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Last updated on April 15, 2013 12:45 PM EDT
According to my figures the Patriots' 2013 cap figure is for $113,199,225 with 69 (68 active, 0 on Injured Reserve, 1 on Reserve/Non-NFI) players. I now believe that reserve players like Brian Waters do not count against the cap. I have the Patriots' 2013 dead money at $6,644,196. $113,164,225 + $6,644,196 = $119,808,421. The cap limit for the 2013 season is $123 million. The Patriots' adjusted cap number is $129,656,344. Therefore, I have the Patriots under their adjusted cap limit by about $9.9 million. According to the NFLPA the Patriots are under the cap by $8,644,937 so my numbers are off by $1.3 million. Why do I think that my numbers are off? I believe that one or more Patriots have unreported incentives hitting the cap.
This is really good stuff!! This begs the question, why did the Patriots put such a modest offer sheet out there for Sanders making it so tempting for the Steelers to match when they could have blown them away? It's almost like they wanted to push the Steelers right up to their cap so that when the draft comes they can't sign any of their picks without cutting some players. Maybe its the future cut player(s) the Pats are really after. Anyone know who are potential cap casualties for the Steelers post draft?
Well it might be just the value they had on Sanders. I think a lot of people were overvalueing what he could give. I even saw people suggesting he was a #1. From what I see, the hesistation over matching on Pits part kind of verifies, that Sanders is a solid 'X' wr that will be a #2/3 but won't be someone who would need to be game planned for. Maybe the Pats thought $2.5mil was the max value for what they thought Sanders would provide. It stinks we didn't get him but his ceiling might be low and there is no guarantee he'd fit with the Pats anyways. Investing more then needed might have been the right move. Now lets see what they do moving forward and how they compensate by not getting him. For all we know they will use #91 on a Swope or Wheaton who could end up being better then Sanders