By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Reason No. 92,476,759,420,967,163,069,384 that we should just stop it with the Cam Newton, and even the Andy Dalton while we’re at it. The Patriots aren’t going to be making any more major additions unless it’s through a big trade, because they remain up against the cap as tightly as almost every team in the NFL.
Albert Breer of The MMQB posted the teams with the most and least cap space on Monday after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The data tells us two things we already know: cap space is not indicative of success, and the Patriots still have very little space to work with as they continue to build their 2020 roster.
Post-draft, the Patriots ranked 31st in the league in cap space with just $1.077 million.
Top-3 most cap space? Browns, Redskins, Lions. That’s like the Surgeon General’s cigarette warning but for teams that don’t spend. So this is not a commentary on how Bill Belichick fudged up the cap and that’s why he’s bad. Just the reality of his tight pursestrings.
New England’s official roster lists 66 players, while there are 16 reported undrafted free agents, leaving the Patriots with eight spots still to fill. The cap space won’t matter as long as the remaining additions don’t break the threshold of the top-51 and eat into the $1.077 million left. But it simply illustrates that Belichick has little margin for error when it comes to managing the 2020 personnel.
It also illustrates that, unless Belichick pulls something like a Joe Thuney deal, you shouldn’t expect a big move until 2021 at the earliest. Barring a significant trade or release, Belichick pretty much has to work with what he has. And that’s with little added impact coming from the outside.
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