Originally Posted by Texian
There is no cap in baseball. The last 3 years the Texans have started with their backs up against the salary cap wall (little or no room). It doesn't appear that there is any relief in the near future. This puts the Texans at a distinct disadvantage because they've consistently pushed money to future years, year after year. The Steelers and Patriots are NOT having to restructure contracts 3 years in a row. The Texans have converted quite a few of today's salaries to tomorrows dollars. When Mario became a FA and his $20 million salary came off the books the Texans still started the new year over the cap. Yep, these guys are doing a swell job.
But the Patriots have been restructuring or extending contracts all the time.
I know for sure that they extended Mankins in 2011, restructured Brady and Ocho Cinco's contract in 2012, and extended Brady this off-season.
They were also in talk in Lloyd to restructure his contract, but talk broke down.
Brady's extension frees up $8M for them.
It was supposed to allow the Pats to resign Welker.
For some reason, Welker decided to sign with the Broncos for cheap at $12M over 2 years.
At the NFL meeting, Kraft insisted that the Pats had a better offer.
The Pats settled for Amendola; they also let guys like Kyle Love, Patrick Chung, Donald Thomas and Woodhead go.
If they had kept all of these guys, the cap space that their contracts require over their replacements would have wiped out the Pats even with Brady's extension.
So, if saying that managing the cap can be done easily by just letting good players walk, then the Pats have been doing a wonderful job, just like any other team in the NFL.