Patriots rumor: 5 veterans likely to be cut to create $19 million in cap space
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Rumor: Patriots will likely cut 5 veterans to create $19 million in cap space

Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots usually operate differently than any other team in the league, but there is one thing they do just like everyone else. When they need some cap relief or just space, they cut veteran players, and this offseason, there is a strong chance they could cut five specific employees resulting in $19 million in savings under the cap.

Why these guys? Well, when you don’t perform, Bill Belichick doesn’t keep you around.

According to a recent post by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, releasing Dwayne Allen, Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch, Kenny Britt and David Harris would save the Patriots a cool $19 million. From what he wrote, it appears that one AFC executive agrees with him:

“The guys they brought in last year are gone,” said one AFC exec, “and Bill (Belichick) will go bargain hunting again.”

The Patriots will also need to work on an extension for Trey Flowers. With Dion Lewis (and possibly Rex Burkhead) expected to leave via free agency, they may want to be on the lookout for a running back bargain. Mike Gillislee may want out as well after only seeing action in nine games last season.

They might have only James White in the backfield once free agency starts.

It’s crucial Belichick starts the cuts as soon as possible as they’ll need to create a lot of cap space. They should have about $13.3 million. So, if they want to sign Flowers and maybe get some help for the defense, they will need cap space.