The New England Patriots now have a huge portion of cap space. ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported that the Patriots have settled grievances with troubled wideout Antonio Brown and late tight end Aaron Hernandez. This will give the team more cap space, and head coach Bill Belichick will have a chance to pull out a few more moves.
Brown’s settlement gave $4 million to the organization. Hernandez’s settlement gave $2.55 million to the team as confirmed by the report. The team’s current cap space sits at $7.79 million.
Antonio Brown won’t be around to help the team win games
This is more than great news for the Patriots. Yates noted that the team was down to less than $500,000 in cap space. This settlement will give the Patriots increased flexibility for “in-season roster management.” This change may be of utmost importance for the Patriots following the departure of veteran quarterback Tom Brady this offseason.
New England will kick off the regular-season slate Sept. 14. The Miami Dolphins are the first on their list. According to earlier reports, the Patriots will have a really tough schedule in 2020 and starting off a season with the Dolphins is never good.
But coach Belichick is an optimist about the situation in New England. They have a great group of talented players, and the Patriots hope for a good season. Brady may be out, but the Patriots have Cam Newton on the roster. Newton signed with the team earlier this week and he will get a one-year deal worth $7.5 million. Of course, he will have to lead the team to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots are more than confident about their season and they have a few veteran leaders to lead the team to the big game. Belichick will probably make a few more moves and maybe he will get another tight end or wideout.
The Patriots offense struggled in 2019, and Brady wasn’t pleased with the outcome. He lacked weapons, and everything points to the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have everything he needs. Well, Belichick has everything he needs, too. Josh McDaniels will work with a different winning formula this time.