Looking at how the dough is divvied up among Patriots rivals

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Looking at how the dough is divvied up among Patriots rivals

Earlier today, I took a look at the top of the Patriots pay scale for 2013 and pointed out that Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and Logan Mankins will chew up about 35 percent of the team's cap in 2013.

Also noted was the number of Patriots with cap hits of 3 million or more and the percentage of the cap those players swallowed up.

The Patriots have nine players who'll carry cap hits of more than 3 million into 2013 unless there's some renegotiation done. The nine will take up 65.95 million of the Pats cap of 126.6 million (they are rolling in 5.6 from last year's unused cap space).

Now, a look at the rest of the AFC East and some key teams in the AFC. Obviously, some moves are going to be made. But here's where the teams stood according to NFL figures at the end of the regular season.

Buffalo Bills
2013 cap (with rollover from 2012): 130.9 million

Top 3 hits: Mario Williams (12.4 million), Ryan Fitzpatrick (10.45 million), Chris Kelsay (6.0 million)

Players over 3 million: Williams, Fitzpatrick, Kelsay, Kyle Williams (5.8 million), Stevie Johnson (5.65 million), Marcel Dareus (5.65 million), Mark Anderson (4 million), Nick Barnett (4 million), Brad Smith (4 million), Fred Jackson (3.7 million), C.J. Spiller (3.7 million)

Total hits of players over 3 million: 65.35 million

Moving Parts: Jairus Byrd is a free agent and a candidate to be franchised or re-signed to a generous deal. Fitzpatrick is going to get a shave or a release, though his cap hit will still be more than 7 million, it appears, if he is let go.

New York Jets
2013 cap (with rollover from 2012): 124.5 million

Top 3 hits: David Harris (13 million), Mark Sanchez (12.85 million), Santonio Holmes (12.5 million), Antonio Cromartie (10.75 million)

Players over 3 million: Mark Sanchez (12.85 million), Darrelle Revis (9 million), D'Brickashaw Ferguson (10.7 million), David Harris (13 million), Santonio Holmes (12.5 million), Antonio Cromartie (10.75 million), Nick Mangold (9.1 million), Bart Scott (8.65 million), Calvin Pace (11.6 million), Sione Pouha (6.2 million), Jason Smith (12 million),

Total hits of players over 3 million: 116.35 million

Moving Parts: Insane. One caveat: Jason Smith, acquired by trade with the Rams, is the only guy who isn't the Jets stupidity. Meanwhile, the team has valued free agents in Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene and -- to a lesser degree -- LaRon Landry.

Miami Dolphins
2013 cap (with rollover from 2012):126.4 million

Top 3 hits: Karlos Dansby (8.58 million), Paul Soliai (7.38 million), Richard Marshall (5.7 million)

Players over 3 million: Karlos Dansby (8.58 million), Cameron Wake (5 million), Paul Soliai (7.38 million), Dimitri Patterson (4.6 million), Richard Marshall (5.77 million), Kevin Burnett (5.7 million), Richie Incognito (5.383 million), Davone Bess (3.43 million), Dan Carpenter (3 million)

Total hits of players over 3 million: 48.77 million

Moving Parts: The Dolphins have some pricey re-signs and decisions looming -- left tackle Jake Long, wide receiver Brian Hartline, corner Sean Smith and maybe Reggie Bush. But overall, they are in excellent shape

Baltimore Ravens
2013 cap (with rollover from 2012): 122.2 million

Top 3 hits: Terrell Suggs (13 million), Haloti Ngata (11.5 million), Anquan Boldin (7.53 million)

Players over 3 million: Haloti Ngata (11.5 million), Terrell Suggs (13 million), Anquan Boldin (7.53 million), Marshal Yanda (7.5 million), Ray Rice (5.75 million), Lardarius Webb (5.38 million), Jacoby Jones (4.9 million), Vonta Leach (4.3 million), Michael Oher (4.255 million), Jameel McLain (4.2 million), Matt Birk (3.4 million), Bernard Pollard (3.25 million).

Total hits of players over 3 million: 74.965 million

Moving Parts: Joe Flacco's going to be re-signed and that's a fat contractcap hit. Birk is unsure if he'll return. Ed Reed is a free agent who wants to come back to the Ravens, he says. They have some hard decisions and requests to make.

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 
 

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

Josh McDaniels will be staying put in New England, he said on Monday, because that's what's best for him and his family at this point in time. 

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The Patriots offensive coordinator was a front-runner for the open head-coaching job in San Francisco but has removed his name from consideration.

"I was really impressed with [Niners owner and CEO] Jed York and [Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Football Operations] Praag [Marathe] and [Director of Football Administration and Analytics] Brian [Hampton] and the people that came from the 49ers organization. They did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process.

"At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

Next season will be McDaniels' sixth full season back with the Patriots since returning during the playoffs of the 2011 season.

"I've always said how grateful I am to have this opportunity to work here with Mr. Kraft and his family, and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff, and to have the privilege to get to work with the players that we work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."