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How the Patriots can keep both Revis and McCourty

FS Devin McCourty and CB Darrelle Revis.

FS Devin McCourty and CB Darrelle Revis.

The NFL has set the 2015 Salary Cap at 4143.8 million this year, up from $10 million last year. The Pats current salary number is $144.58 million, according to Boston Globe’s Ben Volin they need to trim about $ 11 million.

This number includes Revis’ contract, which will be redone, and will create more cap space.

Of course, Revis won’t be cheap to get back or to redo his contract.

They could release him and not resign him, which would open a lot of space and they could be free to choose whomever or resign McCourty, but perish the thought! The Pats need Revis.

The Pats have to make moves if they have any hope of working something out with Revis and McCourty or even just with one of them.

The Patriots can retain McCourty and Revis, but they have to trim up their team and do some reconstructing of contracts.

The first thing they are doing to free up space is talking to Revis and trying to work a new deal, but even with a new deal he won’t be cheap and they will still need more space.

The team will probably approach DT Vince Wilfork to redo his contract for the 2nd year in a row and if he doesn’t he might actually be let go. He will be a $8.9 million cap hit (if he remains on the roster and reaches all of his incentives). My feeling is he will do it.

Most likely they will let LB Jerod Mayo go and free up around $10 million in salary cap, which will be huge. Mayo was hurt for the second straight year during week 5 and missed the season, leaving room open for Hightower to blossom into the top linebacker.

They will approach WR Danny Amendola to redo his contract to free up cap relief as he’s a $5.7 million dollar cap hit. Too much for the number 4 guy, a capable number 4 guy and a good backup to Edelman, but still too much. I believe he will rework his deal in favor of the Patriots and if not, he’s likely gone. But, like I said, I believe he will work with the team and redo his contract.

They might extend CB Brandon Browner’s 3 year – now 2 year contract, to lessen the blow this year. His hit is $4.8 million and they don’t want to lose him or cut him so they will probably extend his contract to a longer term deal. They could cut him to resign him, but that’s highly unlikely. They may not even redo his contract and leave it as is, but we will see.

LT Nate Solder is a guy they can redo his contract to free up some money for the team. He might actually redo his deal.

These are a few names and a few ways they could free up money to try to retain their two top guys Revis and McCourty.

Keeping the secondary the same for the Patriots won’t be cheap and will be very hard to do.





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