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Eric Alexander - I am presuming that Eric Alexander got an one-year deal that included a $350,000 salary.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USATOday NFL salary database Alexander earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money.

Willie Andrews - From ProFootballTalk.Com - "the Patriots have signed seventh-round CB Willie Andrews to a four-year deal with a $46,500 signing bonus; the fourth-year salary escalates to the low RFA tender based on minimum play-time and a team qualifier."

Rodney Bailey - Rodney Bailey signed a two-year extension on December 14, 2004. Bailey got a $325,000 signing bonus as part of that deal.

Rashad Baker - Baker is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the last seven weeks of the season. $425,000/17 * 8 = $200,000

Tully Banta-Cain - The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported on 7/21 that "Banta-Cain, a defensive end/ linebacker from Cal, agreed to a four-year deal, but he has an undisclosed injury that may delay his Patriots debut."
July 22 updateFrom ESPN.Com: "Signing bonus: $30,750. Base salaries: $225,000 (2003); $305,000 (2004); $380,000 (2005); $460,000 (2006, includes escalator). Total: four years, $1,400,750. Cap charge: $232,687."
July 8, 2007 update According to the USATOday NFL salary database Banta-Cain earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money.

Brian Barthelmes - Barthelmes was on the practice squad for one week in October and is scheduled to be on the practice squad for the last 7 weeks of the season. $4,700 * 8 = $37,600

Danny Baugher - Baugher is scheduled to be on the practice squad for the last 12 weeks of the season at a salary of $4,700 per week. $4,700 * 12 = 56,400

Monty Beisel - Mike Felger reported "The Pats officially announced the signing of linebacker Monty Beisel. According to sources, Beisel's two-year contract is in the neighborhhood of recent free agent contracts signed by linebackers Orlando Huff of Arizona (two years, $2 million, $400,000 signing bonus) and Donnie Spragan of Miami (two years, $1.9 million, $500,000 signing bonus)." so I am going to presume that Beisel got a $450,000 signing bonus.
September 7, 2005 update, A NFLPA.org research document indirectly shows that Beisel earned $4,180 in offseason workout bonus money and that he received a $425,000 signing bonus.

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 brady.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.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USATOday NFL salary database Brady earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money.

Deion Branch - Tom Curran of the Providence Journal provided some details of Branch's contract while quoting Alan Herman, Branch's agent - "We finally worked out the five-year deal with $3 million worth of incentives, which will kick in during the fifth year if he meets the performance levels in his first four seasons." The incentives are based on receiving yards. Herman wouldn't be specific, but he did say that 900 yards is one of the first plateaus for Branch to hit. With Troy Brown, David Patten and Donald Hayes in the mix at wide receiver and fellow rookie Daniel Graham at tight end, it'll likely be a while before Branch gets enough balls to get 900 yards. Branch's deal includes $1,025,000 in signing bonus. His salaries are the second-round minimums -- $225,000, $300,000, $380,000, $455,000 and $545,000."
October 25, 2005 update On 10/25/2005 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Branch's 2005 cap number was $664,180, which most likely means that Branch earned $4,180 in offseason workout bonus money and not the maximum of $6,160.
March 2, 2006 update Branch's 2006 salary used to be listed as $545,000 on the NFLPA site. It is now listed as $1,045,000 so it appears that he got a $500,000 raise.
August 31, 2006 update John Czarnecki wrote that "there were reasonable incentives in his contract that would have boosted his '06 salary. The trouble was that Branch reached only the first escalator in his contract, which paid him $500,000 extra if he had 900 receiving yards in a single season. He did it last season, and that bonus was added to his base pay of $545,000 this season. The maximum Branch could have received this season was $3.545 million if he had reached 1,100 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. He would have gotten a $1 million bonus for simply doing it once."

Wesley Britt - I am presuming that Wesley Britt got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USATOday NFL salary database Britt earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money.

Chad Brown - John Clayton reported on ESPN.Com - "That chance persuaded him to pick the Patriots over the Saints on Friday in accepting a two-year, $4 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million this season. The contract includes another $500,000 in incentives he can make based on playing time and performance." May 13, 2005 update - The MetroWest Daily News' Mike Reiss reported: "According to NFL Players Association documents, Brown's deal with the Patriots is a two-year, $2.35 million package, with a $485,000 signing bonus. Brown's base salary is $765,000 in 2005 and $800,000 in 2006, and he's due a $100,000 roster bonus in 2005 and a $200,000 roster bonus in 2006. The specific dates the roster bonuses are due is unknown. Brown's salary cap hit for 2005 is $1.1 million. There are also unspecified incentives in the deal."
September 7, 2005 update A NFLPA.org research document indirectly shows that Chad Brown's roster bonus was actually $109,375 and that he earned $660 in offseason workout bonus money.

Troy Brown - From Mike Reiss' invaluable blog- "the contract includes a base salary of $810,000, with $300,000 of it guaranteed. The deal also includes a $265,000 signing bonus and a $30,000 workout bonus"
January 16, 2007 update Adamjt13 reported on the PatsFans.Com message board that the "Patriots gave Antwain Spann a $2,913,410 LTBE incentive, gave Troy Brown a $350,000 LTBE incentive and gave Brown a $50,000 signing bonus, as well."

Tedy Bruschi - Details of Bruschi's contract were found on Patriots.Com - "New England reportedly has taken care of one of its potential unrestricted free agents, inking linebacker Tedy Bruschi to a three-year extension worth a reported $4.6 million, according to CBS.sportsline.com....The deal reportedly included a $2 million signing bonus."
March 3, 2003 update - "Bruschi got a $2 million signing bonus for his three-year extension last January. His cap number this year is $1,522,266 ($850,000 base salary,$666,666 prorated signing bonus and a $5,600 workout bonus).Next year, he has an escalator clause that will raise his base salary from $1.1 million to $1.75 million if he participated in 58 percent of the snaps in 2002 or does so in 2003.
March 9, 2004 update Bruschi must have reached his escalator clause since his 2004 salary is now listed on the NFLPA site as $1.75 million.
June 17, 2004 update Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News reported: "The contract extension signed by Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi includes a $3.5 million signing bonus and amounts to a four-year, $8.1 million deal...The deal includes base salaries of $700,000 in 2004, $850,000 in 2005, $1.35 million in 2006 and $1.7 million in 2007." My take is that Bruschi's extension save the Patriots $175,000 ($1,050,000 decrease in salary offset by $875,000 increase in prorated signing bonus) in cap space. From the Boston Globe - "In the final two years of the deal, Bruschi, who represents himself, can make another $250,000 if his playing time reaches 50 percent and $250,000 more if it reaches 70 percent."
January 16, 2006 update - Mike Reiss reported that Bruschi's 2006 cap number is $2.7 million so it appears that Bruschi has reached the playing-time incentives in his contract mentioned in 6/17/04 update.
April 8, 2006 update I now believe that Bruschi's $500,000 incentive for this year is being classified as NTLBE.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Bruschi earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money and was paid a $1 million roster bonus.

Sean Bubin - Bubin is scheduled to be on the practice squad for the last 13 weeks of the season at a salary of $4,700 per week. $4,700 * 13 = 61,100

Reche Caldwell - According to the NFLPA.org site Caldwell's salaries are $585,000 in 2006 and $1,000,000 in 2007. Dan Pires was quoted on the PatsFans.Com message board as reporting that Caldwell's "only significant incentive is a $300K roster bonus which is due sometime this year/season - as in down the road."

Matt Cassel - The Boston Globe reported on July 3rd that "Cassell accepted a four-year, $1.439 million deal, including a $54,000 signing bonus." Cassell's 2005 cap charge will be $243,500.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Cassell earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money.

Earl Charles - I am presuming that Earl Charles got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary. A reliable source reported that Charles had a split $180,000 salary. I believe that he is still listed on the NFLPA.org site that he is counting $180,000 against the cap.

Brandon "Bam" Childress - Bam Childress was on the 53-man roster for one week in the beginning of the season and was on the 53-man roster for the last two weeks of the season. He was on the practice squad for 14 weeks of the season at a salary of $150,000. $275,000/17 * 3 + 150,000/17 *14 = 178,219

Ryan Claridge - This is what Vontez Duff, the 170th overall pick in 2004, was reported to receive in his rookie deal - "Signing bonus: $80,600. Base salaries: $230,000 (2004); $305,000 (2005); $385,000 (2006). Total: three years, $1,000,600. Salary cap charge: $256,867." On July 3rd the Boston Globe reported that "Claridge signed a four-year, $1.527 million deal, which includes a $142,000 signing bonus. The fourth year of the deal contains an escalator that would pay the equivalent of a low-tender restricted free agent deal if there is no collective bargaining agreement extension." Claridge's 2005 cap number will be $265,500.
January 30, 2006 update - I found Claridge's $275,000 salary on the NFLPA site. I am presuming that Claridge's contract has a clause in it that stated his base salary in future seasons will drop to the applicable minimum if he doesn't get a credited season in a previous year. Because Claridge did not get a credited season in 2005, his salary in 2006 drop from the scheduled $310,000 to $275,000.

Rosevelt Colvin - ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "Although most reports had the Colvin contract as a seven-year, $30 million deal, NFLPA salary documents show it at six years, $25.85 million. Essentially, for a veteran some people felt was the premier player in the unrestricted pool, the Patriots paid only the going rate for a linebacker, a little over $4 million annually. There is a $6 million signing bonus and base salaries of $550,000 (for 2003), $2.1 million (2004), $2.6 million (2005), $3.6 million (2006), $4.6 million (2007) and $5.5 million (2008). There are additional incentives of $300,000 each for the final three years."
April 21, 2004 update Noticed today that Colvin's 2004 salary was now listed as $535,000. As a part of a reply to my PatsFans.Com message board post Adamjt13 reported that "Colvin got a $1.565 million salary advance (prorated at $313,000 per season), with the remaining $535,000 fully guaranteed. His new cap number is $1,853,600 (he also has $300,000 in NLTBE incentives). The renegotiation reduced his cap number by $1,252,000". This restructure adds $313,000 to Colvin's cap figures for the next 4 years.
March 4, 2005 update It appears that Colvin redid his deal. For the longest time his 2005 salary was listed as $2,600,000. It is now listed as $540,000. It appears to me that the Pats converted $2,060,000 of his salary into a signing bonus saving $1,545,000 on this year's cap but adding $515,000 to Colvin's cap hits in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
April 8, 2006 update I now believe that Colvin's $300,000 incentive for this year is being classified as NTLBE.
July 8, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Colvin earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money.

Joe Condo - I am presuming that Condo got an one-year deal that included a $350,000 salary.

Don Davis - Davis' $810,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Davis' salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space. Mike Reiss reported on February 7th - "The Patriots ensured one of their core special teams players will remain with the team, signing linebacker/safety Don Davis to a one-year contract extension worth a base salary of $770,000. The deal also includes a $25,000 signing bonus and will count $485,000 against the Patriots' salary cap because it qualifies for the minimum salary benefit." The CBA extension increased the minimum salary for a player with Don's experience from $770,000 to $810,000 and lowered the vet minimum cap hit from $460,000 to $425,000. Therefore, Davis' cap hit will be $450,000 ($425,000 +$25,000).
August 24, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Don Davis earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money.

Corey Dillon - Michael Smith reported: "Dillon, who turns 30 in October, has two years remaining on a five-year, $26.1 million deal. He was to earn base salaries of $3.3 million this season and $3.85 million in 2005, but to facilitate the trade, he agreed to a restructure that included a reduced base salary for this year. He can make up the difference through not-likely-to-be-earned incentives". Pro FootBall Weekly reported that Dillon agreed to a "restructured deal that reduced the base salary on the remaining two years of Dillon's deal while including incentives, that were termed by Feldman (Dillon's agent) as "easily reachable." None of the money is guaranteed." Jaguars.Com's Senior Editor Vic Feldman provided more details - "Corey Dillon's salary for this year was reduced to a $1.75 million base, with incentives that could take it back to $3.3 million."
April 21, 2004 update Michael Smith reported:"This year Dillon can make $100,000 for reaching 700 rushing yards and $150,000 for 850 yards. He makes $375,000 for hitting the 1,000-yard mark and another $375,000 for each additional 150 yards up to 1,599. He'll take home $500,000 if he gets to 1,600." Basically, Dillon will earn $100,000 if he rushes for at least 700 yards; $250,000 - 850 yds; $625,000 - 1,000 yds; $1,000,000 - 1,150 yds; $1,375,000 - 1,300 yds; $1,750,000 - 1,450 yds; $2,250,000 - 1,600 yds. Adamjt13 reported that Dillon will earn $105,600 in offseason workout money making his 2004 cap figure $1,855,600.
September 2, 2004 update - According to a 9/2 Boston Herald article - "The Pats have gotten a start on the cap maneuverings, restructuring the contract of running back Corey Dillon. According to NFLPA figures, Dillon's $1.7 million salary has been readjusted to $660,000, likely meaning the Pats guaranteed Dillon's salary for 2004 and spread out the cap savings. The maneuver likely saved the Pats in the neighborhood of $500,000 against the cap." The amount saved was actually $545,000.
December 9, 2004 updateFrom Nick Cafardo "He's (Dillon) earned $1 million to this point and needs 129 yards against the Bengals to reach 1,350 yards and another $500,000. There are seven steps. He also has two other steps based on 1,400 or 1,600 yards plus receiving yards and at least 11 wins by the Patriots where he can bypass the final two steps in the seven. He also has a few awards incentives, things like Super Bowl MVP. Basically, he has a chance to earn about $4 million this year. His base next year has been bumped from $3.5 million to $3.85 million because he's gained more than 1,100 yards this season.
December 27, 2004 update From Nick Cafardo - "Corey Dillon's 89 yards gave him 1,519, a Patriots record. He also earned another $375,000 incentive by surpassing the 1,500-yard mark, and now has earned $1.875 million in incentives. He needs 81 yards in the final game (for 1,600) to make all $2.25 million in incentives in his contract."
January 3, 2005 update From Jackie McMullan - "Speaking of money, be advised that if Dillon is named to the All-NFL first team and the team wins the conference championship, he's in line for another $100,000. Also, if Dillon is named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl and the Patriots win it, he will collect $200,000."
April 4, 2005 update A source reported that "Dillon's cap number this year is $4,501,160. He has only $250,000 in incentives this season, and they're currently listed as NLTBE."
April 13, 2005 update Adamjt13 reported that "Dillon got a $3 million renegotiation bonus, so his cap number for this year was lowered to $2,151,160. Next year, along with his $3 million salary, he has a $3 million option bonus. If the option isn't exercised, his salary goes to $6 million and is guaranteed. He has no other bonuses later in the contract. No word yet on any incentives." Here's how I come up with the $2,151,160. Salary - $1,000,000; Old Signing Bonus Proration $545,000; New Signing Bonus Proration $600,000; Workout Bonus money - $6,160.
March 23, 2006 - Noticed that Dillon's 2006 salary changed on the NFLPA.org website. It used to be listed as $3,000,000. It is now listed as $710,000. If we presume that the difference (2,290,000) was converted into a signing bonus, then the Pats saved $1,717,500 this year while adding $572,500 to his cap hits in 2007,2008, and 2009.
April 30, 2006 - Ron Borges of the Boston Globe reported that Dillon "is due a $3 million option bonus and $2.5 million in salary in 2007".
July 23, 2006 - Upon further research it now appears to me that in exchange for getting the $2.29 million upfront Dillon agreed to defer the $3 million option bonus to 2007. I do not know if the 2007 option bonus was protected with a non-exercise guarantee clause as was the 2006 option bonus but I doubt that it was.
December 17, 2006 Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reported that "Dillon's contract expires after the 2009 season, although with a $4.42 million hit on the '07 salary cap, he could be a candidate for restructuring."
August 24, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Dillon earned $440 in offseason workout bonus money.

Players with Dead Money Cap Hits of less than $10,000

Heath Evans - Evans' $585,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Davis' salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space. According to Mike Reiss' blog - "Running back/fullback Heath Evans' contract with the Patriots is a one-year, $585,000 package. The deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus and a $6,160 workout bonus."
August 24, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Evans earned $1,320 in offseason workout bonus money.

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 $860,0,000 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 NTLBE and therefore does not count against the cap.

Doug Gabriel - According to the NFLPA website Gabriel's salaries are $800,000 in 2006 and $545,000 in 2007. Gabriel was on the 53-man roster for 14 weeks. $800,000/17 * 14 = 658, 824.

Jabar Gaffney - Gaffney's $585,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out inVeteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Gaffeny is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the last 12 weeks of the season. $585,000/17 * 12 = $412,941.
October 18, 2006 update From Mike Reiss' 10/18/2006 notebook report blog - "The contract that wide receiver Jabar Gaffney signed with the Patriots is a two-year package, with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006 and $595,000 in 2007. There is no signing bonus in the deal, which also includes some incentives."
January 16, 2007 According to Mike Reiss' mailbag - "Gaffney's base salary in 2007 is $595,000, he has a $25,000 workout bonus, $125,000 worth of likely to be earned incentives and $400,000 in not likely to be earned incentives."

Barry Gardner - Gardner's $710,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Gardner's salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space. Gardner was signed when the Patriots had 9 weeks left in their offseason workout training so I am not crediting him with the full amount
July 8, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Gardner earned $2,530 in offseason workout bonus money and received a $300,000 salary which means that when he was placed on injury reserve his $710,000 salary was decreased to $300,000, the minimum for a player with his experience that is not on a team's active roster.

Randall Gay - I am presuming that Randall Gay got an one-year tender offer that included a $425,000 salary. Gay was signed when the Patriots had 12 weeks left in their offseason wworkout training so I am not crediting him with the full amount
August 24, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Gay earned $3,960 in offseason workout bonus money.

Brandon Gorin - I found Gorin's $500,000 salary on the NFLPA site. ESPN.com reported that Gorin, 26, reached an agreement on a contract worth at least $2.5 million that could be worth as much as $5.1 million if he retains his starting position.
March 8, 2005 update Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News reported on his must-read blog:"The recent contract signed by OT Brandon Gorin was for three years and included a $400,000 signing bonus. The base salaries are $500,000 in 2005; $550,000 in 2006; and $700,000 in 2007. There are incentives based on playing time in the second two years of the deal and a $150,000 roster bonus in 2006."
October 25, 2005 update On 10/25/2005 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Gorin's 2005 cap number was $637,953, which most likely means that Gorin 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. Hochstein's cap hit was listed as $1.39 or $1,390,000. In a discussion about the Boston Globe's chart Adamjt13 reported that "Green's number must be a typo, but the others are correct. Some of those include incentives for 2006 that currently are LTBE" so I am adding a $700,000 LTBE incentive to Gorin's cap number.
March 5, 2006 update I am presuming that the Patriots removed the $700,000 LTBE incentive from Gorin's contract.

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"

Daniel Graham- Signing bonus: $1,425,000. Base salaries: $800,000 (2002); $1,000,000 (2003); $1,200,000 (2004); $1,400,000 (2005); and $545,000 (2006). Notes: Team can exercise option of $2,775,000 next spring on '06 season. If team exercises option then base salaries are reduced to $300,000 (2003); $450,000 (2004); and $530,000 (2005). Total: five years, $6,825,000. Cap value: $1,085,000.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Graham earned $4,400 in offseason workout bonus money.

Martin Gramatica- According to Mike Reiss' invaluable blog - "Kicker Martin Gramatica inked a one-year contract worth $585,000. The deal doesn't include a signing bonus. It does include a $6,160 workout bonus. The pact is a split contract, meaning Gramatica gets paid $275,000 should he suffer an injury." Gramatica was signed when the Patriots had 13 weeks left in their offseason workout training so I am not crediting him with the full amount.

Jarvis Green- Here are the new salaries for Green:


Mike Felger of the Boston Herald reported:"Sources say Green's deal will be for five years and worth between $12-$18 million depending on how many incentives he hits. Green is also expected to receive a signing bonus in the range of $3.5 million, with a roster bonus next year of around $2 million."
March 17, 2005 update Mike Reiss reported for the Boston Herald: "As for Green, his five-year deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and a $2.5 million roster bonus in 2006. The potential total value of the deal - not including escalators - is $13.1 million. Green has roster bonuses of $200,000 in 2007 and $400,000 in 2008 and 2009. His base salaries are $455,000 (2005), $545,000 (2006), $1.5 million (2007), $2 million (2008) and $2.5 million (2009)."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Green earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money.

Rodney Harrison - On 3/13 Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote - "Harrison ended up with a six-year deal worth $14.5 million with a $2.5 million signing bonus and a base salary this upcoming season of $655,000, the veteran minimum. That averages out to $2.41 million a year over the life of the contract and leaves Harrison with a cap figure of a little more than $1 million this season after his prorated bonus is added to his base pay."
March 14, 2003 update ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "Harrison signed a six-year contract worth $14.45 million, but no one expects him to play more than two or three years of the deal. His signing bonus was $2.5 million and, in the first three years of the package, he will earn $6.655 million."
March 17, 2003 update The Boston Herald's Kevin Mannix reported that "Safety Rodney Harrison's deal with the Pats calls for a $2.5 million signing bonus this year as well as $250,000 roster bonuses in 2004 and 2005. His base salaries are $655,000 this year, followed by $1.45 million, $1.55 million, $2.12 million, $2.7 million and $3.8 million."
August 14, 2005 update Rodney Harrison's salary on the NFLPA site changed from $1,550,000 to $1,750,000 so it appears that the Patriots gave Harrison a $200,000 raise.
September 27, 2005 update Rodney Harrison's salary on the NFLPA site changed from $1,750,000 to $765,000 so $985,000 was probably guaranteed and treated as signing bonus, spread at $246,250 per season over the remaining 4 years of his deal. In short, the move cleared $738,750 of room on the 2005 Patriots cap.
April 17, 2006 update According to the NFLPA.org site, Harrison's 2008 salary is scheduled to be $3 million, not $3.8 million as mentioned in the above Mannix report.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Harrison earned $4,400 in offseason workout bonus money.

Atrell Hawkins - Mike Reiss reported in his invaluable blog - "Safety Artrell Hawkins -- Re-signed with the Patriots for two years. The deal totaled $1.53 million, with base salaries of $710,000 in 2006 and $670,000 in 2007, and a signing bonus of $150,000." Please note that Hawkins' 2007 salary will be $710,000 because that will be the minimum for a player with Hawkins' experience.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Hawkins earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money.

Marquise Hill -   From ESPN.Com "The 63rd player selected overall, and the final pick of the second round, Hill will sign a five-year, $3.075 million contract, a deal that included a signing bonus of $1.15 million. Base salaries are the league minimums for all five years: $230,000 (2004), $305,000 (2005), $385,000 (2006), $460,000 (2007) and $545,000 (2008). Salary cap charge: $460,000.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Hill earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Ellis Hobbs III - From Mike Reiss' must-read blog - "* Cornerback Ellis Hobbs, selected 84th overall (third round), signed a five-year contract with an $825,000 signing bonus. Not including escalators, the package is worth $2.75 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). There are escalators in the deal that could increase the base salaries in the final two seasons."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Hobbs earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Russ Hochstein- In the spring of 2004 it was widely reported that Hochstein signed a 3-year extension with the Patriots. USA Today reported that Hochstein received a $200,000 signing bonus bonus in 2004.
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. Hochstein's cap hit was listed as $1.17 or $1,170,000. In a PatsFans.Com message board discussion about the Boston Globe's offseason previer chart Adamjt13 reported that "Green's number must be a typo, but the others are correct. Some of those include incentives for 2006 that currently are LTBE" so I am adding a $500,000 LTBE incentive to Hochstein's cap number.
March 5, 2006 update I am presuming that the Patriots removed the $500,000 LTBE incentive from Hochstein's contract.
June 6, 2006 update ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that the "two additional years are worth about $1.8 million and include a $400,000 signing bonus. Hochstein, 28, will earn base salaries of $600,000 in 2007 and $730,000 in 2008 under the extension. His scheduled base salary for this season, of $600,000, is unchanged. He could earn an additional $800,000 in the extension part of the contract, based on a number of variables."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Hochstein earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Chidi Iwuoma - Iwuoma was on the 53-man roster for 4 weeks of the season. $425,000/17 * 4 = $100,000.

Larry Izzo- Izzo's cap figure comes from CBS Sportsline's article on his signing "Izzo, 26, signed a four-year, $2.183 million contract. It includes a $275,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $477,000 each 2001-2004". Please note that the 2004 minimum salary for a player with Izzo's experience is $660,000. So, before March 3, Izzo's salary will be raised from $477,000 to $660,000 and his offseason workout bonus will increase from $5,200 to $5,600. The effect of these two changes will increase Izzo's 2004 cap number from $600,950 to $734,350.
October 9, 2004 update ESPN.Com's Len Pasquarelli reported that "Izzo got $150,000 to sign and base salaries of $665,000 and $670,000." The $150,000 signing bonus will be prorated $50,000 a year over the 2004-2006 seasons. Therefore, Izzo's salary cap figures will be $721,160 (2005) and $726,160 (2006).
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Izzo earned $4,400 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Chad Jackson- From Mike Reiss' blog - "Chad Jackson's rookie deal with the Patriots is a four-year package that doesn't include a signing bonus. Jackson will be paid a $452,000 roster bonus and has a $1.64 million option bonus, which is probably payable in March. He receives $90,000 workout bonuses in both 2008 and 2009, and $250,000 of his base salary is guaranteed in 2007. He also has a $100,000 bonus for winning the Rookie of the Year". Since Jackson's future salaries are $360,200 in 2007, $451,800 in 2008, and 633,000 in 2009, it seems safe to presume that his 2007 option bonus is protected by those salaries, that is, if he does not get the option bonus, those future salaries become guaranteed.

Bethel Johnson- From ESPN.Com - "Johnson received a signing bonus of $1.75 million and base salaries of $274,000 (2003), $342,000 (2004), $410,000 (2005), $478,000 (2006) and $546,000 (2007). There is also an escalator clause that could increase the base salary for 2007 if Johnson reaches some prescribed playing time levels.
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported on 7/21 that "both second rounders, cornerback Eugene Wilson of Illinois and receiver Bethel Johnson of Texas A&M, signed five-year deals. Wilson received a $2 million signing bonus, salaries of $274,000, $342,000, $410,000, $478,000, and $546,000, and the potential of a $3 million payment before his fifth season based on playing time and performance over the first four years. Johnson received a similar deal, except for a slightly lower ($1.75 million) signing bonus."
July 22, 2003 update From ESPN.Com - "Signing bonus: $1,750,000. Base salaries: $274,000 (2003); $342,000 (2004); $410,000 (2005); $478,000 (2006); $546,000 (2007, includes escalator). Total: five years, $3,800,000. Cap charge: $624,000."
April 9, 2006 update Johnson's 2006 salary is now listed as $500,000 instead of $478,000 so it appears that Johnson's salary was increased because the new minimum salary for a player with his experience is $500,000.
June 6, 2006 update - From ProFootballTalk.Com - "But now the cap consequences for a player traded after June 1 are the same as when a player is cut after June 1.So the Pats will carry the cap charge for 20 percent of Johnson's original signing bonus in 2006, and 20 percent in 2007." So Bethel's dead money hit will be $356,160.

Tebucky Jones - From Mike Reiss' blog - "The contract signed by safety Tebucky Jones is a two-year, $1.79 million package, according to NFL Players Association figures. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus and workout bonuses of $31,160 in 2006 and $31,160 in 2007."

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."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Kaczur earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Dan Klecko- From ESPN.Com - "The contract includes a $320,000 signing bonus. The base salaries are $225,000 (2003), $305,000 (2004), $380,000 (2005) and $460,000 (2006). The contract also features an escalator that could increase the 2006 salary based on playing time." Also from ESPN.Com, "in the deals signed this week by New England fourth-rounders Dan Klecko and Asante Samuel, some similar inducements (mechanisms, based on playing time, that would elevate the players' salaries in the fourth season of the contract) are included, with each player able to guarantee larger 2006 base salaries if they achieve certain play time benchmarks. Klecko can boost his 2006 salary from its scheduled $460,000 to one commensurate with the lower restricted free agent qualifying offer by playing 40 percent of the snaps in two seasons. It will escalate to a base salary equal to the middle (or first-round) qualifying offer if he plays 70 percent of the snaps in two of the first three seasons. Samuel has similar safeguards, although his benchmark for the second one is 75 percent of the snaps in two seasons.

Kelvin Kight - I am presuming that Kight got an one-year deal that included a $350,000 salary. Since Spann spent 13 weeks on the practice squad and is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the other four weeks of the season, his cap hit is $143,453 ((350,000/17 * 4 = 82,353) + (4,700 * 13 = $61,100).

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."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Koppen earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Ryan Krug - I am presuming that Ryan Krug got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.

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.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Light earned $4,400 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Jeremy Loyd - I am presuming that Loyd will get an one-year deal with a $425,000 salary. Loyd was signed when the Patriots had 9 weeks left in their offseason workout training so I am not crediting him with the full amount

Tom Malone - Malone is scheduled to be on the practice squad for the last 2 weeks of the season. $4,700 * 2 = $9,400

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.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Mankins earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

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" .

Corey Mays - Mays was on the practice squad for 8 weeks and is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the last 9 weeks of the season. ($4,700 * 8) + ($275,000/17 * 9) = $183,188

Willie McGinest - Salary figure comes from using the NFLPA search feature.
In 2001 McGinest agreed to restructure his contract. Here are the details as found on the Globe: "The Patriots added two years to McGinest's contract when they renegotiated the deal a few weeks ago. McGinest's five-year, $25 million contract, which included an $8 million signing bonus, was to expire in 2002. Basically the new deal involved four years and $10 million, which reduced the cap number for this year from $7.2 million to $4.44 million. The Patriots took some scheduled roster bonuses that were worth $2 million over the next two years and tied them into a $3.861 million signing bonus and a $477,000 base salary. McGinest's cap number will rise to $8.367 million next year but drop to $5.65 million in 2003. It will be $10 million in 2004." According to a post made by the Ickster, here are the cap consequences of releasing Willie during the 2002 season:
"However, it is a misconception that most (McGinest's cap number) of it is base salary. His base salary is $3.4M in 2002. The remainder is made up by bonus amortization ( a little less than $3.8M), roster bonus ($1M) and workout bonus ($100K).
After next season the Pats are beyond the signing bonus amortization from his original contract, and are only subject to the bonus amortization from the bonus he received on his extension (about $3.4M spread over 6 years). If he were released prior to June 1 of next year he would be a dead money hit of over $6M in 2002. If released after June 1 he would be a dead money hit of about $3.8M in 2002 and $2.3M in 2003.
If McGinest plays well next year the team will likely restructure him again, lowering his cap number to about $6M for 2002. He then would play for the team in 2002 at that number, and would have about $1.15M in bonus amortization per season in the final 4 years of his contract. Starting in 2003, the team would be able to release McGinest without killing their cap if he doesn't perform to his contract.
If McGinest plays poorly this year, then he likely would be released in 2002 with the cap hits I mentioned above." Willie McGinest earns his roster bonus on March 15th.
March 9, 2002 update Mike Felger of the Boston Herald wrote on 3/8 - McGinest was to make about $4.6 million in 2002 in salary and roster bonuses. He basically agreed to cut that figure in half, giving back more than $2 million. McGinest's cap figure, which was to be $8.3 million in 2002, will now be under $6 million."
May 26, 2002 Update - Nick Cafardo wrote - "Bledsoe's cap hit will be the second-highest on the roster this season. The highest belongs to Ty Law, whose number is $6.84 million. Third highest is Willie McGinest at $6.2 million"
November 4, 2002 Update - The Ickster posted that in 2003 Willie is due a $5 million salary and a $5 million roster bonus.
December 14, 2002 Update - The Ickster posted:

  1. On 2/3/02, ESPN's Len Pasquarelli wrote of McGinest:
    "His salary cap charge for 2002, as part of a megadeal signed in 1998 and which included a bonus of $10 million, is $8.288 million. After that his cap total escalates to $10.57 million for each of the seasons 2003-2006. The Patriots could mitigate those numbers but it probably would warrant converting base salary into upfront money, and New England management might be loathe to make such a commitment."
  2. Website NFLTalk.com (no longer available) reported on 3/19/01:
    "McGinest's extension adds 4 years/$10M to McGinest's contract with a bonus of $3.423M."
  3. From tracking salaries on NFLPA.com, I noticed that McGinest's salary dropped from $2.9M to the then $477K veteran minimum, a difference of $2.423M. That part was likely guaranteed and spread as bonus as part of his extension, and he was given an additonal $1M (probably a roster bonus which was guaranteed as well).

We know, from other reports:


February 19, 2003 Update - According to ESPN's John Clayton, Willie McGinest's 2003 cap number is $10.576 million.
February 28, 2003 Update - Here is an instance in which the Boston media report different things on the same deal. Kevin Mannix of the Boston Herald writes "McGinest, who was scheduled to count $10.5 million on the salary cap figure this season, now has a cap number of about $2 million for 2003 after signing a three-year, $9 million contract that includes a $3 million signing bonus as well as an additional $2 million in incentives." while Nick Cafardo writes "McGinest was scheduled to count $10.6 million against the cap. He was due a $5 million roster bonus tomorrow and a salary of $5 million for 2003. McGinest agreed to a four-year deal that could be worth up to $16 million, or $9 million for the first three years. He received a $3 million signing bonus, with the team saving $8.5 million. McGinest could earn another $6 million in incentives. The deal can be revisited after the third season." In this case, I am going with Cafardo's report because it makes more sense. Willie was already signed through the 2006 season so it is logical to presume that a restructure would also go through the 2006 season.
March 3, 2003 UpdateWillie McGinest (contract not extended, $3 million renegotiation bonus)
Cap number: $10,576,100
New cap number: $3,481,100 ($655,000 base salary, $570,500 old signing bonus proration, $750,000 new signing bonus proration, $5,600 workout bonus and $1.5 million in unspecified incentives/other)
September 3, 2003 update - On 9/2 the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported - "Willie McGinest, whose cap number is manageable at slightly less than $2 million after a restructured deal, could see that soar to about $5.6 million next season when he's due a $500,000 roster bonus and has the chance to earn $2 million in playing-time incentives."
February 22, 2004 update ON 2/22 the Boston Globe's Michael Smith reported - "Willie McGinest, who is coming off a Pro Bowl season, will count $5.671 million toward the cap, though only $1.845 million is salary. The problem is he has $2 million in incentives built in and a $500,000 roster bonus due March 18.
March 3, 2004 update On 3/3 the Boston Globe's Michael Smith reported - "At the close of business Monday, the Patriots were $2.23 million under the cap, thanks in part to a minor restructuring of Willie McGinest's contract. He had $2 million in incentives counting against the cap this year; they merely treated them as "not-likely-to-be-earned" incentives that, if earned, would be charged against the 2005 cap. New England reduced McGinest's cap number from $5.671 million to $3.671 million.
March 13, 2005 update From the Boston Herald - Next year the same scenario could play itself out again with a couple of significant players. Willie McGinest is due for a $3.5 million roster bonus as well as a boost in base pay from $2 million (this year's number) to $3.5 million."

Michael McGrew - I found McGrew's $275,000 salary on the NFLPA site.

Ray Mickens - Mickens' $710,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Mickens' salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space. $425,000/17 * 4 = $100,000

Josh Miller - As listed on the NFLPA.Org site Josh Miller's salaries are as follows: (2004 - $660,000; 2005 - $700,000; 2006 - $770,000; 2007 - $800,000; 2008 - $850,000). Josh Miller received a $1,000,000 signing bonus. I was able to ascertain from page 118 of the NFLPA.Org September 2004 off-season salary average & signing trends that Josh earned $3,000 in offseason workout bonus money.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database HMiller earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Garrett Mills - In an ESPN.Com article Len Pasquarelli reported that "Mills received a $462,500 signing bonus as part of a contract worth $2.072 million. The deal includes minimum base salaries for all four years, and an "escalator" that will allow Mills to increase his salary in 2009 based on predetermined playing time and performance levels."

Jeremy Mincey - From Mike Reiss' blog - "Outside linebacker Jeremy Mincey's three-year deal includes a $68,200 signing bonus"

Mel Mitchell - Mitchell got a two-year deal. From Mike Reiss's blog - " New Patriots safety Mel Mitchell signed a two-year contract, according to NFL Players Association documents. The deal totals $1.5 million, with a $550,000 base salary in 2006, a $700,000 base salary in 2007, a $250,000 signing bonus, and a $30,000 workout bonus in each season.".
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Mitchell earned 31,160 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Todd Mortensen - I am presuming that Mortensen got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.

Gene Mruczkowski - I am presuming that Mruczkowski got an one-year tender offer that included a $425,000 salary.
December 14, 2006 update According to my calculations, Mruczkowski is scheduled to be on the Patriots 53-man roster for 9 weeks. $425,000/17 * 6 = 225,000

Rich Musinski - I am presuming that Musinski got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.

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."

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."

Patrick Pass - From the Boston Herald - "The team announced Pass' deal on Monday, but the particulars of his contract (two years at minimum salary with a $150,000 signing bonus), were on the NFLPA's internal Web site on March 3, the second day of the signing period."
April 22, 2005 update From an interview on the Cold Hard Football Facts website Pass's agent Kristen Kuliga said “there are $400,000 worth of (playtime) incentives each year.”
October 25, 2005 update On 10/25/2005 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Pass's 2005 cap number was $618,740, which most likely means that Pass earned $3,140 in offseason workout bonus money and not the maximum of $6,160.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Pass earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

James Patrick - James Patrick was on the practice squad for 6 weeks of the season at a salary of $4,700 per week and is scheduled to be on the practice squad for the last two weeks of the season. $4,700 * 8 = 37,600

Lonie Paxton - On February 27, 2003 Mike Felger of the Boston Herald reported that "the Pats have made Lonie Paxton the highest-paid long snapper in the history of the NFL, signing the restricted free agent to a five-year deal worth more than $3 million." Mr. Snow Angel got a five-year deal at the minimum salaries (450, 535, 540, 545, 670), with a $305,000 signing bonus and standard workout bonuses ($5,600, $5,600, $6,160, $6,160 and $6,720, respectively).
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Paxton earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Justin Phinisee - Justin Phinisee Patrick was on the practice squad for 1 week at a salary of $4,700 per week.

Tyrone Poole - It has been reported that Poole was signed to a four year $8.024 million deal that included a $1.8 million signing bonus. From a 9/14 Nick Cafardo article - "Biggest cap jumps for the Patriots next year:....Tyrone Poole, $1.1 million to $1.9 million..."
November 30, 2003 update In 2004 Tyrone Poole is scheduled to receive a $445,000 roster bonus during the 1st week in March.
March 8, 2005 update From the Boston Herald - "Veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole, who missed most of 2004 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in October, is due a $600,000 roster bonus. Poole's agent, Hadley Engelhard, believes the bonus is due today."
October 27, 2005 update USA Today reported that Poole received a $200,000 signing bonus in 2004. That bonus will be prorated $66,667 each year.
January 16, 2006 updateThe Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Poole's 2006 cap number is $2.5 million. I had it as $2.6 million so I lowered my estimate of the amount of Poole's 2006 roster bonus to $500,000 from $600,000.

Hank Poteat - Poteat's $585,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Poteat's salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space. Poteat was on the 53-man roster for 2 weeks. $425,000/17 * 2 = $50,000.

Walter Rasby - Davis' $810,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Rasby's salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space.

Dexter Reid - Adamjt13 posted - "His cap number actually is $323,750. His signing bonus was $375,000. He has NLTBE incentives of $25,000 this season and $35,000 in each of the next three seasons, all based on playing time and certain team qualifications. He has a split salary this season, and his base salary in future seasons will drop to the applicable minimum if he doesn't get a credited season in a previous year. His workout bonuses are $6,160 for 2005 and 2006 and $6,720 for 2007."
From ESPN.Com - "Signing bonus: $375,000. Base salaries: $230,000 (2004); $305,000 (2005); $385,000 (2006); $460,000 (2007). Total: four years, $1,755,000. Salary cap charge: $323,750."

Freddie Roach - From Mike Reiss' invaluable blog - " Roach could be this year’s version of Randall Gay (2004) and Mike Wright (2005) after receiving a lucrative $15,000 signing bonus as a rookie free agent"

P.K. Sam -  From ESPN.Com - "Signing bonus: $190,000. Base salaries: $230,000 (2004); $305,000 (2005); $385,000 (2006); $460,000 (2007); $545,000 (2008). Total: five years, $2,115,000. Salary cap charge: $268,000." Practice squad players, like Sam, make $4,700 a week.

Asante Samuel - From ESPN.Com - "The former Central Florida standout signed a four-year contract with a signing bonus of $312,500 and the same base salaries as Klecko received ($225,000 - 2003; $305,000 - 2004; $380,000- 2005; $460,000 - 2006). His contract also includes an escalator clause that could boost his 2006 base salary if he reaches some predetermined playing time levels." Also from ESPN.Com, "in the deals signed this week by New England fourth-rounders Dan Klecko and Asante Samuel, some similar inducements (mechanisms, based on playing time, that would elevate the players' salaries in the fourth season of the contract) are included, with each player able to guarantee larger 2006 base salaries if they achieve certain play time benchmarks. Klecko can boost his 2006 salary from its scheduled $460,000 to one commensurate with the lower restricted free agent qualifying offer by playing 40 percent of the snaps in two seasons. It will escalate to a base salary equal to the middle (or first-round) qualifying offer if he plays 70 percent of the snaps in two of the first three seasons. Samuel has similar safeguards, although his benchmark for the second one is 75 percent of the snaps in two seasons.
October 27, 2005 update USA Today reported that Samuel received a $39,800 roster bonus in 2004. I am presuming that he will receive the same amount in 2005.
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. Samuel's cap hit was listed as $.054 or $540,000 so I am no longer including the $39,800 roster bonus in my calculations of Samuel's cap number.
March 2, 2006 update Samuel's 2006 salary used to be listed as $460,000 on the NFLPA site. It is now listed as $721,600 so it appears that he reached his playing-time escalator.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Samuel earned $440 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

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 ) and $545,000 (2009). There are escalators in the deal tied to the first three years that could increase the base salary in the fourth year."
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Sanders earned $5,280 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Todd Sauerbrun- Sauerbrun's $810,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA. Therefore, Sauerbrun's salary is going to take up only $50,000 of cap space. $425,000/17 * 2 = $50,000

Chad Scott - From Mike Reiss' invaluable blog - "Defensive back Chad Scott’s contract with the Patriots is a two-year, $1.66 million deal that included a $200,000 signing bonus. Scott’s base salary will be $710,000 in 2006 and $720,000 in 2007. He has workout bonuses in both seasons -- $16,160 in 2006 and $16,720 in 2007."

Guss Scott - Guss Scott was on the 53-man roster for one week earning $20,588.

Junior Seau - According to the NFLPA.org site Seau's salary is $1,000,000. ON August 25th Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reported that "Junior Seau's contract is a one-year package worth $1 million, according to NFL Players Association documents. Seau is guaranteed $250,000."

Richard Seymour - From ESPN.Com's Signing status of AFC 2001 draft picks. "Signing bonus: $4,800,000. Base salaries: $1,200,000 (2001); $820,000 (2002, plus $3,200,000 option payment); $980,000 (2003); $960,000 (2004); $1,120,000 (2005); $1,220,000 (2006). Total: six years, $14,300,000. Base salaries for the first three seasons are guaranteed." "The 6-foot-6-inch, 299-pound defensive lineman from Georgia can make another $10 million in escalator clauses, but he would have be a Reggie White -type player to earn that over the life of the contract."
September 6, 2002 update - From the Boston Globe - "The team has recently tweaked the contracts of Mike Compton, Richard Seymour, and Antowain Smith to guarantee small portions of their base salaries (which prorates the portion of the contract affected and spreads it out over the length of the deal), but those adjustments haven't created major cap space." According to the NFLPA's web site, Seymour's salary is now $300,000 so it appears that the Pats converted $520,000 of Seymour's salary into a signing bonus, saving $416,000 on Seymour's 2002 cap figure while adding $104,000 to Seymour's future cap figures.
December 19, 2003 update From the Boston Globe - "There are no salary escalators based on performance in Seymour's contract until 2005 and 2006"
February 29, 2004 update From the Boston Globe - Richard Seymour "can earn up to $3.4 million in salary escalators next year and $6.8 million in the final year of the deal based on performance, playing time, playoff appearances, and Pro Bowls. The escalators aren't easy to achieve, even for a player of his caliber.
March 4, 2005 update For the longest time Seymour's 2005 salary was listed as $1,120,000. Today it is listed as $2,870,000 so Seymour got a raise of $1,750,000. I believe that Seymour reached an escalator clause in his contract.
August 3, 2005 update Mike Felger of the Boston Herald reported that "Seymour will receive a one-year bump in pay. The raise will take Seymour's 2005 base salary from $2.87 million to the $4 million range."
Augusty 28, 2005 update Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that "the Patriots basically tore up Seymour's old contract and gave him a deal that includes a $1.7 million signing bonus while keeping his salary at $2.8 million for 2005 and $5 million for 2006. Those salaries were enhanced by escalators totaling $5.5 million that Seymour earned in his rookie contract that will be disbursed over the final two years. The signing bonus, for cap purposes, was prorated over two years and added to the remaining proration of his original signing bonus. All told, Seymour's total pay this season will be $4.5 million."
January 16, 2006 updateMike Reiss reported that Seymour's 2006 cap number is "$7.4 million, not including potential escalators"
March 5, 2006 update The NFLPA site now shows Seymour's salary as $2,020,000. It used to show the salary as $5,020,000. While I can't explain the decrease, the salary decrease is the only way that John Clayton's 3/2 report that the Patriots are $4 million under their adjusted cap figure could be correct
April 1, 2006 update A source reported that Seymour's 2006 cap number is $4,420,160, which consists of the $2,020,000 salary, $2,394,000 in signing bonus proration, and $6,160 in offseason workout bonus money.
April 13, 2006 update Adamjt13 reported on the PatsFans.Com messageboard - "The "extension" is for only three more years past 2006. Seymour got a renegotiation bonus of $5.34 million, prorated at $1,335,000 per season. He also got a workout bonus of $100,000 in addition to his standard $6,160 workout bonus. His $585,000 base salary, plus his $1,335,000 prorated bonus and $100,000 additional workout bonus add up to $2.02 million -- exactly what his salary would have been, which is why his cap number is the same.Next year, Seymour is due an option bonus of $18.66 million. If the option is not exercised, Seymour will become a free agent in 2008, and his 2007 base salary becomes $19.26 million AND is guaranteed. He has workout bonuses of $106,720 each season from 2007 through 2009.His cap numbers each season will be $4,420,160 in 2006, $8,261,720 in 2007, $8,391,720 in 2008 and $11,346,720 in 2009."
April 17, 2006 update From a very reliable resource - "fyi, the $18.66M option bonus is actually two option bonuses . . . the first, for $6.66M is due between aug. 4 of this year and march of next year . . . the second, for $12M is due by march 7 of next year"
September 16, 2006 update I am presuming that the Patriots picked up the $6.66 million option bonus sometime in August.

Jonathan Smith - I am presuming that Jonathan Smith got an one-year deal that included a $425,000 salary or $25,000 a week. Since Jonathan Smith was signed with 16 weeks left in the season, his cap hit is $400,000 (25,000 * 16).
October 3, 2006 update Since Jonathan Smith was waived on 10/2, I am giving him credit for being on the Patriots' 53-man roster for 3 weeks. $425,000/17*3 = 75,000

Le Kevin Smith - From a 7/23/2006 entry in Mike Reiss' blog - "Rookie nose tackle Le Kevin Smith received a $71,000 signing bonus in his four-year deal, with minimum base salaries of $275,000 (2006), $360,000 (2007), $445,000 (2008) and $530,000 (2009). By reaching playing time incentives, the base salary could increase in 2009"

Zuriel Smith - I am presuming that Zuriel Smith got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.

Antwain Spann - I am presuming that Spann got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary. Since Spann spent 6 weeks on the practice squad and is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the other eleven weeks of the season, his cap hit is $206,141 ((275,000/17 * 11 = 177,941) + (4,700 * 6 = $28,200).
January 16, 2007 update Adamjt13 reported on the PatsFans.Com message board that the "Patriots gave Antwain Spann a $2,913,410 LTBE incentive, gave Troy Brown a $350,000 LTBE incentive and gave Brown a $50,000 signing bonus, as well."

Duane Starks - Duane Starks said that his Patriots contract had the same amount of new money as did the Cardinals ($7.2 million). Let's take him at his word. His 2005 salary is $540,000 while his 2006 salary is scheduled to be $3,600,000 (same as his Cardinals contract). That would mean that he received from the Patriots a $3,060,000 signing bonus. The bonus proration is $1,530,000 a year making his 2005 cap number $2,070,000 and his 2006 cap number $5,130,000.
August 31, 2005 update One NFLPA.Org research document implies that Starks was telling the truth. Page 11 of the document says that at the time of the report (April,2005) the largest signing bonus that the Patriots gave to a player in 2005 was $3,060,000. Divide that number by 2 and you get $1,530,000.

Nick Steitz - I am presuming that Steitz got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary.

Dan Stevenson - From Mike Reiss' invaluable blog - "Rookie Dan Stevenson's contract with the Patriots is for four years and includes a $72,000 signing bonus. Much like the contract for seventh round pick Willie Andrews, Stevenson can earn incentives that would increase the value of the deal in its final year. The current total value of the contract is $1.672 million."
November 17, 2006 update Stevenson was on the practice squad for the 1st ten weeks of the season. $4,700 * 10 = $47,000.

Andy Stokes - Andy Stokes received a $17,500 signing bonus.

John Stone - I am presuming that John Stone got an one-year deal that included a $425,000 salary and a $5,000 signing bonus.

Johnathan Sullivan - Johnathan Sullivan's salaries are listed as $689,083 in 2006 and $901,333 in 2007. A source reported that Sullivan's 2006 cap number is $819,083 which implies that Sullivan has either a $130,000 LTBE incentive or a $130,000 roster bonus.

Vinnie Testaverde - Testaverde is scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the last seven weeks of the season. $425,000/17 * 7 = 175,000
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Testaverde had a $215,000 cap number in 2006 so I am presuming that Testaverde got a $40,000 signing bonus.

Dave Thomas - From Mike Reiss' blog - "Rookie David Thomas' contract is a four-year package with a $640,750 signing bonus. The deal includes minimum salaries in each year, and with incentives, the base salary can increase in the final year."

Santonio Thomas - I found Thomas' $150,000 salary on the NFLPA site.

Russ Tucker - Tucker's $585,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players as laid out in the CBA extension. Therefore, Tucker's salary is going to take up only $425,000 of cap space.

Undrafted Free Agents - I am presuming that all of the 15 UDFAs signed for the rookie minimum of $275,000.

Raymond Ventrone - I am presuming that Ventrone got an one-year deal that included a $275,000 salary. A reliable source reported that Ventrone had a split $180,000 salary. I believe that he is still listed on the NFLPA.org site that he is counting $180,000 against the cap.

Mike Vrabel - Vrabel signed a 3-year deal getting a $225,000 signing bonus. Since he is due a $3,500,000 salary in 2003, I am expecting that he and the Pats will extend his contract before the 2003 season.
August 20, 2002 Update According to the NFLPA's web site, Vrabel is signed through the 2005 season. His new salaries are as follows: salaries: $525,000 (2002); $725,000 (2003); $800,000 (2004); $900,000 (2005)
March 3, 2003 update - Vrabel renegotiated last August, adding one year and an option year in 2005 (with a $1.5 million option bonus/buyout due sometime this season). He got a $2 million renegotiation bonus. His cap number this year is $2,055,600 ($975,000 base salary, $75,000 old signing bonus proration, $500,000 new signing bonus proration, $5,600 workout bonus, $500,000 option bonus proration and $100,000 in NLTBE incentives for making the Pro Bowl). He has roster bonuses of $1 million each due in 2004 and 2005, and the $100,000 NLTBE Pro Bowl incentive in 2004 and 2005, as well.
March 18, 2004 update - From the Boston Herald:
"Vrabel did agree to a simple restructuring that saved the Pats some cap room, as he agreed to guarantee his 2004 base salary of $1.65 million. That saved the Pats over $500,000 against the cap. Vrabel will still get a $1 million bonus this month. Vrabel's deal is set to end after the 2005 season."
March 21, 2004 update As listed on the NFLPA.Org site Vrabel's salaries are as follows: (2004 - $660,000; 2005 - $1,850,000; 2006 - $500,000; 2007 - $5,000,000) so it appears that Vrabel did extend his contract.
March 29, 2004 update A source reported that Vrabel got a two-year extension (through 2007), with his $1 million roster bonus and $990,000 of his base salary guaranteed and prorated at $497,500 per year. His cap number for 2004 is $2,163,100 -- his remaining base salary of $660,000, signing bonus proration of $1,497,500 and the standard workout bonus of $5,600. He also has a $100,000 NLTBE incentive for making the Pro Bowl. His future base salaries are $1.85 million for 2005, $5,000,000 for 2006 and $5 million for 2007. In 2005, he has a $1 million roster bonus, a $6,160 workout bonus and $100,000 NLTBE incentive for making the Pro Bowl. His 2005 cap number is $4,353,660. In each of 2006 and 2007, he has a $6 million roster bonus and a $6,720 workout bonus, for cap numbers of $7,004,220 and $11,504,220.
March 13, 2005 update From the Boston Herald - "And get this hefty cost of living allowance - Mike Vrabel just received a $1 million roster bonus and will get a base salary of $2.8 million in the upcoming season. In both 2006 and 2007, he's scheduled for roster bonuses of $6 million and salaries of $5 million."
August 7, 2005 update Mike Reiss of the Boston Herald reported: "Vrabel's five-year contract included a signing bonus of $5.18 million and has roster bonuses due in every year. The potential total value - not including any escalators and a $1 million roster bonus Vrabel was already paid April 1 - is $16.4 million. Vrabel could earn roster bonuses of $500,000 for each of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and $1 million for each of the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. The base salaries are $670,000 (2005), $1.5 million (2006), $2.05 million (2007), $1.8 million (2008) and $2.2 million (2009). You can see how Vrabel's new deal compares to his old deal at vrabel.gif.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Vrabel earned $440 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Ken Walter - Walter was scheduled to be on the 53-man roster for the last six weeks of the season but he was placed on IR with two games left in the season. Walter's $710,000 salary is eligible for the Minimum Salary Benefit for Veteran Players. $425,000/17 * 4 = $100,000. $210,000 (the split salary amount) /17 * 2 = $24,706. $100,000 + $24,706 = $124,706

Eric Warfield - On April 5th the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that "Warfield's contract with the Patriots is a two-year, $1.51 million package, according to NFL Players Association documents. There is no signing bonus, but a $31,000 workout bonus in 2006, and a $56,000 workout bonus in 2007." Warfield was signed when the Patriots had 13 weeks left in their offseason wworkout training so I am not crediting him with the full amount.

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 updateMichael 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.)"
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Warren earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Ben Watson -  From the Boston Globe:"The deal, negotiated Sunday night and agreed upon early yesterday morning, will pay Watson, the 32d overall pick, at least $7.5 million and includes $4 million in bonuses ($2.7 signing, $1.3 option to be paid next year). The contract includes performance escalators that, based on receptions and club victories, could earn Watson an additional $2.4 million in 2008 and $3.6 million in '09.
August 19 update - Base salaries: $500,000 (2004); $360,000 (2005); $460,000(2006); $560,000 (2007); $660,000 (2008), $760,000 (2009)
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 Watson's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the next 3 years of his contract totaled out to $1,380,000. The combined prorated signing bonuses in the next 3 years of the contract (2005-2007) totaled out to be $2,130,000. That is a $750,000 difference. $750,000/3 = $250,000. $750,000/2= $375,000. There will be a $250,000 charge added to Watson's cap numbers for the years 2005 through 2007 and then there will be a $375,000 credit subtracted from Watson's 2007 and 2008 cap numbers.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Watson earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

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 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 Wilfork's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the 1st3 years of his contract totaled out to $1,400,000. The combined prorated signing bonuses in the 1st 3 years of the contract (2005-2007) 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.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Wilfork earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Gemara Williams -  According to the USAToday NFL salary database Williams received a $180,000 salary which means that when he was placed on injury reserve his $275,000 salary was decreased to $180,000, the minimum salary for a rookie that is not on a team's active roster.

Eugene Wilson - ESPN.Com reported on 7/20:
"The latest to agree is cornerback Eugene Wilson, one of New England's two second-round choices and the 36th overall pick in the draft. Wilson agreed to a five-year, $3.915 million that included a $2 million signing bonus. There is an escalator for the fifth year that would increase the base salary to $3 million, based on playing time."
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported that "Wilson received a $2 million signing bonus, salaries of $274,000, $342,000, $410,000, $478,000, and $546,000, and the potential of a $3 million payment before his fifth season based on playing time and performance over the first four years."
July 25, 2003 update - From ESPN.Com "Signing bonus: $2,000,000. Base salaries: $285,000 (2003); $356,250 (2004); $427,500 (2005); $498,750 (2006); $570,000 (2007, includes escalator). Total: five years, $4,137,500. Cap charge: $685,000."
May 26, 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 Wilson's case, the combined salaries, roster bonuses and reporting bonuses for the first 4 years of his contract totaled out to $1,567,500. The combined prorated bonuses in capped years of the contract (2003-2006) totaled out to be $1,600,000. That is a $32,500 difference. There will be a $8,125 charge added to Wilson's cap numbers for the years 2003 through 2006 and then there will be a $32,500 credit subtracted from Wilson's 2007 cap number.
October 25, 2005 update On 10/25/2005 the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reported that Wilson's 2005 cap number was $839,365, which most likely means that Wilson earned $3,740 in offseason workout bonus money and not the maximum of $6,160.
April 9, 2006 update Wilson's 2006 salary is now listed as $500,000 instead of $498,750 so it appears that Wilson's salary was increased because the new minimum salary for a player with his experience is $500,000.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Wilfork earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Pierre Woods - According to the USAToday NFL salary database Woods received a $7,500 signing bonus.

Mike Wright - UDFAs,like Mike Wright, signed for the rookie minimum of $230,000. On 10/25 Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reported that Wright's cap number was $231,000, which mostly means that he got a $2,000 signing bonus as part of his 2-year deal.
August 28, 2007 update According to the USAToday NFL salary database Wright earned $4,840 in offseason workout bonus money in 2006.

Billy Yates - I found his $425,000 salary on the NFLPA.org site. Peter King was on WEEI on 9/15 reporting that Yates is the highest paid practice squad in the history of the NFL.

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