New England Patriots Players Salaries and Contracts 2015

New England Patriots Players/Roster Salaries and Contracts 2015: The New England Patriots are the Super Bowl Champions, a team that has won five Super Bowls since 2001. Maintaining such a team while keeping in mind the salary cap is a huge task. The Patriots’ schedule, along with their State Run Media followers, has recently led people to believe that they might actually be on the verge of insolvency. Yet, the entire situation is quite skeptical. Having used about 82% of their salary cap last season, they do have a cap space of $16 million approx to save them from insolvency.

New England Patriots Players Salaries and Contracts

As on October 1, the New England Patriots had $120 million in commitments to 57 of their players. The NFL salary cap has been set up to $143 million this year by the NFLPA. Apart from this, the Patriots do have a carry over cap amount of $6 million. But, it’s likely to be earned as incentives from adjustments that had amounted to a negative $4.5 million, further reducing its cap space. Major sponsors this season for the Patriots at the Gillette stadium are Gillette, Bank of America, EMC, Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, and Verizon.

It is theorized that the Patriots have benefited majorly from Aaron Hernandez’s grievances settlement. The Patriots received a credit of $1.184 million for the grievance settlement as an incentive. This helps in increasing the gap in the salary cap amount.

Another key aspect is the renewal of Rob Gronkowski’s contract of $56 million over the next four years. They guaranteed Gronkowski’s $4.75 million salaries and $250,000 off-season workout bonus in February. Gronkowski is one of the highest paid players on the New England Patriots.

Apart from that, the restructuring of Jerod Mayo’s contract this year has played a major role in balancing out the cap space for the Patriots. Mayo’s old cap number amounted roughly to $10 million, making him the second-highest paid inside linebacker. This season, his cap number has been cut down to $6.25 million with an incentive of $4.5 million for injuries. Apart from this, Mayo is to receive a signing bonus of $3.6 million which can be prorated by him over the season and an additional bonus of $5, 00,000 if he plays all 16 games. This is major strategizing on the Patriot’s part.

Tom Brady received his final installment of $30 million in February as an amount of his signing bonus that had been guaranteed to him.

The overall New England Patriots roster so far with the player’s average salary and contract terms are as follows:

New England Patriots Player/Roster salaries and contracts:

Player Name Age  Average Salary Contract Expiration
Rob Gronkowski 26 $9,000,000 2020
Devin McCourty 28 $9,500,000 2020
Tom Brady 38 $9,000,000 2018
Nate Solder 27 $10,031,000 2018
Stephen Gostkowski 31 $4,300,000 2019
Julian Edelman 29 $4,250,000 2018
Sebastian Vollmer 31 $4,187,500 2017
Danny Amendola 29 $4,250,000 2018
Jabaal Sheard 26 $5,500,000 2017
Brandon LaFell 28 $3,000,000 2017
Marcus Cannon 27 $4,500,000 2017
Patrick Chung 28 $2,733,333 2018
Chandler Jones 25 $2,043,138 2017
Dont’a Hightower 25 $1,931,001 2017
Malcolm Brown 21 $1,903,307 2019
Dominique Easley 22 $1,825,887 2018
Rob Ninkovich 31 $3,500,000 2017
Ryan Wendell 29 $3,425,000 2016
Ryan Allen 25 $1,833,333 2019
Scott Chandler 30 $2,650,000 2017
Jerod Mayo 29 $4,500,000 2018
Alan Branch 30 $2,150,000 2017
Tavon Wilson 25 $1,052,096 2016
Matthew Slater 30 $2,000,000 2017
Jon Bostic 24 $985,200 2017
Jamie Collins 25 $940,250 2017
Jordan Richards 22 $927,887 2019
Jimmy Garoppolo 23 $870,975 2018
Aaron Dobson 24 $857,093 2017
Geno Grissom 23 $715,488 2019
Trey Flowers 22 $709,733 2019
Tre’ Jackson 22 $700,935 2019
Logan Ryan 24 $693,313 2017
Shaq Mason 22 $680,881 2019
Duron Harmon 24 $677,775 2017
Bryan Stork 24 $674,250 2018
Akiem Hicks 25 $670,100 2016
James White 23 $654,272 2018
Joe Cardona 23 $620,000 2019
A.J. Derby 24 $598,013 2019
Darryl Roberts 24 $583,556 2019
Brandon Bolden 25 $1,160,000 2017
Tyler Gaffney 24 $579,150 2018
Chris Jones 25 $563,128 2017
Nate Ebner 25 $549,150 2016
Tarell Brown 30 $2,000,000 2016
Jonathan Freeny 26 $1,750,000 2017
LeGarrette Blount 28 $865,000 2016
David Andrews 23 $530,000 2018
Malcolm Butler 25 $510,000 2017
Bradley Fletcher 29 $1,500,000 2016
Josh Kline 25 $496,333 2016
Michael Williams 25 $480,000 2017
Brandon Gibson 28 $825,000 2016
Dane Fletcher 29 $825,000 2016
James Develin 27 $660,000 2016
Sealver Siliga 26 $660,000 2016
Brian Tyms 26 $600,000 2016
Dion Lewis 25 $585,000 2016
Khyri Thornton 25 $585,000 2016
Rufus Johnson 25 $435,000 2016
Justin Coleman 22 $435,000 2016

Thus, the Patriots have very little cap space to spare while bulking up a team that can maintain the team’s status of Super bowl champions. Some major changes have been made to the roster so far, with paying off the commitments made to its players for their contracts, certain additions to the team and letting go of certain players from last season.

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