Thanks to Mike Reiss on this one:
The salary cap status of teams is fluid, as one player transaction can change things in an instant.
But as of today, when accounting for the top 51 Patriots players under contract for 2008, the Patriots have $8.365 million in space under the $116 million cap.
That currently ranks 25th out of the league’s 32 teams.
So while the Patriots will have space to make personnel moves — and will likely create additional space with a few player moves — the upcoming offseason doesn’t appear as if it will resemble what happened last year when the team had an abundance of room and jumped out of the gate early to sign Adalius Thomas.
Rosevelt Colvin. His 2008 salary hit will be second highest on the team. And although Rosy may deserve that kind of money, I’m not sure if he will get it. However, that doesn’t mean he will leave the team. If the Patriots did release him, they would most likely try to restructure a new deal.
Also, don’t expect the team to hang on to Donte Stallworth. They will most likely decline his option, and they may or may not try to restructure his deal. But the big question mark here is Chad Jackson. Is he ready to step up and be the receiver we’ve hoped he will become? Year three will be a big year for Chad, especially if Stallworth is released.
The last salary cap sacrifice may be Kelley Washington. His total cap hit will be near $2 million, and although he played well on special teams, $2 million is too much for a special teams player.