Re: Kraft hints at more moves coming as a result of Brady's restructure
posted at 3/22/2012 3:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Kraft hints at more moves coming as a result of Brady's restructure
[QUOTE]Not to be a wet blanket, but Kraft is also selling a brand here. He isn't going to say, "Nah, we'll just sit on the cash under the cap and pocket it,"
which is something they've actually done in years past. That said, it would be exciting to see a big move. But I expect NE will be waiting around to nab something in the second round of cuts. I think one of the simmering stories is the fate of Freeney before his bonuses, and he seems like exactly the kind of player BB looks for as "value" on the open market.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
Since his base was guaranteed as a signing bonus Kraft is spending the same amount of cash on Brady. Actually, if they use even 1mil more of the cap saved on another FA then that means he actually spent more money then if Brady didn't restructure to begin with, so it's not a pocket it situation.
Also they tend to go into the season with $3-6mil in cap space but they also tend to extend players throughout the year. So, by the end of the year they are usually close to the cap. At least that's what Miguels reports every year, and since reporters tend to reference Miguels I would trust it.
Kraft knows the bread and butter is to put out a winning team every year and pocketing cap space every year won't do that for you.
I'm thinking they are expecting some people to be released, or they want to extend some players (Chung, Spikes, Gronk) before they can sniff the cap expansion in 14', or they are making some room for a RFA or trade player (ala Haynesworth, Ocho last year)