As a former third-round pick playing in just his second season, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had an exceptionally modest salary ($526,217) in 2013, a year that concluded with a Super Bowl win.
Wilson's low cap charge for 2013 enabled the Seahawks to fortify their roster in other spots, with an aggressive push last offseason to add two coveted pass-rushing free agents in Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.
The Seahawks' roster construction from a cap perspective got us curious on how the Patriots' resources are allocated for the 2014 season.
Below is a look at how much each position is currently scheduled to count towards the cap, keeping in mind that some players will be cut eventually and that the team has free agency and the draft still ahead of it.
Top cap charge: Tom Brady, $14,800,000
Running back/fullback: $4,036,569
Top cap charge: Shane Vereen, $1,101,275
Wide receiver: $10,984,592
Top cap charge: Danny Amendola, $4,575,000
Tight end: $13,888,384
Top cap charge: Aaron Hernandez, $7,500,000
Interior offensive line: $16,001,002
Top cap charge: Logan Mankins, $10,500,000
Offensive tackles: $9,393,231
Top cap charge: Sebastian Vollmer, $3,750,000
Defensive end: $6,112,047
Top cap charge: Rob Ninkovich, $2,600,000
Defensive tackle: $20,803,250
Top cap charge: Vince Wilfork, $11,600,000
Top cap charge: Jerod Mayo, $7,287,500
Top cap charge: Kyle Arrington, $3,625,000
Top cap charge: Devin McCourty, $5,115,000
Top cap charge: Stephen Gostkowski, $3,800,000