one-time "log" bonus (if you don't know what that means, you need to visit PFT more often) of $150,000. He'll receive base salaries of $310,000 in 2009, $395,000 in 2010, $582,500 in 2011, and $770,000 in 2012...Butler's option bonus will be earned and paid on March 15, 2010."
July 12, 2009 update Pats1 posted a breakdown of Butler's cap hits. It can be found at pats1butlerbreakdown.jpg
April 7, 2010 update The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged on April 7th that "the NFL Players Association database has been updated, which means a few players have new base salaries for 2010. It seems four Patriots in all were affected, based on some escalators. Here is the rundown:....Butler's salary went from $395K to $545K (raise of $150K)."

Tony Carter - Practice squad players, like Tony Carter, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.

Patrick Chung - Patrick Chung's salaries are $310,000 in 2009, $480,000 in 2010, $510,000 in 2011, and $600,000 in 2012.
December 21, 2009 update According to the USAToday salary database Chung received a $2,000,000 signing bonus and a $75,000 roster bonus.

Dan Connolly - According to the NFLPA.org website Connolly got an one-year deal that included a $370,000 salary.
October 20, 2008 update Connolly earned $152,348 during his time on the 53-man roster.
November 7, 2008 update According to the USAToday salary database Connolly earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money.
November 22, 2008 update Connolly was signed to the practice squad with 10 weeks left in the season. Connolly's practice squad salary is larger than the minimum, $150,000 versus $88,400. $150,000 / 17 * 10 = $88,235.
January 1, 2009 update When Connolly was elevated to the 2008 53-man roster on December 13th, 2008, he signed a two-year deal that had as his 2009 salary as $460,000.
December 26, 2009 update On December 23rd ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Connolly receives a $325,000 signing bonus as part of the new deal. His base salary will be $600,000 in 2010 and $725,000 in 2011. The deal includes workout bonuses of $50,000 in 2010 and 2011." As part of his salary Connolly's 2009 salary was increased to $743,333. $743,333/17 * 3 = $131,176. $460,000/17 * 14 = $378,824. $131, 176 + $378, 824 = $510,000.
June 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Connolly earned $6,890 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.

Shawn Crable - Crable's contract is a four-year deal, with a $760,500 signing bonus. The base salaries are:

Going past Patriots rookie contracts the final year probably includes an escalator that could increase the value of the base salary based on playing time in the first three years of the deal.
February 20, 2010 update Since Crable spent the entire 2009 season on IR, it did not count as a credited season for him. Therefore, his 2010 salary will be the minimum for a player with one credited season - $395,000.
July 26, 2010 update With his release on July 28th Shawn Crable will count $387,530 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus ($380,250 plus the $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money I am presuming that he earned) against the Patriots 2010 cap.
September 10, 2010 updatePractice squad players, like Shawn Crable, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
September 26, 2010 update Shawn Crable earned $10,400 while on the practice squad.
November 24, 2010 update Shawn Crable was on the 53-man roster for 8 weeks earning a total of $185,882 during his team on the 53-man roster.

Alge Crumpler - On 3/26 the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that "Crumpler has received a signing bonus of $1 million, I'm told, and he's slated to earn salaries of $1.4 million in 2010 and $2.4 million in 2011. In all, that gives him a two-year deal worth $4.8 million, not including escalators and incentive clauses." On 3/28 ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "the two-year contract that tight end Alge Crumpler signed with the Patriots includes a $100,000 weight clause each season."

Jermaine Cunningham - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.

Bruce Davis - According to the NFLPA salary database Davis' 2010 salary is scheduled to be $395,000.

Brandon Deaderick - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.

Julian Edelman - The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper blogged on 7/17/2009 that "Edelman has signed a four-year deal with a $48,700 signing bonus."

Buddy Farnham - On June 19th ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that Farnham "received a $1,000 signing bonus."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Buddy Farnham will count $1,000 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Kevin Faulk - From ProFootballTalk.Com - "Kevin Faulk will get $15.05 million over six years from the Patriots, including a $1.95 million signing bonus. His three-year take is $6.05 million." As listed on the NFLPA.Org site Kevin Faulk's salaries are as follows: (2004 - $550,000; 2005 - $1,400,000; 2006 - $1,900,000; 2007 - $1,900,000; 2008 - $2,400,000; 2009 - $2,900,000) His workout bonuses are $55,600, $106,160, $106,160, $106,720, $106,720 and $106,720. For the seasons 2007 through 2009, Kevin Faulk has a $500,000 roster bonus. He also has $250,000 in incentives each season -- NLTBE in 2004 and 2005, LTBE in 2006 through 2009. His cap numbers are $930,600, $1,831,160, $2,581,160, $3,081,720, $3,581,720 and $4,081,720.
April 6, 2005 update - It appears that Faulk redid his deal. For the longest time his 2005 salary was listed as $1,400,000. It is now listed as $540,000. It appears to me that the Pats converted $860,000 of his salary into a signing bonus saving $688,000 on this year's cap but adding $172,000 to Faulk's cap hits in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
January 16, 2005 update - Mike Reiss reported in the Boston Globe that Kevin Faulk's 2006 cap number is $2.5 million. I had it as $2.7 million so I am presuming that the $250,000 LTBE incentive is now NLTBE and therefore does not count against the cap.
August 30, 2008 update - Since Kevin Faulk was suspended for one game, his 2008 salary is now for 16 weeks or $2,258,816.
December 21, 2009 update According to the USAToday salary database Faulk's 2009 cap number is $4,254,280 which must mean that his $250,000 incentive is being classified as LTBE this season.
March 10, 2010 update The Boston Herald's Ian Rappoport blogged that Faulks contract is "a one-year deal, which we knew, with the potential to earn $3 million. Faulk gets a signing bonus of $1 million, a salary of $1 million, and the chance to earn $1 million in incentives."

Dane Fletcher - On May 20 ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that"Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown received the richest signing bonus among Patriots rookie free agents -- $12,500. Inside linebacker Dane Fletcher and cornerback Terrence Johnson were next at $10,000 apiece."

Amon Gordon - According to the NFLPA salary database Gordon's 2010 salary is $470,000.

Stephen Gostkowski- From Mike Reiss' blog - "Kicker Stephen Gostkowski's four-year deal includes a $425,000 signing bonus and incentives that could increase the base salary in the final year"
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Gostkowski earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
November 16, 2008 update According to the USAToday salary database Gostkowkski earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money.
December 31, 2008 update I am presuming that Gostkowski has done enough to earn his escalator which will boost his 2009 salary from $530,000 to $1,010,000 (the lowest RFA tender).
March 4, 2010 update The Patriots made Gostkowski a RFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $1,729,000.
September 19, 2010 update On August 26th the Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper tweeted "NFLPA has posted base salaries on Gostkowski extension: 2011 -- $1.7m, '12 --$2.1m, '13 -- $2.5m, '14 -- $2.9.m.".On August 25th the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that "I’ve learned that Gostkowski’s contract has a total value of almost $14 million or an average of nearly $3.5 million per year. There is $5 million in guaranteed money. He will earn a salary of $1.759 million on a one-year deal in 2010, a bargain for a Pro Bowler"
November 14, 2010 update On November 12th the Boston Herald's Ian Rapaport blogged that "According to a league source, Gostkowski received a $4 million signing bonus that is fully guaranteed. And $1.1 million of his $1.7 million salary for 2011 is guaranteed for injury. That means, if it all goes wrong and he can’t return, he’s earned $5.1 million."

Adrian Grady - According to the NFLPA salary database Grady's 2010 salary is scheduled to be $320,000.

Shayne Graham - I am presuming that Graham's contract will qualify for the veteran minimum exemption. $460,000 divided by 17 weeks times 8 weeks = $216,471.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Practice squad players, like Green-Ellis, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
October 20, 2008 update BenJarvus was promoted to the 53-man roster on the 11th of October. He made $26,000 during his time on the practice. He is scheduled to make $208,235 in the last 12 weeks.
January 10, 2009 update The Law Firm has a 2009 salary of $385,000 and a 2010 salary of $470,000.
June 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Green_Eliis earned $6,890 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.

Brian Hoyer - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Hoyer is signed through the 2011 season.
May 26, 2009 update In his May 26th mailbag the Boston Glone's Mike Reiss reported that "Hoyer received a $12,000 signing bonus.
December 21, 2009 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Hoyer received a $12,500 signing bonus.

Rob Gronkowski - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
July 26, 2010 update ProFootballTalk.Com's Mike Florio blogged that "Gronkowsi's deal pays a signing bonus of $1.76 million and a one-time incentive based on minimum playing time in the amount of $830,000. The contract includes minimum base salaries ($320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,00 in 2013). The 2013 base salary is fully guaranteed for skill and injury. Also, $255,000 of the 2012 salary is guaranteed. (Once the one-time incentive is earned, the base salaries become non-guaranteed.) In all, $2.59 million is guaranteed; the only question is whether it the $830,000 above and beyond the signing bonus comes from the one-timer or the guaranteed base salaries in 2012 and 2013. The deal also includes $30,000 in workout bonuses for the last two years, triggered if the one-time incentive is earned."

Gary Guyton - On May 15 Mike Reiss reported in his blog that Guyton received a $12,000 signing bonus as part of a two-year deal with the Patriots.
January 10, 2009 update Guyton has a 2009 salary of $385,000.
January 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Guyton earned $6,760 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.
February 20, 2010 update I am presuming that the Patriots made Guyton an ERFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $470,000.
June 24, 2010 update The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that "Guyton has reached a two-year contract extension with the Patriots, I’m told, giving him a nice little raise to stay in New England through 2011. Guyton’s exclusive rights tender was slated to pay him the minimum of $470,000 on a one-year contract. Now what does he get?A $505,000 salary in 2010 and a $1-million salary in 2011, to go along with a signing bonus of $650,000."

Aaron Hernandez - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
June 10, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "Hernandez received a $200,000 signing bonus, well short of the $508,000 bonus that Chicago's Corey Wootten, taken four picks ahead of Hernandez, reaped in his four-year deal.Hernandez makes up the money in a series of roster bonuses -- $76,000 in 2010, $90,000 in 2011, $104,000 in 2012 and $118,000 in 2013 -- which are each tied to Hernandez making the 53-man roster, meaning he has to get through each offseason clean to collect. There's also a $24,000 minimum play-time bonus due after this season, and if Hernandez hits that one (and only if he hits that one), he's eligible for workout bonuses of $110,000 (2011), $96,000 (2012) and $82,000 (2013).He has the standard base salary numbers: $320,000 (2010), $405,000 (2011), $490,000 (2012), $575,000 (2013). If you add up the workout and roster bonuses, then toss in the signing bonus, the total money comes to $700,000. So Hernandez can wind up making more than Wootten did, but he has to play out the deal."

Torry Holt - On April 20 the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young blogged that "Torry Holt...will sign a one-year, $1.7 million deal with New England, according to a league source."
April 22, 2010 update According to the NFLPA salary database Holt's 2010 salary is $1,150,000.
April 26, 2010 update On April 26 ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogges that "veteran receiver Torry Holt's deal was reported as a one-year pact worth up to $1.7 million. The deal is slightly different, as Holt has a base salary of $1.15 million. He received a $50,000 signing bonus and can earn an additional $50,000 in the form of a workout bonus. There is the possibility to earn up to $250,000 in incentives."

Jake Ingram - Unsigned draft picks are automatically tendered a salary of $310,000.
August 8, 2009 updateI am estimating that Jake Ingram received a $95,000 signing bonus as part of a 4-year deal.
December 21, 2009 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Ingram received a $70,000 signing bonus.

Javarris James - Practice squad players, like Javarris James, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
September 14, 2010 update On September 14th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "in recent years, the Patriots have paid some practice squad players a higher salary than the norm. The sweetened deals have led some players to pass on the opportunity to join another team's active roster, or helped them pick the Patriots' practice squad over another team's practice squad. Four of the Patriots' eight practice squad players this year have contracts that fall into that category:


October 12, 2010 update Since Javarris James was on the Patriots practice squad for 4 weeks before his release he earned a total of $24,000.

Darnell Jenkins - Practice squad players, like Darnell Jenkins, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
September 14, 2010 update On September 14th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "in recent years, the Patriots have paid some practice squad players a higher salary than the norm. The sweetened deals have led some players to pass on the opportunity to join another team's active roster, or helped them pick the Patriots' practice squad over another team's practice squad. Four of the Patriots' eight practice squad players this year have contracts that fall into that category:

Terrence Johnson - On May 20 ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that"Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown received the richest signing bonus among Patriots rookie free agents -- $12,500. Inside linebacker Dane Fletcher and cornerback Terrence Johnson were next at $10,000 apiece."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Terrence Johnson will count $10,000 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Nick Kaczur - From Mike Reiss' blog - "Offensive tackle/guard Nick Kaczur, selected 100th overall (third round), signed a five-year contract with a $660,000 signing bonus. Not including escalators, the deal is worth $2.59 million. The base salaries are the minimum in each year: $230,000 (2005), $310,000 (2006), $385,000 (2007), $460,000 (2008 ) and $545,000 (2009). Like Hobbs, Kaczur has escalators in the deal that could increase the base salaries in the later years of the deal."
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Kaczur earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
March 4, 2008 update According to the NFLPA.org site Kaczur's 2008 salary is now scheduled to be $1.26 million so it appeared that Kaczur had earned some escalators that caused his 2008 salary to increase by $740,000.
November 22, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Kaczur earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
December 31, 2008 update I am presuming that when Kaczur reached the escalators for the 2008 season that they also increased his 2009 salary by at least the same amount.
March 3, 2009 update According to the NFLPA.org site Kaczur's 2009 salary is now scheduled to be $2.27 million so it appeared that Kaczur had earned some escalators that caused his 2009 salary to increase by $1,725,000.
August 24, 2009 update The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged on 8/24/2009 that the "The following are details from Nick Kaczur's contract extension, which extends through 2012. The base salaries are as follows:

The deal includes an option bonus of $3.5 million. It is not known when the option bonus is due, but there is a clause in the contract that says if the option is not exercised, Kaczur's base salary would jump to $2.72 million in 2009. That seems to mean that Kaczur's option bonus is due at some point this year. Kaczur also has workout bonuses of $100,000 in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Matt Katula - I am presuming that Katula's contract will qualify for the veteran minimum exemption. $460,000 divided by 17 weeks times 8 weeks = $216,471.

Eric Kettani - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Kettani is signed through the 2009 season.
December 28, 2009 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Kettani received a $2,000 signing bonus. I am presuming that the bonus will count against the Patriots 2009 cap even though Kettani's contract was tolled to the 2010 season.

Dan Koppen - On 7/21 the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported that the "Patriots also signed a four-year deal with fifth-round pick Dan Koppen, a center from Boston College, who received a $115,000 signing bonus to go with minimum salaries of $225,000, $305,000, $380,000, and $460,000. Koppen, the 164th player taken, also will have the opportunity to earn escalators in the first three years of the deal."
July 22, 2003 update From ESPN.Com - "Signing bonus: $116,000. Base salaries: $225,000 (2003); $305,000 (2004); $380,000 (2005); $460,000 (2006, includes escalator). Total: four years, $1,486,000. Cap charge: $254,000."
October 27, 2005 update USA Today reported that Koppen received a $35,000 roster bonus in 2004. I am presuming that he will receive the same amount in 2005. On 10/25/2005 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Koppen's 2005 cap number was $448,620, which most likely means that Koppen earned $4,620 in offseason workout bonus money and not the maximum of $6,160.
January 26, 2006 update On January 22nd the Boston Globe had in their written edition of the Boston Sunday Globe a chart listing the 2006 cap hits for all of the players signed for the 2006 season. Koppen's cap hit was listed as $.050 or $500,000 so I am no longer including the $35,000 roster bonus in my calculations of Koppen's cap number.
March 2, 2006 update Koppen's 2006 salary used to be listed as $460,000 on the NFLPA site. It is now listed as $1,573,000 so it appears that he must have reached some of his escalators.
October 24, 2006 update Mike Reiss reported about Koppen's extension - "Center Dan Koppen's five-year contract extension -- which could be worth $20 million and includes a $7.5 million signing bonus -- puts him among the top-five-paid players at his position in average salary. Cleveland's LeCharles Bentley ($6 million per year) is the league's top-paid center, followed by the Vikings' Matt Birk ($4.25 million). Koppen, whose extension could average as much as $4 million per year with incentives, is part of the next group, with the Steelers' Jeff Hartings ($4 million) and the Bears' Olin Kreutz ($3.8 million). Part of Koppen's signing bonus will be paid now, the remainder in January. The $7.5 million bonus is the second-largest in league history for a center, behind Bentley ($8.25 million). In addition, Koppen will be paid $12.5 million in the first three years of the deal." Koppen's salaries are as follows - $1.573 million in 2006, $900,000 in 2007, $1,400,000 in 2008, $2,400,000 in 2009, $2,900,000 in 2010, and $2,900,000 in 2011. I am presuming that the $7. 5 million is being prorated over 5 years. Please note the contracts signed in the 2006 season can only be prorated over 5 years even if they run longer than 5 years.
October 25, 2006 update - Mike Reiss reported today in the Boston Globe - "The details of center Dan Koppen's five-year contract extension are in, and as expected, the Patriots used some of their salary cap surplus in 2006 with some creative accounting. Within the deal is a $1.927 million playing time incentive for special teams in 2006, which is classified as a likely-to-be-earned incentive. But the design is that Koppen won't earn that incentive, which will allow the Patriots to be credited $1.927 million on the 2007 salary cap. In short, it's a way for the Patriots to use some of their surplus this year, while at the same time, giving themselves future financial flexibility. With that special teams incentive, Koppen's salary cap hit for 2006 is $5.033 million. His previous salary cap hit was $1.6 million, so the Patriots are using about $3.4 million more of their salary cap space for 2006 as a result of Koppen's deal. The team now has approximately $7 million of cap space.Koppen's deal includes a $7.5 million signing bonus -- payable in two parts -- and base salaries of $1.573 million (2006), $900,000 (2007), $1.4 million (2008), $2.4 million (2009), $2.9 million (2010), and $2.9 million (2011). The deal includes workout bonuses of $107,000 in each year from 2007-2011, and roster bonuses of $500,000 in 2010 and 2011."

Ted Larsen - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
May 25, 2010 update - On May 18th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that the "following is the breakdown of sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen’s four-year, $1.87 million contract with the Patriots:

The signing bonus is $80,300, and there are escalators in the final year of the contract that could increase the 2013 base salary."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Ted Larsen will count $80,300 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Matt Levoir - He has a 2009 salary of $460,000.
August 25, 2009 update - On August 25th the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged that "LeVoir, who enters his third NFL season, received a $400,000 signing bonus and is also due a $25,000 roster bonus in 2009.He will earn base salaries of $460,000 in 2009, $550,000 in 2010 and $690,000 in 2011. The deal also includes workout bonuses of $50,000 in both 2010 and 2011."

Damione Lewis - On April 6th ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "the free-agent contract signed by veteran defensive lineman Damione Lewis with the Patriots is a one-year deal. Lewis will earn a base salary of $1.15 million. "
April 17, 2010 update - On April 15th ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "it was the Patriots who were most willing to step up with a contract offer (one-year, $1.15 million, $50,000 signing bonus). "

Matt Light - From ESPN.Com's Signing status of AFC 2001 draft picks. Signing bonus: $1,305,000. Base salaries: $260,000 (2001); $325,000 (2002); $390,000 (2003); $455,000 (2004). Total: four years, $2,735,000.
August 24, 2004 update - The following sentences in this paragraph are a paraphrase from an Adamjt13 post. Please note that the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses in all capped years (currently through 2006) of the contract must be at least as much as the combined prorated bonuses in capped years of the contract. If they are not, a charge, typically called the "Deion Charge" since I believe it was first applied to a Deion Sanders contract, is added in capped years to make them equal, although not more than half of the average proration can be added. The added charges in capped years are then credited back in equal portions in the uncapped years.
In Light's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the first 3 years of his contract totaled out to $975,000. The combined prorated bonuses in capped years of his contract (2001-2003) totaled out to be $978,750. That is a $3,750 difference. There was a $1,250 charge added to Light's cap numbers for the years 2001 through 2003 and then there will be a $3,750 credit subtracted from Light's 2004 cap number.
October 5, 2004 update - ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "ESPN.Com has learned that the Super Bowl champions have reached agreement on a six-year contract extension for starting offensive tackle Matt Light, a deal that runs through the 2010 season. The extension is worth $27 million and includes total bonus money of $9 million."
October 9, 2004 update ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "Light got a signing bonus of $2.5 million and an option bonus of $6.5 million payable next spring. His base salaries are $1 million each in 2005 and 2006, then $3.5 million (2007), $3.75 million (2008), $4.25 million (2009) and $4.5 million (2010)." The $2.5 million signing bonus will be prorated $416,667 a year over the 2004-2009 seasons. The $6.5 million option bonus will be prorated $1,300,000 a year over the 2005-2009 seasons. Therefore, Light's salary cap figures will be $2,722,827 (2005); $2,722,827 (2006); $5,223,387 (2007); $5,466,667 (2008), $5,966,667 (2009),$4,500,000 (2010).
January 10, 2006 update Mike Reiss reported in his mailbag:"The Patriots with the highest cap numbers for 2006 are: Tom Brady ($14.4 million), Willie McGinest ($8.3 million), Richard Seymour ($7.4 million), Rosevelt Colvin ($5.7 million), Matt Light ($5.3 million), Duane Starks ($5.1 million) and Corey Dillon ($4.3 million)". I am presuming that Light's 2006 cap number includes a $2 million LTBE incentive as a way to get around the 30% requirement. See an salary cap article on the Falcons' website for an excellent explanation and illustration of the 30% percent rule.
March 5, 2006 update I am presuming that the Patriots removed the $2 million LTBE incentive from Light's contract.
April 9, 2006 update - From the CBA - "[A]ny multi-year Player Contract not unconditionally approved by the Commissioner as of the date hereof, other than any multi-year Player Contract executed in the last Capped Year of this Agreement, that extends from a Capped Year into any Uncapped Year (hereinafter “Subject Contract). For purposes of determining Team Salary, if (i) the sum of the player’s Paragraph 5 Salary, roster bonuses that are based upon the player making any of the Club’s roster categories without limitation, and reporting bonuses during all Capped Years of the Subject Contract (but, if there are fewer than three remaining Capped Years, during the first three years of the Subject Contract) in the aggregate less than (ii) the portion of the Subject Contract’s signing bonus that would be allocated to those League Years if the signing bonus were prorated equally over the term of the Subject Contract, then: the difference between the amounts calculated pursuant to (ii) and (i) of this sentence, up to 50% of the portion of the signing bonus that would otherwise be allocated to the Uncapped Years (the “Difference”), shall be deducted in equal portions from those Uncapped Years and reallocated1 in equal portions over the Capped Years of the Subject Contract (or, if there are fewer than three Capped Years within the term of the Subject Contract, over the first three years of the Subject Contract).
In Light's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the 1st 3 years of his contract totaled out to $2,455,000. The combined prorated signing bonuses in the 1st 3 years of the contract (2004-2006) totaled out to be $3,849,998. That is a $1,394,998 difference. 1,394,998/2=697,499. 1,394,998/3=464,999. There will be a $674,999 charge added to Light's cap numbers for the years 2005 and 2006 and then there will be a $464,999 credit subtracted from Light's 2007, 2008 and 2009 cap numbers.
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Light earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
March 15, 2008 update I have learned that $200,000 of the other bonus field listed in the USAToday NFL player salary database was for a NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive making that incentive LTBE for the 2008 season.
December 31, 2008 update Since Light did not make the 2008 Pro Bowl roster his Pro Bowl incentive for the 2009 season will now be considered NLTBE for the 2009 season.

Bret Lockett - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Lockett's 2009 salary is $310,000.
February 20, 2010 update I am presuming that the Patriots made Lockett an ERFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $395,000.
August 31, 2010 update I am presuming that Lockett's RFA tender offer included a split salary provision that kicked in once he was placed on Injured Reserve making his 2010 salary $245,000.

Steve Maneri - I am presuming that Steve Maneri will earn $5,200 a week while he is on the Patriots' practice squad. He is scheduled to be on the practice squad on 14 weeks..

Logan Mankins - Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News reports the breakdown of the five-year, $6.4 million contract signed by New England Patriots first-round draft pick OT/OG Logan Mankins is as follows: Mankins' signing bonus was $2.25 million and he also will earn a 2005 roster bonus of $350,000. There is a 2006 option bonus worth $1.4 million, meaning his total bonus figure is $4 million. Mankins' base salaries are $230,000 (2005), $370,000 (2006), $500,000 (2007), $600,000 (2008 ) and $700,000 (2009). Those figures don't include an escalator in 2009 -- tied to playing time -- that could increase the base salary that year.
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Mankins earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
November 14, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Mankins earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
March 3, 2009 update According to the NFLPA.org site Mankins'2009 salary is now scheduled to be $1.4 million so it appeared that Mankins reached some escalators that caused his 2009 salary to increase by $700,000.
January 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Mankins earned $6,500 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.
March 4, 2010 update The Patriots made Mankins a RFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $3,268,000.
June 15, 2010 update The Patriots lowered Mankins' RFA tender to $1.54 million.
November 14, 2010 update Mankins will earn $815,924, the prorated portion of his RFA tender.

Laurence Maroney - On 8/14 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that "Maroney's contract with the Patriots is a five-year package worth a total of $8.735 million, according to NFL Players Association figures. The deal doesn't include a signing bonus, but $6.13 million of the contract is guaranteed, and with easy-to-earn incentives it would increase to $6.2 million."
August 19, 2006 update. Maroney received a $875,000 roster bonus. He will receive workout bonuses of $81,720 in 2008; $96,720 in 2009, and $106,720 in 2010.
October 1, 2006 update Jason Cole of Yahoo!Sports reported that "Maroney doesn't earn any incentive money until he rushes for 1,200 yards" .
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Maroney earned $6,240 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.

Michael Matthews- Matthews earned $162,348 in his 6 weeks on the Patriots roster. $460,000/17 * 6 = $162,348.

Jerod Mayo - Drafted rookies are automatically considered to have been tendered the rookie minimum - $295,000.
December 31, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Mayo earned $1,505,000 as a roster bonus. Mayo's future salaries are as follows:


March 18, 2009 update Pats1 noticed that Mayo's salaries are now listed as: I believe that in return for lowering his salaries by $9.1 million Mayo was given a $9,100,000 option bonus. I am also presuming that option bonus was prorated over 4 years. I think that his cap numbers are as follows:
June 16, 2010 update On May 20th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "in a minor move, the Patriots restructured the contract of inside linebacker Jerod Mayo earlier this year, redistributing money while keeping the length of the contract the same (Mayo is signed through 2012). Mayo benefitted because he received more up-front money. The Patriots benefitted because they used 2009 salary cap space and gave themselves future financial flexibility." I found out later that the amount of the signing bonus was around $6 million so that will be the figure that I will use on these pages.

Marcus McClinton - According to the NFLPlayers salary database McClinton is signed through the 2010 season.

Devin McCourty - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
July 29, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "We've got the numbers for Devin McCourty's deal, per NFLPA documents, and as a practical matter, they look like this ...

TOTAL: $10 Million. There's a $3.2 million escalator on the back end that brings you to the five-year max total of $13.2 million...As the contract reads right now, McCourty has salaries of $1.25 million, $1.5 million, $1.75 million and $870,000 from 2011-14 and they're all guaranteed. Once the Patriots pick up that option, the numbers revert to those above and only his 2011 salary is guaranteed

Brandon McGowan - On May 8th the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged that "the contract signed by safety Brandon McGowan with the Patriots" is an "two-year pact" that "includes base salaries of $550,000 in 2009 and $730,000 in 2010. McGowan received a $250,000 signing bonus and can earn an additional $100,000 in workout bonuses."
March 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program McGowan earned $3,640 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.
April 7, 2010 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "McGowan was scheduled to earn $730,000 this season. He will now earn $1.33 million in base salary. "

Tyrone McKenzie - Unsigned draft picks are automatically tendered a salary of $310,000.
August 27, 2009 update The Boston Globe' Mike Reiss blogged on August 26th that the "Patriots signed McKenzie...to a four-year $3.124 million deal with a $631,000 signing bonus. The base salaries are $240,000, $320,000, $480,000 and $565,000. McKenzie's injury cost him a total of $170,000, but he could earn as much as $125,000 of that back due to his innovative deal...The minimum base salary for a first-year player in 2009 is $310,000. For a player like McKenzie who will be placed on season-ending injured reserve he would be in line to make a base salary of $215,000, based on the collective bargaining agreement. That would be a net loss of $95,000, but the Patriots boosted McKenzie's base to $240,000, $25,000 more than a player on IR would normally get. Because McKenzie won't play in 2009 he will get an accrued season towards free agency, but not a credited season of NFL experience, which is used in Patriots' contracts to determine base salaries. If McKenzie was on the active roster this season he would have been in line to make $395,000 as a base salary next season, instead he'll get the 2010 rookie minimum base salary of $320,000, a net lost of $75,000 due to the injury. However, there is a combined play-time-team performance incentive in McKenzie's contract that allows him to get a $100,000 bonus payment the season after the incentive plateau is reached, allowing him to recoup a significant portion of the money the injury cost him.
September 6, 2010 update With his release on September 5th Tyrone McKenzie will count $480,530 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus ($473,250 plus the $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money I am presuming that he earned) against the Patriots 2010 cap.
September 10, 2010 updatePractice squad players, like Tyrone McKenzie, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
September 14, 2010 update On September 14th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "in recent years, the Patriots have paid some practice squad players a higher salary than the norm. The sweetened deals have led some players to pass on the opportunity to join another team's active roster, or helped them pick the Patriots' practice squad over another team's practice squad. Four of the Patriots' eight practice squad players this year have contracts that fall into that category:


November 14, 2010 update Tyrone McKenzie earned $79,412 during his 9 weeks on the practice squad.

Brandon Meriweather - Albert Breer blogged that "according to an industry source, Patriots rookie defensive back Brandon Meriweather signed a five-year deal worth $8.75 million with $6 million in bonuses and guarantees. The deal could be worth as much as $11.6 million with escalators and incentives." On August 7th Mike Reiss reported in the Boston Globe that the "contract signed by rookie Meriweather is a five-year package that includes a $500,000 signing bonus, $755,000 roster bonus in 2007, and a $3.72 million option bonus in 2008. Meriweather's base salaries are $285,000 in 2007, followed by $370,000 (2008), $460,000 (2009), $550,000 (2010), and $650,000 (2011). The base salary in 2011 could increase with escalators in the deal. The contract also includes $1.025 million in incentives that Meriweather almost certainly will reach. In addition, there are $150,000 workout bonuses each season from 2009-11"
November 22, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Meriweather earned $4,200 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
June 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Meriweather earned $5,720 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.

Zoltan Mesko - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
June 16, 2010 update The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that "OI’m told that Zoltan Mesko has agreed to a four-year deal with the Patriots...Mesko has received a signing bonus of more than $187,000. The rest of his deal, I believe, is standard, with escalators knocking up the tally in his final year.". For the purpose of my cap pages, I am going to presume that Mesko received a signing bonus of $187,500.

Prince Miller - Practice squad players, like Prince Miller, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.

Sammy Morris- In his March 6, 2007 blog Mike Reiss reported that "Morris received a four-year, $7 million deal. Morris has base salaries of $900,000 in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He received a $1.5 million signing bonus and has a roster bonus of $750,000 due in 2007, and another roster bonus of $750,000 due in 2008. He also receives a $100,000 workout bonus in each season. Morris has a $2.125 million salary cap charge in 2007."

Randy Moss - John Tomase reported in the Boston Herald's Point After blog - "Randy Moss put his money where his mouth is to come to New England. The wideout accepted a one-year deal worth $3 million, with $2 million in earned incentives. He had been due to make $9.75 million this year and $11.25 million next year, but tore up that deal."
May 3, 2007 update On 5/3/2007 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported in his blog that "WR Randy Moss's base salary for 2007 is for $2.5 million. He has a $500,000 roster bonus as part of the deal. There are $1.5 million in escalators/incentives in the contract."
November 9, 2007 update NFL.Com reported that "Moss earned $350,000 once he reached 45 catches for the season and another $350,000 once he reached 55 catches, a mark he surpassed during Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Moss will earn another $350,000 once he reaches 65 catches, another $350,000 for 75 catches, and a final $350,000 for 85 catches.Additionally, should Moss be voted to the Pro Bowl -– and for a receiver who now leads the NFL in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, that would seem a lock - he will earn another $250,000."
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Moss earned $1,560 in offseason workout bonus money.
March, 2008 update Tim DiPiero, the agent for Randy Moss, emailed the following to some members of the media - "I am pleased to confirm that Randy Moss has signed a three year contract with the New England Patriots. The contract calls for a total payout of $27 million with $15 million guaranteed, $12 million of which is in the form of a signing bonus. Randy is grateful to Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick and Scott Pioli for agreeing to the terms of this contract. Randy was serious about wanting to stay. Because of Randy's record-breaking year, the interest in him was very high. Randy took less than he could have to rejoin his teammates.”
March 4, 2008 update Mike Reiss blogged on 3/4 - "Here are some more details on Randy Moss's contract with the Patriots:"


March 2, 2009 update Mike Reiss blogged om March 2nd that the "Patriots took $1.5 million of what Moss was to earn in 2009 and guaranteed that figure by turning it into a bonus. That freed up about $750,000 on the 2009 salary cap, and will increase Moss's salary cap charge in 2010."
November 24, 2010 update Randy Moss earned $1,505,883 in salary during his four weeks on the Patriots 53-man roster.

Marques Murrell - ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogeed on March 16th that " Murrell is scheduled to earn a base salary of $600,000 in 2010 and a base salary of $700,000 in 2011. He earns a signing bonus of $100,000, and has workout bonuses of $50,000 each in 2010 and 2011."
September 13, 2010 update With his September 10th release, Marques Murrell will count $192,574 against the 2010 Patriots salary cap - $100,000 in signing bonus proration, $57,280 in offseason workout bonus money and

Rob Myers - - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Rob Myers is making $150,000 this season while on the practice squad. $150,000 divided by 17 games times 9 (# of games Myers is scheduled to be on the practice squad) = $79,411.

Stephen Neal - From Mike Reiss' blog - "Neal's four-year deal has a total value of slightly more than $10 million. The contract includes a $3.2 million signing bonus and base salaries of $600,000 in 2006; $1.7 million in 2007; $2.1 million in 2008; and $2.5 million in 2009."
March 31, 2006 update - From Mike Reiss's blog - "Neal's four-year deal is worth approximately $10.5 million. It included a $3.2 million signing bonus, a workout bonus of $106,160 in 2006, and workout bonuses of $106,720 in each season from 2007-2009."
March 11, 2010 update - According to the NFLPA players' salary database Stephen Neal's salaries are $1,500,000 in 2010 and $3,000,000 in 2011.
March 15, 2010 update - ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that Neal's contract "is for two years and totals $6.5 million. Between signing bonus and salary, it pays Neal $4 million this season, with the remainder coming in 2011."
March 16, 2010 update - ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Following up on the two-year, $6.5 million contract signed by Stephen Neal. The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus and pays Neal a base salary of $1.5 million in 2010 and $3 million in 2011 ($1 million guaranteed). Neal can earn $100,000 each in 2010 and 2011 in the form of workout bonuses."

Rob Ninkovich - I am presuming that Ninkovich's deal is a one-year package and that his base salary is $535,000 - the minimum for a player with his experience. I am also presuming that he did not received a signing bonus as part of the deal. As such, his contract does NOT qualify for the veteran minimum benefit since he does not have 4 years of experience.
December 13, 2009 update
ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged on 12/12/2009 that "Outside linebacker/defensive end Rob Ninkovich recently inked a new deal through 2011 which includes a $350,000 signing bonus. Ninkovich, who earns a base salary of $535,000 this season, is scheduled to earn $650,000 in 2010 and $650,000 in 2011. The new contract includes workout bonuses and playing time incentives in 2010 and 2011."

Terrence Nunn - - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Terrence Nunn is making $88,400 this season while on the practice squad.
December 13, 2009 update
Terrence Nunn earned $57,200 during his 11 weeks on the Patriots practice squad.

Ryan O'Callaghan - From Mike Reiss' blog - "Fifth-round pick Ryan O'Callaghan has a contract similar in structure -- a four-year pact with a $190,500 signing bonus. His base salaries are minimums of $275,000 (2006), $360,000 (2007), $445,000 (2008) and $530,000 (2009). Like Mills, his base salary can increase in the final year based on playing-time incentives."
November 22, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database O'Callaghan earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
December 31, 2008 update Because Ryan did not earn a credited season in 2008, his 2009 salary will be $460,000 (the minimum for a player with two credited seasons) rather than $530,000 (the minimum for a player with three credited seasons.
September 6, 2009 update With his release on September 5th Ryan O'Callaghan will count $54,905 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus and $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money) against the Patriots 2009 cap.

Kevin O'Connell - O'Connell's contract is a four-year deal, with a $760,500 signing bonus. The base salaries are:

Going past Patriots rookie contracts the final year probably includes an escalator that could increase the value of the base salary based on playing time in the first three years of the deal.
August 31,2009 update With his release on August 31st Kevin O'Connell will count $478,280 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus and $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money) against the Patriots 2009 cap.

Rich Ohrnberger - Unsigned draft picks are automatically tendered a salary of $310,000.
September 6, 2010 update With his release on September 4th Rich Ohrnberger will count $345,530 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus ($338,250 plus the $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money I am presuming that he earned) against the Patriots 2010 cap.
September 10, 2010 updatePractice squad players, like Rich Ohrnberger, make $5,200 a week, or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
September 14, 2010 update On September 14th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "in recent years, the Patriots have paid some practice squad players a higher salary than the norm. The sweetened deals have led some players to pass on the opportunity to join another team's active roster, or helped them pick the Patriots' practice squad over another team's practice squad. Four of the Patriots' eight practice squad players this year have contracts that fall into that category:

Quinn Ojinnaka - On September 15th ESPN.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Ojinnaka had been scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.759 million. He will now earn a base salary of $640,000, with a chance to make up and possibly exceed his previous salary if he reaches incentives."

Pat Paschall - On June 24th ESPN.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that Paschall "received an $8,500 signing bonus as part of his two-year contract with the Patriots."
July 26, 2010 update With his release on June 24th Pat Paschall will count $8,500 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus against the Patriots 2010 cap.

David Patten - On February 27th ESPN.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "As one would expect, veteran receiver David Patten's contract with the Patriots is a one-year pact at the league minimum for a player with his experience." As such, his contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning that his salary cap charge is $477,280."

Taylor Price - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
May 25, 2010 update - On May 25th the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged that the "It’s a four-year deal worth $3.35 million. We now know the signing bonus is $704,600." base salary."

Myron Pryor - On July 14th, 2009 "Aaron Wilson of PFT reports that it's a four-year deal, including a $79,000 signing bonus and the minimum base salaries, along with a potential escalator in year four. The total base value is $1.829 million."

Vince Redd - 2008 Practice squad players, like Redd, make $5,200 a week or $88,400 for the 17-week season.
January 10, 2009 update Redd has a 2009 salary of $385,000 and a 2010 salary of $470,000.

Darryl Richard - Weei.Com's Christopher Price blogged that "According to a league source, Richard signed a “pretty standard four-year deal. Nothing too out of the ordinary. No numbers were disclosed, but multiple sources indicate he received a signing bonus of roughly $48,000."
September 6, 2009 update With his release on September 5th Darryl Richard will count $48,000 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus) against the Patriots 2009 cap.
September 9, 2009 update - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Darryl Richard is making $88,400 this season while on the practice squad.
December 20, 2009 update On 12/15 ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "The Patriots are apparently pleased with Richard's progress, as they recently upped his salary from $150,000 to $310,000, paying him as if had a spot on the 53-man active roster". I am going to presume that Richard's salary was increased with 5 weeks left in the season. $5,200 * 9 = $46,800. $310.000/17 * 5 = $91,176. $46,800 + $91,176 = $137, 976.
August 31, 2010 update I am presuming that Richard's RFA tender offer included a split salary provision that kicked in once he was placed on Injured Reserve making his 2010 salary $225,000.

Mike Richardson - On July 17, 2007 Mike Reiss reported in his blog that "the contract signed by sixth-round pick Mike Richardson (cornerback) is a four-year package with an $86,000 signing bonus. The base salaries are minimums of $285,000 in 2007; $370,000 in 2008; $460,000 in 2009; and $550,000 in 2010. The base salary in 2010 can escalate to the low restricted free agent tender." In 2010 the low restricted free agent tender will be $1.101 million.
September 5, 2008 update - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Richardson is making $150,000 this season while on the practice squad.
October 20, 2008 update Richardson earned $52,941 while on the practice squad for 6 weeks. He is scheduled to earn $190,882 during the 11 weeks of the regular season. $52,941 + $190,882 = $243,824.
January 10, 2009 update Richardson has a 2009 salary of $385,000 and a 2010 salary of $470,000.

Zac Robinson - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
July 26, 2010 update KTUL.Com reported that Zac Robinson's "contract has a total base value of $1.828 million which includes a signing bonus of around $38,000."
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Zac Robinson will count $38,835 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Bo Ruud - On July 16th Mike Reiss blogged - "Following up on the contract signed by Patriots sixth-round pick Bo Ruud, it is a four-year pact. The deal includes a signing bonus of $84,900 and minimum base salaries of $295,000 in 2008; $385,000 in 2009; $470,000 in 2010; and $555,000 in 2011."
August 30, 2008 update I am presuming that Ruud had a split contract lowering his salary to $200,000 if he was placed on IR.
December 31, 2008 update Because Bo did not earn a credited season in 2008, his 2009 salary will be $310,000 (the minimum for a player with no credited seasons) rather than $385,000 (the minimum for a player with one credited season).
April 29, 2009 update With his release on April 29th Bo Ruud will count $63,675 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus) against the Patriots 2009 cap.

James Sanders -  From Mike Reiss' blog- "Safety James Sanders, selected 133rd overall (fourth round), signed a four-year contract with a $380,000 signing bonus. Not including escalators, the pact is worth $1.76 million. The base salaries are the minimum in each year: $230,000 (2005), $310,000 (2006), $385,000 (2007), $460,000 (2008 ). There are escalators in the deal tied to the first three years that could increase the base salary in the fourth year."
March 4, 2008 update According to the NFLPA.org site Sanders' 2008 salary is now scheduled to be $927,000 so it appeared that Sanders did enough to have his escalators increase his 2008 salary to the low RFA tender level - $927,000.
November 22, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database James Sanders earned $4,200 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.
March 1, 2009 update Scout.Com reported that "the Patriots agreed to terms on a three-year worth $9 million. He'll make close to $4 million in the first year of the deal. ". Here's my 1st guess at the deal's parameters based on the above. A $2.25 million signing bonus with salaries of $1,750,000 in 2009;$2,275,000 in 2010;$2,725,000 in 2011 - ending up with cap numbers of $2,500,000 in 2009;$3,025,000 in 2010 and $3,475,000 in 2011.
March 7, 2009 update Sanders' actual salaries are $620,000 in 2009; $2,300,000 in 2010, and $2,800,000. I am now guessing that Sanders got a $2.25 million signing bonus and a $1,130,000 2009 roster bonus.
April 5, 2009 update The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged today that "Sanders's three-year contract includes base salaries of $620,000 (2009), $2.3 million (2010) and $2.8 million (2011). He receives a signing bonus of $1.8 million, and a roster bonus of $1.2 million that was paid in mid-March. The deal also includes workout bonuses from $80,000-$100,000, depending on the year."

Lewis Sanders- On 3/8 Mike Reiss blogged that "CB Lewis Sanders signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $730,000. He received a $40,000 signing bonus. The contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning his salary cap charge is $491,000."
November 16, 2008 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Lewis Sanders earned $4,680 in offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $6,720 that I previously had him earning.

Brian Simmons - I am going to presume that Simmons signed an one-year contract that includes a $320,000 salary.

Matt Slater - Mike Reiss reported in his blog that the "contract signed by fifth-round draft choice Matthew Slater" was "a four-year deal, with a $175,000 signing bonus. The base salaries are:

The final year includes an escalator that could increase the value of the base salary based on playing time in the first three years of the deal."
June 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Slater earned $6,890 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.

Brandon Spikes - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
July 26, 2010 update On July 26th the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian blogged that " Brandon Spikes has just agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $3.215 million. His signing bonus is $960,000. (Updated: the deal also includes a $450,000 one-time incentive)"
December 11, 2010 update On December 11th Mac's Football Blog reported that "Spikes will lose $75,295 in base salary during his suspension."

Shawn Springs - NFL.Com's Adam Schefter blogged on 3/5 that Springs' deal with the Patriots "has a max value of $12.8 million."
March 9, 2009 update - ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that a "source told ESPN.com's John Clayton on Monday that the deal is worth in excess of $10.5 million over three years, and if Springs reaches all of his playing incentives he could make as much as $13 million."
March 12, 2009 update - Springs' salaries are as follows ($1,750,000 in 2009, $2,225,000 in 2010, and $2,750,000 in 2011) for a total of $6,750,000 in salaries. I am presuming that he got a $3,750,000 signing bonus. Such a signing bonus would make his deal "in excess of $10.5 million over three years".
April 3, 2009 update - The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged today that Springs' contract "is a three-year pact, with base salaries of $1.75 million in 2009, $2.25 million in 2010, and $2.75 million in 2011. The deal includes a $2.7 million signing bonus and workout bonuses of $100,000 per year. This is a sizable deal for the 34-year-old Springs, who will earn $4.55 million this season. "
July 26, 2010 update - With his release on May 18th Shawn Springs will count $1,907,280 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus plus the $107,280 in offseason workout bonus money I am presuming that he earned) against the Patriots 2010 cap.

Isaiah Stanback - - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Isaiah Stanback is making $88,400 this season while on the practice squad.
November 15, 2009 update With his elevation to the 53-man roster Stanback is scheduled to make $145,880 (the prorated portion of his rookie salary of $310,000). Stanback made $46,800 during his 9 weeks on the practice week. $145,880 + $46,800 = $192,680.
November 19, 2009 update ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged on November 19th that "Stanback's deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus and has base salaries of $460,000 in 2009 and $560,000 in 2010. There is also a 2010 offseason roster bonus of $25,000. Because 2010 is scheduled to be uncapped, the 2010 offseason roster bonus will be treated like a signing bonus. Correction to the 11/15 update - "With his elevation to the 53-man roster Stanback is scheduled to make $243,522 (the prorated portion of his $460,000 salary). Stanback made $46,800 during his 9 weeks on the practice week. $243,522 + $46,800 = $285,122.
June 3, 2010 update On May 30th ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss blogged that "One reason the Patriots might have waived receiver Isaiah Stanback last Thursday was economics. He was due a $25,000 roster bonus in mid-June and the Patriots might have figured it was too much to pay for a player who was a long shot for a roster spot at an already-crowded position."
July 26, 2010 update With his release on May 27th Isaiah Stanback will count $32,280 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus plus the $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money I am presuming that he earned) against the Patriots 2010 cap.

Brandon Tate - The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper blogged on 7/16/2009 that Brandon Tate's deal "is for four years with a $755,000 signing bonus."
February 20, 2010 update Since Tate spent the entire 2009 season as an inactive player (first PUP, then on IR), it did not count as a credited season for him. Therefore, his 2010 salary will be the minimum for a player with zero credited seasons - $320,000.

Chris Taylor - - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Chris Taylor is making $460,000 this season. I am presuming that he is making $245,000 on a split contract because he was placed on the Injured Reserve list.
January 1, 2010 update According to the USAToday salary database Chris Taylor's 2010 cap number was $460,000 which means that he was not on a split contract.

Fred Taylor - ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that " Taylor agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract that pays him $3 million in 2009 and $2 million next season."
February 28, 2009 update SI.Com's Don Banks blogged that "My colleague, Peter King, reports that Taylor signed a two-year, $8 million deal with New England, receiving a $1.45 million signing bonus".
March 3, 2009 update SI.com's Peter King reported that the Patriots were able to "sign running back Fred Taylor on Friday afternoon (two years, $8 million, approximately $2.3 in 2009 cap dollars)." I am presuming that Taylor's 2009 salary is $1.55 million which would mesh with Pasquarelli's cash report and King's salary cap number.
March 6, 2009 update I was able to confirm on the NFLPA site that Taylor's 2009 salary is indeed $1.55 million and his 2010 salary is $2 million.

Mike Teel - When the Patriots claimed QB Mike Teel on waivers from the Seahawks, they inherited his four-year contract but not the signing bonus proration.

Adalius Thomas - Peter King reported that "the breakdown, according to Management Council documents obtained Sunday night


July 26, 2010 update With his release on April 26th Adalius Thomas will count $8,800,000 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus) against the Patriots 2010 cap.

Thad Turner - Practice squad players, like Thad Turner, make $5,200 a week, or $41,600 for the 8 weeks he is scheduled to be on the practice squad.

Ross Ventrone I am presuming that Ventrone will earn $5,200 per week while on the Patriots' practice squad. Sebastian Vollmer - ProFootballTalk.Com's Aaron Wilson reported that the "four-year contract that New England Patriots second-round offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer signed this week includes $1.76 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source. Including a fourth-year escalator clause, the contract carries a maximum value of $3.105 million. Vollmer is due to receive a $250,000 roster bonus on the second day of training camp this year. He's also scheduled to get a $915,000 option bonus next March. There's another $285,000 in guaranteed money in the second year of the deal with the first-year salary guaranteed as well."
July 18, 2009 update I am figuring that the $1.76 million in guaranteed money consists of the following: $250,000 2009 roster bonus, $310,000 2009 salary, $915,000 2010 option bonus, and $285,000 of his 2010 $395,000 salary. I am guesstimating that his 2011 salary is $535,000 and that his 2012 salary is $675,000 so that his deal perfectly tracks the 25% rule for rookie deals. With my presumption Vollmer's contract has a maximum value of $3.08 million excluding offseason bonuses.
July 27, 2009 update Vollmer's 2011 salary is actually $510,000 and his 2012 salary is actually $650,000.
April 7, 2010 update The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport blogged on April 7th that "the NFL Players Association database has been updated, which means a few players have new base salaries for 2010. It seems four Patriots in all were affected, based on some escalators. Here is the rundown:...OT Sebastian Vollmer's salary went from $395K to $420K (raise of $25K)."

Gerard Warren - I am presuming that Gerard Warren's contract with the Patriots is a one-year pact at the league minimum for a player with his experience. As such, his contract will qualify for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning that his salary cap charge is $477,280."
April 29, 2010 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Warren is scheduled to earn a base salary of $900,000. He received a $40,000 signing bonus as part of the deal. Warren can also earn additional money in the form of incentives (up to $440,000) and a workout bonus ($27,000)."

Ty Warren - ESPN.Com's John Clayton reported on 7/19 - "The New England Patriots and first-round choice Ty Warren reached agreement on a six-year deal, including escalators, which could be worth as much as $21 million. A signing bonus and a 2004 option bonus that totals more than $6 million also are included in the deal. His base salary and bonuses total more than $7 million.Warren is projected to be a starting defensive end in the Patriots' 3-4 defense. He was the 13th player selected in the draft in what was considered the best defensive-line draft in recent NFL history. The contract, which was negotiated by his agent, Kennard McGuire, was completed Saturday, four days before the opening of the Patriots training camp. There is around $7 million in escalators in the contract, more than three-quarters of them are obtainable by playing time and the remainder achievable by Pro Bowl appearances."
July 21, 2003 update - Nick Cafardo reported "No. 1 pick Ty Warren, the 13th overall selection in the April draft, was signed to a six-year deal that could be worth up to $20.3 million. The deal includes a huge payment of up to $7 million on the back side of the contract based on Warren's performance in the first five years of the deal. The Texas A&M star also received a $3 million signing bonus and a $3.5 million option bonus payable in March 2004."
July 22, 2003 update - Nick Cafardo reported:
Warren agreed to split his bonuses. He receives $2 million within three days of signing and another $1 million by Oct. 15.The deal is actually a four-year deal, but grows to six years if the Patriots pick up the options for the '07 and '08 seasons by May 31, 2004. At that point, Warren would get an additional $3.25 million in two payments and new salaries from '04 through '08. If the Patriots don't believe Warren is suitably developing after his rookie season, they can decline the options and instead pay him through 2006. His yearly salaries -- $955,000 for '04, $1.145 million in '05, and most of his $1.335 million in '06 -- would be guaranteed if the Patriots don't pick up the options. If the Patriots pick up the $3.25 million option, Warren's yearly salaries would be (after making $765,000 this season), $305,000 in '04, $495,000 in '05, $685,000 in '06, $875,000 in '07, and $1.05 million in '08, but those salaries wouldn't be guaranteed. Starting next year, Warren must pay back $100,000 per year of his bonus (up to $500,000) if he fails to complete at least 90 percent of his offseason workouts."
From ESPN.Com - "Signing bonus: $3,000,000. Base salaries: $765,000 (2003); $955,000 (2004, plus $3,250,000 option bonus); $1,145,000 (2005); $1,335,000 (2006); $875,000 (2007); $1,050,000 (2008, includes escalator). Note: If option bonus exercised, base salaries are reduced to $350,000 (2004); $495,000 (2005); $685,000 (2006). Total: six years, $10,800,000. Cap charge: $1,265,000."
June 27, 2004 update - Michael Smith of the Boston Globe reported:"Warren can increase his 2007 salary by $3.7 million and his pay in 2008 by $5.6 million through individual and team performance clauses.)"
March 2, 2007 update - Pats1 noticed that Warren's salary increased from $875,000 to $1,075,000 on the NFLPA.org site on 3/2/2007 which most likely means that he reached an escalator clause.
March 31, 2007 update On March 30, 2007 Mike Reiss blogged that Warren has "has escalators in his contract that could increase his 2008 base salary up to $5.6 million more than he is scheduled to earn that year ($1.05 million). "
August 17, 2007 update According to the NFLPA.org site Warren's 2008 salary was scheduled to be $1.45 million so it appeared that he had already reached some of his escalators.
August 20,2007 update Noticed that Warren's new salaries were on the NFLPA.org site. They are as follows:


August 21, 2007 update Mike Reiss blogged that "Warren received a $7 million signing bonus and $7 million option bonus as part of the extension. The extension includes $18 million in guarantees. The three-year average of new money is $7.4 million."
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Warren earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money, not the $6,720 that I had reported previously.
May 23, 2010 update For some unknown reason 187,498 was added to Warren's 2008/2009/2010/2011 cap numbers and $374,996 was subtracted from his 2012/2013 cap numbers. You can find a breakdown of Ty Warren's cap hits at warren.gif

Thomas Welch - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
June 13, 2010 update Mac's Football Blog reported that Welch received a $69,127 signing bonus. Thanks to Chris Price for first noticing that number.
September 5, 2010 update Because of his release on September 4th I am calculating that Thomas Welch will count $69,127 (his signing bonus) against the 2010 Patriots cap.

Wes Welker - A very reliable source reported that Wes Welker got a $5.5 million signing bonus and and that his protected option bonus is $3.5 million. The source also reported that Welker "has $250,000 roster bonuses each season after this one, plus workout bonuses each year after this one of $100,000 plus the standard amount".


March 3, 2009 update Welker was paid a $250,000 roster bonus on March 3rd.

Ryan Wendell - On September 24, 2008 Wendell was signed to the practice squad with 14 weeks left in the season. $5,200 * 16 = $72,800.
January 10, 2009 update - According to the NFLPlayers salary database Ryan Wendell signed a three-year deal with salaries of $310,000 in 2009, $395,000 in 2010, and $480,000 in 2011.
October 21, 2009 update -  On September 24, 2009 Wendell was signed to the practice squad with 14 weeks left in the season. His salary is $170,000 for the season or $10,000 per week. $10,000 * 14 = $140,000.
October 30, 2009 update -  Wendell earned $54,706 during his 3 weeks on the 53-man roster.
December 20, 2009 update On 12/15 ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "the Patriots also upped the salary of practice squad offensive lineman Ryan Wendell to $310,000. I am going to presume that Wendell's salary was increased with 7 weeks left in the season. $10,000 * 7 = $70,000. $310.000/17 * 7 = $127,647. $70,000 + $91,176 = $197,647.
January 1, 2010 update -  Wendell will have earned $252,353 in salary in 2009. $72,941 during his 4 weeks on the 53-man roster and $179,412 during his 13 weeks on the practice squad.

Kade Weston - Unsigned 2010 draft picks are automatically tendered the rookie salary of $320,000.
August 31, 2010 update I am presuming that Weston's rookie contract included a split salary provision that kicked in once he was placed on Injured Reserve making his 2010 salary $225,000.

Terrence Wheatley - On July 23 the Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper reported that "According to an NFL source, Wheatley signed a four-year deal averaging $648,750 per season. He received an $890,000 signing bonus and will carry a $295,000 base salary for 2008."

Shun White - According to the NFLPlayers salary database White is signed through the 2009 season.
December 28, 2009 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database White received a $2,000 signing bonus. I am presuming that the bonus will count against the Patriots 2009 cap even though White's contract was tolled to the 2010 season.

Vince Wilfork -  Mike Reiss of The MetroWest Daily News reported on 7/19 that "Patriots have reached a contract agreement with first-round pick Vince Wilfork today, signing him to a six-year contract that could be worth up to $18.05 million. The contract includes $5.825 million worth of bonus money -- $3 million coming in the form of a signing bonus and $2.5 million as part of an option bonus to be paid in the first week of 2005. The deal also includes a $325,000 roster bonus for 2004. The 2005 and 2006 base salaries are guaranteed, meaning the deal includes $6.575 million worth of guaranteed money." On 7/20 Reiss reported that "the total value of the contract could possibly be up to $18.05 million, with a $4 million "escalator" in the fifth year and a $5 million "escalator" in the sixth year. Wilfork's "escalators" start kicking in at 55 percent time, which puts him in the minority. Most 2003 draft picks started at 60 percent. The club retains an option on the final two years of the deal, which includes a $500,000 bonus if Wilfork makes the Pro Bowl in his fifth year and $400,000 bonus if he makes it in Year 6."
July 21, 2004 update - From ESPN.Com - "1a. DT Vince Wilfork (Miami/No. 21 selection overall). Signing bonus: $3,000,000. Base salaries: $325,000 (2004, plus $325,000 roster bonus); $810,000 (2005, plus $2,500,000 option bonus); $940,000 (2006); $1,100,000 (2007); $700,000 (2008); $800,000 (2009). Note: If option exercised, base salaries reduce to $310,000 (2005), $440,000 (2006), $600,000 (2007). Base salaries are guaranteed in both 2005-2006. Total: six years, $9 million, but could be worth as much as $18.05 million if all "escalators" are earned. Salary cap charge: $1,150,000.
March 10, 2005 update - It appears from the NFLPA site that the Patriots exercised their option paying Wilfork his $2.5 million bonus and lowering his future salaries.
April 7, 2005 update - From the CBA - "[A]ny multi-year Player Contract not unconditionally approved by the Commissioner as of the date hereof, other than any multi-year Player Contract executed in the last Capped Year of this Agreement, that extends from a Capped Year into any Uncapped Year (hereinafter “Subject Contract”). For purposes of determining Team Salary, if (i) the sum of the player’s Paragraph 5 Salary, roster bonuses that are based upon the player making any of the Club’s roster categories without limitation, and reporting bonuses during all Capped Years of the Subject Contract (but, if there are fewer than three remaining Capped Years, during the first three years of the Subject Contract) in the aggregate less than (ii) the portion of the Subject Contract’s signing bonus that would be allocated to those League Years if the signing bonus were prorated equally over the term of the Subject Contract, then: the difference between the amounts calculated pursuant to (ii) and (i) of this sentence, up to 50% of the portion of the signing bonus that would otherwise be allocated to the Uncapped Years (the “Difference”), shall be deducted in equal portions from those Uncapped Years and reallocated in equal portions over the Capped Years of the Subject Contract (or, if there are fewer than three Capped Years within the term of the Subject Contract, over the first three years of the Subject Contract).
In Wilfork's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the 1st 3 years of his contract totaled out to $1,400,000. The combined prorated signing bonuses in the 1st 3 years of the contract (2004-2006) totaled out to be $2,500,000. That is a $1,100,000 difference. 1,100,000/2=550,000. 1,100,000/3=366,667. There will be a $550,000 charge added to Wilfork's cap numbers for the years 2005 and 2006 and then there will be a $366,667 credit subtracted from Wilfork's 2007, 2008 and 2009 cap numbers.
April 9, 2006 update On January 22nd the Boston Globe had in their written edition of the Boston Sunday Globe a chart listing the 2006 cap hits for all of the players signed for the 2006 season. Wilfork's cap hit was listed as $1.99 or $1,990,000 so I rechecked my Deion calculations and I now think that my prior method was incorrect. The shown calculations are the correct ones.
December 1, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL player salary database Wilfork earned $5,160 in offseason workout bonus money, not the $6,720 that I had reported previously.
December 20, 2007 update According to NFLNetwork's Adam Schefter, Wilfork "had a Pro Bowl escalator in his contract that boosted next year’s base salary by $500,000." so his 2008 salary now listed as $700,000 will be at least $1,200,000.
March 4, 2008 update According to the NFLPA.org site Wilfork's 2008 salary is now scheduled to be $1.4 million so it appeared that Wilfork had earned $700,000 out of possible $4 million in escalators.
December 31, 2008 update I am presuming that when Wilfork reached the escalators for the 2008 season that they also increased his 2009 salary by at least the same amount.
March 3, 2009 update According to the NFLPA.org site Wilfork's 2009 salary is now scheduled to be $2.3 million so it appeared that Wilfork had earned $1,500,000 out of possible $5 million in escalators.
March 2, 2010 update The 2010 franchise tag number for a defensive tackle is $7,003,000.
March 5, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "Deal is for five years, $40 million. $25 million guaranteed. $18 million signing bonus."
March 10, 2010 update The Boston Globe's Albert Breer blogged that "So here it is, as reported to the NFLPA:

SIGNING BONUS - $18 million

Add it all up and it comes to $40 million, on the nose. No escalators or hard-to-reach incentives. Simply put, if Vince plays out this deal, makes weight, and shows up for the offseason program, he stands to earn every last penny on his new deal, which expires a little ways after his 33rd birthday."

Jonathan Wilhite - Wilhite's contract is a four-year deal, with a $405,500 signing bonus. The base salaries are:

Going by recent past Patriots rookie contracts the final year probably includes an escalator that could increase the value of the base salary based on playing time in the first three years of the deal.
June 26, 2010 update According to the performance-based program Wilhite earned $6,240 in 2009 offseason workout bonus money, rather than the $7,280 that I previously had him earning.

Tank Williams- On 3/8 Mike Reiss blogged that "S Tank Williams signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $605,000. He did not receive a signing bonus. There is a $40,000 workout bonus as part of the deal. The contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning his salary cap charge is $491,000."
August 10, 2008 update Tank's contract included a $230,000 split salary which I presume kicked in once Tank was placed on IR.
April 10, 2009 update On 4/10 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged that the Tank Williams' contract is "a one-year pact, with a base salary of $620,000. There are no bonuses in the deal, which is not surprising given that Williams is coming off a serious knee injury. This deal qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning his salary cap charge is $460,000."

Thomas Williams- Thomas Williams is scheduled to make $41,600 during his 8 weeks on the Patriots practice squad.

DeAngelo Willingham - DeAngelo Willingham made $15,600 this season during his 3 weeks on the Patriots practice squad.

Danny Woodhead Woodhead's 2010 salary is $395,000. $395,000 divided by 17 times 16 weeks that Woodhead is scheduled to be on the Patriots 53-man roster.

Pierre Woods I am presuming that Woods received a $445,000 ERFA tender.
November 12, 2008 update - According to the USAToday salary database Woods earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money.
February 27, 2009 update - Mike Reiss blogged today that "the Patriots tendered restricted free agent OLB Pierre Woods at the second-round level today. The one-year tender for Woods is for $1.54 million."
December 27, 2009 update According to the USAToday player salary database Woods received $7,280 in other bonus money. I am guesstimating that it is made of $7,280 in offseason workout bonus money.
March 4, 2010 update The Patriots made Woods a RFA tender offer that makes his 2010 salary of $1,176,000.
April 24, 2010 update According to the NFLPA player database Woods' 2010 salary is $1,250,000.
April 26, 2010 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "outside linebacker Pierre Woods did not sign his restricted free-agent tender. Instead, he inked a one-year deal that has a base salary of $1.25 million. The deal includes a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $400,000 in incentives."
November 24, 2010 update On November 18th ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Linebacker Pierre Woods' contract to re-join the Patriots is a two-year pact, which opens the possibility that his return could extend into the 2011 season. Woods is scheduled to earn a base salary of $630,000 this season (prorated over the final seven weeks), and a base salary of $640,000 next season."

Mike Wright - Mike Wright's RFA tender was $1,417,000.
November 12, 2008 update - According to the USAToday salary database Wright earned $5,640 in offseason workout bonus money.
March 14, 2009 update - ESPN.Com's John Clayton reported that "Wright, according to a source, agreed to a four-year, $7.5 million deal to re-sign with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but the deal has plenty of perks. There are $10 million of potential playing time escalators in the four-year deal, the source said. Considering he was a defensive lineman who played 44 percent of the snaps, Wright has a good chance to cash in on those playing time escalators and incentives."
March 17, 2009 update Mike Wright's salaries are as follows:


Because the increase in salary from 2010 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2012 is the same amount ($390,000) I believe that Wright will receive a $680,000 roster bonus in 2009 making his total compensation in 2009 $1.3 million. 30% of $1.3 million is $390,000.
March 22, 2009 update The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper reported that "Wright agreed to a four-year, $7.5 million deal ($1.8 million signing bonus), with playing-time escalators that could increase the value of the contract by $10 million". I emailed him about the existence of a roster bonus. He replied that there was one aand it was for $600,000. I am presuming that Wright is getting a $75,000 offseason workout bonus because that amount would make his contract in compliance with the CBA.
April 5, 2009 updateThe Boston Globe's Mike Reiss blogged that "Wright's four-year pact includes base salaries of $620,000 (2009), $1.2 million (2010), $1.24 million (2011) and $1.28 million (2012). He receives a signing bonus of $1.8 million, and a roster bonus of $600,000 that was paid in mid-March. The deal also includes workout bonuses from $80,000-$100,000, depending on the year."
December 27, 2009 update According to the USAToday player salary database Wright received $687,280 in other bonus money. I am guesstimating that it is made of a $600,000 roster bonus and $87,280 in offseason workout bonus money.
April 7, 2010 update ESPNBoston.Com's Mike Reiss blogged that "Safety Brandon McGowan and defensive lineman Mike Wright reached unspecified incentives in 2009, which has significantly boosted their salaries for 2010.....Wright was scheduled to earn $1.2 million this season. He will now earn $2.125 million in base salary. " Wright's 2011 salary was also increased from $1,240,000 to $2,165,000. Wright's 2012 salary was also increased from $1,280,000 to $2,205,000

Billy Yates - According to Mike Reiss' blog - "The contract extension signed by offensive lineman Billy Yates is a three-year package worth $2.1 million, according to NFL Players Association documents. Yates received a $325,000 signing bonus. His base salaries are $510,000 for 2007; $605,000 for 2008; and $650,000 for 2009."
February 17, 2009 update With his release on February 17 Yates will count $108,334 (the remaining amortization of his signing bonus) against the Patriots 2009 cap.
February 21, 2009 update I am presuming that Yates' deal is a one-year package and that his base salary is $620,000 - the minimum for a player with his experience. I am also presuming that he received a $40,000 signing bonus as part of the deal. As such, his contract qualifies for the veteran minimum benefit, meaning that his salary cap charge is $507,280."

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