Re: re-sign Spikes
posted at 9/23/2013 8:30 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to IndianaPatsFan's comment:
Sorry to throw a wrench into the plans of the "just re-sign everybody" crowd, but there's this little obstacle called the salary cap. The Pats, like all NFL teams, have to make tough choices. Important players like Brady, Vollmer, Mankins, Gronk, Big Vince, and Mayo have received their big pay days, and other like Spikes, McCourty, Talib, Wendell, and Solder are coming due.
We are free to throw out our opinions here, but we REALLY don't see the whole picture like the Patriots organization does.
M H K
They are currently 10mil under the cap with the cap expecting a major increase in 2014. Solder can wait until after 2014 to sign, Wendell is not going to command a ton (think 2-3mil), so you are really talking about Talib, McCourty, and Spikes. Of the 3 Talib will cost the most but you certainly can fit both Spikes and McCourty in the 2014 year for under a $7mil cap hit for both combined, until the cap expands were their bas salary can increase (but no more than 30% the previous year by rule). Additionally, if they spend money wisely they will have over $17mil in dead money coming off the books in the next couple of years. That $17mil can be spread into the extensions provided they don't do dumb things like sign Haynesworth's, Fenana's, Ocho's, A. Wilson's anymore. There's plenty of room to fit our guys under the cap and add a couple of extra pieces too.
Thank you ENG... . I have a crude understanding of all cap issues except that it comes down to keeping who you like based on value etc. with rookie salaries now more under control, seems like teams can keep more guys like a spikes , who as a 2 down linebacker can be fit easier than a top round draft pick every down player. You make a good point that avoiding the " grass is greener" wasted money on other guys ... Allows more sensible signings of your proven players who are leaders like spikes , McCourty and talib. this defense is gelling and you need all the pieces. Nink was just reupped.
Maybe you offer a 1 or 2 year deal to get to the next cap. Sign him now before the stock goes up ... Maybe you get a good deal where a guy wants to stay and be a part of this team right now.