We continue on our trek through NFL free agency as we turn our sights to the New England Patriots and the potential moves coming out of Foxboro, Massachusetts over the next two months. Mark Schofield and Chuck Zodda are joined by Miguel Benzan of Pats Cap, who lends his expertise to our hosts on the March 4 Quick Kicks Podcast. Topics this show include:
- Miguel’s background and how he became interested in putting together information on the New England salary cap, which he has been doing since 2001 (1:52)
- The Tom Brady contract and what the potential variations look like from a cap perspective and in terms of the money heading Brady’s way over the next four years (3:01)
- The recent releases of Brandon LaFell and Scott Chandler and how much cap space these moves produced as well as the likelihood of replacing these players through free agency (4:15)
- The relatively thin interior of the Patriots defensive line and whether this is an area that is best addressed through free agency or in a deep draft class at this position instead (6:52)
- Whether or not there is enough room under the cap for New England to bring in an additional offensive lineman to stabilize a weak unit from the previous year, and what position would be the most likely target (8:27)
- Miguel’s assessment of how the Patriots have handled the salary cap over the past fifteen years, recapping some of the best and worst deals signed over that time (10:44)
- The constant criticism of how New England manages the cap by often pushing players out who still appear to be in their prime, and whether this criticism is warranted (13:32)
- Our Twitter Question of the Day, “Is Vernon Adams the ultimate sleeper of this year’s QB class?” (18:10)
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