Looking at the Patriots salary cap

Looking at the Patriots salary cap
February 6, 2014, 4:30 pm
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With the Patriots coming up short once again this season, the consensus opinion is that they'll have to make some key decisions with their roster in order to get back to the Super Bowl.

Well, easier said than done. The Pats don't have a lot of cap space, and may need to make some tough decisions in order to free it up.

On The Felger and Mazz Show, Mike Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Marc Bertrand take a look at the Patriots players who take up the most cap space. One of them probably takes up the most space on the field, too.

"The franchise number for defensive tackle last year was $8.5 million," Mass said. "So that's one of the top five salaries in the game, the average of one of the top five. [Vince] Wilfork's number this year is $11.5. That's way too high."

Bertrand's bold prediction is that the Pats cut Wilfork. That's something Mazz doesn't think is too crazy. Felger is just appalled at the names at the top of the Pats cap hit.

"Look at the top third of their roster," Felger said. "I would contend that they have a  crappy - in terms of cap value - they've got a crappy top third. Your top third sucks."

"The quarterback is on there, fine. Other than that, it's two tight ends who can't stay on the field for varying reasons (Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez). A wide receiver who can't stay on the field (Danny Amendola), and then two guards (Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly). You have two guards on the top eight on your cap? What happened? . . . Your kicker is your eighth highest cap charge."