In response to TFB12's comment:
Another what do we do with Amendola thread. Not surprising.. I would like to just remind a few posters on this forum that I told you so! Now that I got that off my chest... what do we do with Amendola?
This is interesting info that you post rkarp. Well done, you add a lot of good info to the forum. I am assuming Ben Volin is correct with his numbers on Amendola's cap hits for 2014 and 2015.
The savings for this season between Amendola's cap hit of $4.575 million and $1.2 million (post June 1) would be huge in keeping Edelman and possibly even allow the Pats to bring in a more experienced down field threat FA after redoing Wilforks contract, which we know has to happen. Gruden is 100% correct (amazing) when he says the Pats need to improve the receiving corps for next season.
Do we really see the Pats going after more WR's in the draft and expect that to be the answer to adding firepower with Dobson and Thompkins? I'm not so sure about that. They need a quality FA WR signing this off season.
So if you are keeping Thompkins, Dobson and Boyce then re-sign Edelman, Cut Amendola after June 1, bring in a legit FA WR who can work the middle to deeper parts of the field, re-sign Talib, redo Willforks contract. Is that all doable?
They are about 4-5 million under the cap right now correct? It includes the almost 5 million owed Amendola. That is your Talib $. Or if no Talib a veteran defensive back like Tillman or Pollard for 3 million and a pick used on a safety or CB.
They need to re-do Wilfork's contract in order to add a legit starter on the O-line (Alex Mack) or D-line (Linval Joseph) if they can get one such player in free agency they can use a draft pick on the other spot. We know Wendell will be healthy.... but mediocre. We don't know if Wilfork/Kelly will be healthy, but if they are they are better than mediocre, even at 80-90% of what they were last year and 60-70% of what they were in their prime. Not sure which line to key in on, but with multiple young DT's who flashed talent and both Wilfork/Kelly around to mentor and good chances one of them is a difference maker I would go after Mack.
Anyhow, Amendola would cost 4.6 million to be here or 1.2 million to be gone. Ok. ONLY if this team can keep Edelman for a cap hit of around 4m would you do that. Definitely not above 5. That would make it a wash. But we all want Edelman over Amendola, including Brady.
The team would then game plan a way to get around that 3.6 million cap hit for 2015 over the next year. It would definitely hurt though. Would it hurt enough to keep Amendola and have guys in here like Collie and Moe to push for minutes in the slot and say goodbye to Edelaman? I'm not sure.
Through other cuts and restructures the team should have enough $ around for one more middle tier FA deal and their draft picks. Team could go for a downfield WR like Emmanual Sanders or Golden Tate (although you hope Dobson takes this role by the horns next year) or another tough guy veteran added to defense like Pollard/Whitner at safety, Woodyard/Darly Smith ILB or Shaun Phillps/Ayers at DE (rob Denver of someone).