We’re always considering all angles here at PFW, Corey, including the one’s you listed. First, though, I’ll say I’ll be stunned if Dennard gets the maximum six-year prison term after being convicted of assaulting a policeman and resisting arrest (the incident happened last year, before the draft, in Nebraska, where Dennard went to college). He may end up doing some time behind bars, but we won’t know exactly how much until his sentencing in April.
Regardless of what becomes of him, the Patriots need to address the cornerback position. They were already lacking in quality depth and talent there, so, New England needs to upgrade via free agency and the draft. The concerns in the secondary have no bearing on Welker’s situation, however. It’s somewhat similar to the corner conundrum in that, even if Welker re-signs with New England, the team still needs to improve its roster at that position.
And that’s really the bottom line for both positions. It would be nice to retain both Welker and Talib, but even with them back in the fold, the Patriots have work to do to get better at receiver and corner.
There’s a lot of speculation about what position and whom to draft this year. If, and that is a very big if,
Barrett is about to become a free agent, so, there’s no guarantee he’ll even be a factor for the Patriots this year. Even if he re-signs, don’t hold your breath. His injury history – particularly for a guy as big as he is – is frightening. Ditto for Dowling. Though not as strong or physically imposing, Dowling’s tall for a corner, but has suffered from fragility issues since high school. I wouldn’t put much hope in either player making a significant impact in 2013. If I’m wrong, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
What would you think of the Patriots going after Darrius Heyward-Bey (who will probably be cut by Oakland) in free agency? While he was obviously over-drafted, he did show improvements last season, and has the speed at WR that the Pats have been looking for?
Heyward-Bey had his moments in silver and black, and, if he does become available on the free agent market, I’d be stunned if the Patriots didn’t at least show some interest. It’s just premature to speculate on him right now.
Hey guys, I live for ask PFW so I figured I would try to get my question answered. What are the odds of the Patriots getting Ted Ginn? He is a very good returner, which we need because of the injury-plagued Edelman, and has potential to be a fast, and good receiver. Thanks guys!
I’m not a bookmaker, so, I don’t like to set odds. What I will say is that your Ginn idea isn’t a bad one, Jason, particularly if the Patriots don’t hang onto
I had a quick thought on the Welker/no-Welker situation. The Patriots should be expecting
I am intrigued by the possibility of A healthy Jake Ballard. How do you see three TE together on the field at once? Any thoughts on new innovative formations?
I, too, am very interested to see how Ballard can perform in this offense. Having seen him play against New England as a member of the New York Giants, I have long been impressed with his physical skills. He reminds me in many ways of
I recently read an article that stated certain players’ salaries for this coming season were lower than their salary cap hit. So for example, a player making $3 million had a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. Why the difference? Thanks for your help!
It’s strictly an accounting maneuver, Tyler. NFL player contracts normally include signing bonuses, many of them quite hefty ones. While the player receives that guaranteed bonus money upon inking his deal, the league’s number crunchers give the team some breathing room with respect to the salary cap by dividing the bonus by the number of years of the contract (called “prorating”) and applying that number to the player’s salary cap hit each season.
For instance, if a player is given a four-year, $18 million deal with a $6 million signing bonus included in those 18, his average salary per season would be $3 million (four divided by 12). His prorated salary cap number for the bonus would be $1.5 million for each of the four years (plus that year’s salary). So, his salary cap hit would be $4.5 million -- $3 million in salary plus a prorated $1.5 for the bonus.
Without proration, his team would be on the hook for $9 million in that first year of the contract ($3 million salary, plus the full $6 million bonus). So, in your example, I’m guessing that the $1.5 million difference is just prorated signing bonus money which has already been delivered to the player.
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