In response to BuzyDizzyIzzy's comment:
And to continue on about the Patriots being "cheap".......REALLY? How much cap room do they have left this year? a few million left over? At least the Patriots aren't doing mad cuts left and right like alot of teams do every year. Look at Baltimore for example. How many players did they cut due to "salary cap" issues.
I mean, whats the point of making all these big dollar signings, if you have to cut a ton of players just to make the #'s work every year. At least with the Patriots the players have a legitimate chance to actually play out their contracts if the players play up to the system's standards.......I see so many teams each year cut/dump players who were signed to big newsworthy deals that end up not even making half the money they were originally signed for. Would that make those teams CHEAP, or just stupid? Lets get real here.........
Well cheap is a matter of perspective of signing philosphy more so then amount spent. For example last year, they spent up to $5mil in the cap however they took a quantity approach instead of quality in last years FA. The end result was a large number of those signed were cut in camp and there was a lot of dead money. That dea money counted against the cap so the actual amount on the team week 1 was much less then what was spent during FA period. Being cheap could simply mean that instead of targetting higher quality players for a higher price they cast the net wide targetting quantity and hoping to find a couple of players that could perform. Very few would debate they don't spend money but I think the real debate (or cheap notion) comes from if they spent the money wisely