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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Adjusting Patriots' salary-cap space

By Mike Reiss

When it comes to the all-important salary-cap management that is a big part of building a team, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter delivered some welcome news for clubs this morning.

Schefter reported that the salary cap is expected to rise about 5 percent from $123 million to about $130 million. This is higher that previous estimations which pegged the 2014 salary cap in the $123-128 million range.

In a year when the Patriots are tighter to the salary cap than they prefer, but still in position to take care of business, this is a positive development.

With the Patriots carrying more than $4.1 million in cap space, their adjusted cap for this season would be about $134.1 million.

The Patriots have about $126.5 million committed to their 2014 salary cap. With a few expected roster moves, they can easily create more space (e.g. defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga is highly unlikely to return with a $3.5 million base salary).