Last updated on November 30, 2002 6:10 PM EDT

DISCLAIMER:

I will NOT pretend that this information will be 100% correct. The information on this site can ONLY be as accurate as the press reports that the information comes from.

I would like to thank Pats39, Peachhead, Jim S, Chris Matthews "CJ", Ian Logue, Andrew Brecher, Jocelyn Robichaud, Naren99, Ickster, dscotts, PatsFanKen, Urgent, Hurricane1, Tom Homer, FencerInBoston and Paul Dalrymple. Each of them have in their own way provided invaluable assistance and guidance. Please note that NONE of them are responsible for errors on this page.

My very Unofficial Patriots Roster Page 
My very Unofficial Patriots Free Agency Page (also lists the Patriots 2003 draft choices)
The 2003 version of this page  
The 2001 version of this page 
Salary Cap Resources Page which includes links to other teams' cap pages and to Cap FAQs
Footnotes and Documentation Page which provides supporting documentation for the figures shown on this page
the Excel 97 workbook that I use to compile these page zipped 
A listing of my cap-related articles 

Please note that Paul Katcher of Time Magazine called this page "by far the weirdest site I came across while researching this guide" in his listing of Essential bookmarks for the true football fan. and that on Page 4 of the September 3, 2001 issue of Time Magazine this page is referred to as "informed analysis of the Patriots' salary-cap problems."

According to my figures the Patriots are $3,839,203 under the 2002 cap limit of $71,100,000 with 52 active players signed. According to a 11/15 article by ESPN.Com's Len Paquarelli, the Pats are actually under the cap by $2.69 million so my numbers are off by about $850,000.

The most recent changes to my cap related pages

  1. Created two 2003 free agency pages, one by team, one by position.
  2. Updated the practice squad players section and the dead money section.
  3. Removed Brandon Moore from the practice squad.
  4. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Ty Law and Adam Vinatieri
  5. Removed O.J. Brigance from these pages and added Jimmy Hitchcock to them.
  6. Removed Arther Love from the practice squad and added T.C. Taylor to it.
  7. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Brock Williams
  8. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Lawyer Milloy
  9. Added O.J. Brigance to these pages.
  10. Removed Tom Knight from these pages.
  11. Added the practice squad to these pages.
  12. Added Terrell Buckley to these pages while removing Jimmy Hitchcock.
  13. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Antowain Smith
  14. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Mike Compton
  15. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Richard Seymour
  16. Updated the cap figures and the documentation for Tom Brady
  17. Removed Maurice Anderson, Drew Inzer, Arther Love, Brock Williams, Jace Sayler, David Nugent, Fred Coleman, "TC" Taylor, Mauguala Tuitele, Riddick Parker, and Leonard Myers from the active roster.
  18. Added a 2003 draft picks feature to the Free Agency Page.
  19. Removed Patrick Downey, Radell Lockhart, Chris Hayes and Ratcliff Thomas from the active roster.
  20. Updated the cap figures for a very bad dancer:)
  21. Removed Jimmy Farris, Ryan Benjamin, O.J.Brigance, Rob Kelly and Antwoine Womack from the active roster.
  22. Removed Tony Scott, Scott Dragos, Daniel Benetka, Ryan Phillips, Scott McCready, Jabari Holloway, and Tony Umholtz from the active roster. BTW, I think that Felger is incorrect in his $455,000 estimate of the cap savings that came about with Phillips' release. I think that the amount is closer to $75,000.
  23. Removed Grant Williams, Howard Duncan, and Daryl Porter from the active roster.
  24. Updated the cap numbers for Troy Brown after an article by ESPN.Com's Len Pasqaurelli.
  25. Moved the salary definitions that were on this page to the Salary Cap Resources Page in order to decrease the download time of this page.
  26. Removed Marty Moore and Chris Sullivan from these pages. Added Bernard Holsey and Riddick Parker to these pages.
  27. Updated the cap figures for David Givens
  28. Updated the "Play BB and Pioli" worksheet within the Excel 97 workbook that I use to compile these pages. This worksheet will allow you to play the role of BB and Pioli and decide who will be on the team. This worksheet is a work in progress so your suggestions, questions, and comment will be greatly appreciated.
  29. Updated the cap figures for Daniel Graham
  30. Updated the cap figures for Antwoine Womack
  31. Updated the cap figures for Deion Branch
  32. Updated the cap figures for Rohan Davey.
  33. Updated the cap figures for Jarvis Green. I would like to thank Albert Elias, Jarvis Green's agent for providing so much detail about his client's contract.
  34. Added Victor Green to these pages. I am estimating that his signing took up $75,000 in cap space. Updated the cap numbers for Tom Knight, Ryan Phillips and Steve Martin after reading an cap-related article by Michael Felger.
  35. Updated the cap numbers for Roman Phifer after an article by ESPN.Com's Len Pasqaurelli.
  36. Updated the cap numbers for Phifer and Martin - Phifer because his salary numbers were made available and Martin because his agent told me that my numbers for his client were off.
  37. Added Roman Phifer to these pages. The Phifer signing took up at least $625,000 in cap space.
  38. Updated the salary cap numbers for Jace Sayler after reading a post by the Ickster.
  39. Removed Andy Katzenmoyer as an active player from these page since he was released on June 14. I am estimating that his release free up over $380,000 in cap space.
  40. Updated the salary cap numbers for Bledsoe, Glenn, McGinest, and Ty Law after reading the May 26th column by Nick Cafardo.
  41. Corrected the offseason workout number from 5,600 to 5,040.
  42. Added a compensatory pick tracking feature to the Free Agency Page.
Key Dates
June 6- June 8 Mini-camp
July 22 Rookies start training camp
July 25 Veterans start training camp
August 27 Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players.
September 1 Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players
September 2, 4PM Patriots may establish a practice squad of up to five players.

Please note that by clicking on the player's name you will be brought to the supporting documentation for his cap figure.

2002 Patriots Salary Cap Information
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Active Willie McGinest 2006 $1,400,000 $3,758,500 $100,000 $100,000 $6,200,000 $6,332,500 $4,758,500 $2,574,400
Active Ty Law 2005 $650,000 $2,791,071 $1,000,000 $100,000 $4,552,500 $11,164,286 $2,791,071 $8,373,215
Active Ted Johnson 2003 $650,000 $2,371,250 $1,000,000 $105,600 $4,126,850 $4,742,500 $3,371,250 $2,371,250
Active Lawyer Milloy 2006 $525,000 $1,389,310 $50,000   $1,982,000 $6,946,548 $1,389,310 $5,557,238
Active Troy Brown 2004 $216,667 $1,276,667 $200,000 $55,040 $1,748,373 $3,830,000 $1,267,667 $2,553,333
Active Richard Seymour 2006 $300,000 $1,544,000     $1,844,000 $7,720,000 $1,544,000 $6,176,000
Active Otis Smith 2004 $700,000 Unknown Unknown Unknown $1,462,700 Unknown Unknown Unknown
Active Antowain Smith 2006 $525,000 $676,000   $105,040 $1,305,040 $3,375,000 $675,000 $2,700,000
Active Tebucky Jones 2002 $628,200 $525,000 $100,000 $5,040 $1,258,240 $525,000 $525,000  
Active Damien Woody 2003 $450,000 $770,000   $5,040 $1,245,040 $1,540,000 $770,000 $770,000
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Active Adam Vinatieri 2004 $525,000 $675,000   5,040 $1,205,040 $2,025,000 $675,000 $1,350,000
Active Donald Hayes 2003 $525,000 $500,000     $1,180,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $500,000
Active Ted Bruschi 2004 $650,000 $500,000   $5,040 $1,155,040 $1,500,000 $500,000 $1,000,000
Active Mike Compton 2003 $650,000 $382,667 $105,040   $1,137,707 $765,333 $382,667 $382,667
Active Anthony Pleasant 2003 $850,000 $66,667     $1,096,900 $133,333 $66,667 $66,667
Active Daniel Graham 2006 $800,000 $285,000     $1,085,000 $1,425,000 $285,000 $1,140,000
Active Tom Brady 2006 $375,000 $712,833 $40,000 $5,040 $1,019,600 $3,512,833 $712,833 2,400,000
Active Roman Phifer 2005 $750,000 $250,500     $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $250,500 $1,750,000
Active Christian Fauria 2004 $700,000 $266,667   $5,040 $971,707 $800,000 $266,667 $533,333
Active Ken Walter 2006 $700,000 $120,000   $5,040 $925,040 $600,000 $120,000 $480,000
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Active Bobby Hamilton 2003 $650,000 $150,000 $50,000 $5,040 $850,040 $300,000 $150,000 $150,000
Active David Patten 2004 $600,000 $250,000 $50,000 $5,040 $850,400 $750,000 $250,000 $500,000
Active Kevin Faulk 2003 $450,000 $200,000 $140,000 $5,040 $795,040 $400,000 $200,000 $200,000
Active Steve Martin 2002 $525,000 $250,000   $5,040 $755,040 $250,000 $250,000  
Active Damon Huard 2003 $575,000 $125,000   $5,040 $705,040 $250,000 $125,000 $125,000
Active Adrian Klemm 2004 $400,000 $245,000   $50,000 $695,000 $735,000 $245,000 $490,000
Active Joe Andruzzi 2004 $550,000 $137,500   $5,040 $692,040 $550,000 $137,500 $412,500
Active Marc Edwards 2002 $500,000 $137,500     $687,500 $550,000 $137,500 $412,500
Active Mike Vrabel 2005 $575,000 $75,000   $5,040 $655,040 $150,000 $75,000 $75,000
Active Matt Light 2004 $325,000 $326,250     $626,250 $978,750 $326,250 $652,500
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Active Larry Izzo 2004 $525,000 $68,750     $593,750 $206,250 $68,750 $127,500
Active Grey Ruegamer 2002 $563,000       $563,000      
Active J.R. Redmond 2003 $375,000 $75,000     $521,600 $150,000 $75,000 $75,000
Active Je'Rod Cherry 2002 $525,000 $25,000   $5,040 $480,040 $25,000 $25,000  
Active Rick Lyle 2002 $650,000 $25,000   $5,040 $480,040 $25,000 $25,000  
Active Victor Green 2002 $650,000 $25,000     $475,000      
Active Cam Cleeland 2002 $450,000     $5,040 $455,040      
Active Terrell Buckley 2002 $750,000       $450,000      
Active Bernard Holsey 2002 $525,000       $450,000      
Active Greg Robinson-Randall 2003 $375,000 $63,750     $438,750 $127,500 $63,750 $63,750
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Signed Deion Branch 2006 $225,000 $205,000     $430,000 $1,025,000 $205,000 $820,000
Active Jimmy Hitchcock 2002 $573,529       $397,059      
Active Antwan Harris 2003 $375,000 $23,333     $398,333 $46,667 $23,333 $23,333
Active Kenyatta Jones 2004 $300,000 $391,250     $391,250 $273,750 $91,250 $182,500
Active Matt Chatham 2002 $375,000     $5,040 $380,040      
Active Patrick Pass 2002 $375,000     $5,040 $380,040      
Active Lonie Paxton 2002 $375,000     $5,040 $380,040      
Active Rohan Davey 2005 $225,000 $82,500     $307,500 $330,000 $82,500 $247,500
Status Name Signed Thru Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Active Leonard Myers 2004 $300,000 $13,750   $5,040 $319,350 $41,250 $13,750 $27,500
Active Jarvis Green 2004 $225,000 $81,667     $306,667 $245,000 $81,667 $163,333
Active David Givens 2003 $225,000 $9,000     $234,000 $18,000 $9,000 $9,000
Reserve- Non-Football Injury Antwoine Womack 2005 $225,000 $7,250     $232,250 $29,000 $7,250 $21,750
Active Tom Ashworth 2002 $225,000     $5,040 $230,040      

Players on the Patriots Practice Squad
Status Name Salary Signing Bonus Roster/LTBE Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Figure Signing Bonus Acceleration 2002 Cap Hit if Cut after June 1 2003 Cap Hit (Cut after June 1st)
Practice Squad Maurice Anderson $68,000     $5,040 $73,040    
Practice Squad Brandon Gorin $215,500       $215,500    
Practice Squad Ken Kocher $40,000       $40,000    
Practice Squad Scott McCready $44,000     $5,040 $49,040    
Practice Squad Russ Hochstein $40,000       $40,000      

Players no longer with the Pats or on IR, or non-football-injury reserve list
$11,081,865 of the cap is being spent on the above type players so that the Pats' dead money percentage is 15.59%.
I will list the players with cap hits less than $10,000 at the end of table.
Status Name Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus 2002 Cap Hit 2003 Cap Hit
Released Akbar, Hakim   $40,000     $40,000  
Traded Bledsoe, Drew   $6,666,667     $6,666,667  
Released Brigance, O.J. $26,471       $26,471  
Released Edwards, Robert   $620,000     $620,000  
Traded Glenn, Terry   $945,000     $945,000  
Waived Jabari Holloway   $77,500   $5,040 $82,540 $155,000
Released Charles Johnson   $100,000     $100,000  
Released Andy Katzenmoyer   $406,250     $406,250  
Injured Reserve Ben Kelly $375,000     $5,040 $380,040  
Injured Reserve Kelly, Rob $450,000 $25,000   $5,040 $480,040  
Released Tom Knight   $150,000   $5,040 $155,040 $150,000
Released from Practice Squad Arther Love $8,000 $16,250   $5,040 $29,290 $32,500
Signed off the Practice Squad Brandon Moore $12,000       $12,000  
Injured Reserve Stephen Neal $300,000     $5,040 $305,040  
Released Panos, Joe   $62,500     $62,500  
Released Pochman, Owen   $11,500     $11,500  
Released Ryan Phillips   $25,000   $5,040 $30,040  
Released Darryl Porter   $25,000   $2,880 $27,880  
Waived Jace Sayler   $40,000   $5,040 $45,040 $40,000
Released Terrance Shaw   $11,500     $11,500  
Released Turner, T. J   $12,667     $12,667  
Released Brock Williams $45,000 $106,250   $5,040 $156,290  
Traded Grant Williams   $25,000   $3,960 $28,960  
Dead Money Totals $11,081,865     $11,081,865  
NTLBE Debit $2,688,954     $2,688,954  
Grand Money Totals $28,759,729     $67,260,797 $590,000

Small Dead Money Hits - Matt Knutson ($8,000). Mike Clare, Kole Ayi, Setema Gali, Scott Dragos, Jimmy Farris, Patrick Downey, David Nugent, Radell Lockhart, Ryan Benjamin and Walt Williams ($5,040). Major Applewhite ($1,800)

Future cap figures

YearNumber of Players
(2002 Starters in Bold)
Cap FigurePlayers
200256 (25)67,260,797Andruzzi, Ashworth, Brady, Branch, Brigance, Brown, Bruschi, Cherry, Cleeland, Compton,, Davey, Marc Edwards, Faulk, Fauria, Givens, Graham, Jarvis Green, Victor Green, Hamilton, Harris, Donald Hayes, Hitchcock, Holsey, Huard, Izzo, Ted Johnson, Kenyatta Jones, Tebucky Jones, Ben Kelly, Rob Kelly, Klemm, Law, Light, Lyle, Martin, McGinest, Milloy, Neal, Pass, Patten, Paxton, Phifer, Pleasant, Redmond, Robinson-Randall, Sayler, Seymour, Antowain Smith, Otis Smith, Vinateiri, Vrabel, Walter, Woody, Womack
200338 (19) 72,639,853Andruzzi, Brady, Branch, Brown, Bruschi, Compton, Davey, Faulk, Fauria, Givens, Graham, Jarvis Green, Hamilton, Harris, Donald Hayes, Huard, Izzo, Ted Johnson, Kenyatta Jones, Klemm, Law, Light, McGinest, Milloy, Myers, Patten, Phifer, Pleasant, Randall-Robinson, Redmond, Seymour, Antowain Smith, Otis Smith, Vinateiri, Vrabel, Walter, Woody, Womack
200426 (14)65,519,710Andruzzi, Brady, Branch, Brown, Bruschi, Davey, Fauria, Graham, Jarvis Green, Izzo, Kenyatta Jones, Klemm, Law, Light, McGinest, Milloy, Myers, Patten, Phifer, Seymour, Antowain Smith, Otis Smith, Vinateiri, Vrabel, Walter, Womack
200513(8)54,568,897Brady, Branch, Davey, Graham, Law, McGinest, Milloy, Phifer, Seymour, Antowain Smith, Vrabel, Walter, Womack
20068 (6)37,629,727Brady, Branch, Graham, McGinest, Milloy, Seymour, Antowain Smith, Walter

NFL Minimum Salary Levels for the 2002 season

Rookie              	- $225,000
1 Credited Season   	- $300,000
2 Credited Seasons  	- $375,000
3 Credited Seasons  	- $450,000
4 to 6 Credited Seasons	- $525,000 *
7 to 9 Credited Seasons	- $650,000 *
10+ Credited Seasons	- $750,000 *
*All minimum salaries for players with more than four years of experience will only count $450,000 against teams' salary caps.

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