New England reportedly will have about $60 million in cap room. Among their key players who can hit free agency in March is linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who made one of the biggest plays in the Super Bowl with his fourth-quarter strip sack of Matt Ryan. He likely will be a priority for Belichick, as will top corner Malcolm Butler, who will be a restricted free agent.
A long-term deal for Butler may cause the departure of their other fine starting corner, Logan Ryan. But if he leaves, current nickel corner Eric Rowe (a second-round pick in 2015) likely will step in to that starting spot. Other key free agents-to-be include starters LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch and Chris Long, but the Patriots should have the funds to bring them back if they so desire.
Can Tom Brady predict the future? This might make you a believer.
Last October, the Patriots quarterback starred in a commercial for Shields MRI, where he showed off his four Super Bowl rings.
Brady also filmed an alternate version of the commercial, where he pulled out his “kind of new” fifth Super Bowl ring.
The Cowboys are expected to trade or release Romo in order to free themselves from his contract and pick up $5.1 million in salary cap savings this year. With Prescott coming cheap for two more years under his rookie deal, Dallas can use its Romo savings to fortify its defense and keep its dominant offensive line intact.
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I would not be inspired to trade for a player of Romo’s age and injury history with a $14 million base salary in the coming season. I wouldn’t sign him as a free agent, either. It’s a recipe for a major mistake that can cost a GM his job.