Sep 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

What Does The Patriots Cap Situation Look Like?

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January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) in the first of the game against the Denver Broncos of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots have been unusually active in this year’s free agency period. They have signed Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Julian Edelman, and Brandon LaFell thus far, a terrific haul for Bill Belichick.

But this has depleted their cap space, and even with the added money, they are running out of dough.

There is no “one number”, but based on multiple reports, the Pats currently have about $4 million left to work with. Not horrible, but not great either. I don’t think the Pats will be going after anyone with a big contract at this point, specifically wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was recently linked to the Pats in trade rumors. But New England still has a few areas of their roster that need to be improved, so I think more moves will be made over the next couple of days.

There are also a few different ways the Patriots can do to gain more space, including cutting Adrian Wilson, and extending Devin McCourty. But the looming Vince Wilfork situation is easily the biggest decision Belichick and company have.

According to Mike Reiss, New England would save about $7.6 million by cutting Wilfork. With their current cap situation, that would be a huge help. Wilfork is scheduled to make $11.5 million in 2014, which is way too much money for the Pats to pay. It is apparent that Wilfork does not want to take a pay cut, which would lead us to believe that he will be cut. But as Adam Schefter said last week, if the market doesn’t offer Wilfork more than New England’s restructured contract, he may stay in Foxboro. Wilfork is still a terrific player, and if the Pats can retain him at a lower price, I would be all for it.

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