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, but an early projection sent out from the league to its 32 clubs shows that they can expect another big increase. According to the memo, next year’s cap is projected to grow to somewhere between $187.0 million and $191.1 million — however, a larger number than that would also not be a surprise considering how those projections worked in the past.For the New England Patriots this means that they will have some wiggle room but as things stand right now still come relatively close to the cap for the second straight year. Accordingto the Boston Sports Journals’ Miguel Benzan, the team currently has cap commitments of $172.1 million for next season — a number that does obviously not include the 21 players who are currently scheduled to hit free agency next season.This list of players includes plenty of depth options but also some core contributors on this year’s team:The two players on the list who are projected to generate the most interest in case they hit the open market are starting left tackle Trent Brown and defensive edge Trey Flowers — two players at high-value positions that are playing at a Pro Bowl-worthy level at the moment. Other players on the list are also currently important contributors on the 2018 Patriots, however John Hannah Color Rush Jersey
, from wide receivers Josh Gordon and Chris Hogan to cornerback Jason McCourty and the two kickers.In order to keep them all and fit them under the cap, the Patriots will likely do some restructuring, cutting, and extending next year. The players that first come to mind are quarterback Tom Brady ($27.0 million salary cap hit; extension), tight ends Rob Gronkowski ($11.9 million; restructure/retirement candidate) and Dwayne Allen ($7.3 million; release candidate) Tedy Bruschi Jersey
, and safety Devin McCourty ($13.4 million; restructure/extension candidate).By altering those contracts one way or another, the Patriots could create plenty of cap room to add to their current projection. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Patriots fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.Fans of the New England Patriots are feeling pretty good about their team as 79% are confident in the direction of the franchise Rob Gronkowski Color Rush Jersey
, up from 59% when the Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans. Patriots fans are more critical than fanbases of other teams- and clearly have higher expectations- with seven other fanbases more confident in their teams, including the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.Patriots fans also expect to defeat the Miami Dolphins in week 14 by an average of 8 points. Dolphins fans agree that New England should win, but by a lesser margin of 3 points. Average the two together and the Patriots project to win in Miami by an average of 5.5 points.Do you think the Patriots will win by more than 5.5 points? Fewer? Will they continue their struggles in Miami and lose? Let us know in the comments!