Being it's a bye week and there isn't much to talk about relating to the Patriots without knowing who our next opponent is...I started looking into the Patriots offseason and what they may try and do.
I think as far as new players coming in, you won't see too many - rookies or Free Agents. Of course that all starts with who we are able to bring back from our own Free Agent list, which is quite lengthy.
As of now we are at about $141 mil for committed salaries in 2015. Once we resign Revis to a new deal we can knock his cap charge down from $25 mil to about $12 saving us $13mil. Mayo’s contract will need to be reworked or he will be cut which should free up about $4.6 mil. Solder’s deal will be extended at a lesser cap charge than his current $7.5 hit. I figure we can save about $2 mil off that cap charge. Next we cut Wendell and Hooman who save a combined $2.4 mil. With these maneuvers and leaving enough room to sign Rookies/mid season moves…We should have about $14 mil to bring back the rest of our guys as follows
(I don’t want to get into contract specifics but these are guestimated cap charges for 2015).
S-McCourty ($6 mil cap charge) – Absolute must sign
S-Chung ($1 mil cap charge) – Really want him back, but won’t over pay. Solid player.
NT-Siliga ($1.5 mil cap charge) – Need to bring him back if we’re losing Branch
DE-Ayers ($1.2 mil cap charge) – Really want him back, love his versatility, hopefully he takes a discount to come back here
LB-Casillas ($.75 mil cap charge) – Like his ST play and ability to start if needed
RB-Bolden ($.75 mil cap charge) – Beast of a STer and can fill in incase of injury at RB
FB-Develin ($.75 mil cap charge) – Great complimentary piece to this offense
WR-Tyms ($.5 mil cap charge) – Really want to see him here for a full season
LS-Aiken ($.75 mil cap charge) – Not tied to him but he’s solid. Could find a UDFA.
G – If we can’t make room to bring back Connolly.
DT-Branch – Would love him back but he will be pricy. We won’t have the cap space.
LB-White – Good Special teamer but it came down to White v. Casillas and Casillas provides more.
LB-Morris – No need.
G-Connolly – I’d like to bring him back, but I think someone will offer far more.
K-Gostkowski – Just getting too expensive. Can’t be paying a Kicker $4 mil. Even if he’s top 3.
RB-Ridley – Just won’t have the money to spend on an inconsistent player
RB-Vereen– Just won’t have the money to spend on an inconsistent player
TE-Maneri – No need.
Top Needs: OG, DT, RB, Blocking TE
Round 1 #32 – Best O linemen available to play G
Round 2 #64 – Best DT available
Round 3 #96 – Best RB available (workhorse type to replace Ridley)
Round 4 #97 – Pick from TB – Blocking TE
Round 4 #128 – Kicker
Round 6 #161 – WR to push Boyce/Dobson/Tyms
Round 6 #192 – G for camp competition/Practice Squad
Round 7 #194 – Pick from Ten – CB for camp competition/Practice Squad
Round 7 #224 – Mr. Irrelevant – DE for camp competition/Practice Squad
QB (2) – Brady, Garrapollo
RB (4) – Blount, Rookie (3), White, Bolden
FB (1) – Develin
TE (3) – Gronkowski, Wright, Rookie (4)
WR (6) – Edelman, LaFell, Amendola, Tyms, Dobson, Slater
OT (4) – Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Fleming
OG (4) – Rookie (1), Connolly/vet, Kline, Devey
C (1) – Stork
NT (2) – Wilfork, Siliga
DT (3) – Easley, Jones, Rookie (2)
DE/OLB (5) – Jones, Ninkovich, Ayers, Buchanon, Moore
LB (5) – Mayo, Hightower, Collins, Casillas, Fleming
CB (6) – Revis, Browner, Arrington, Ryan, Dennard, Butler
FS (2) – McCourty, Ebner
SS (2) – Chung, Harmon
K (1) – Rookie (4)
P (1) – Allen
LS (1) – Aiken
O – 25
D – 25
ST – 3
Should be a solid team if we can get everyone back here. If we do go this route of retaining our own, don’t expect any Free Agent signings of significance. Although I wouldn’t rule out trades to deal with some of the other guys with higher cap figures or underperforming (Dobson, Amendola, Wilson, Solder etc…)