The New York Giants made a big offseason investment in offensive tackle Will Beatty signing him for a five-year 38.8 million dollar deal. Reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this signing could have an impact on the Patriots deal with Vollmer.

The Patriots were looking to sign offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer to a multi-year deal, but they could run into some CAP trouble now that the market has been set so high. Vollmer is the top prospect in free agency this year and since Beatty just got signed to this blockbuster deal, Vollmer will most-likely be looking for the same money, if not more.

According to Bleacher Report, the Patriots had about 18.6 million in CAP space before Brady signed the extension freeing them up another 8 million. Supposing they sign Welker that will cost them roughly 8 million per year on an extended contract which makes the Brady deal a wash leaving them the original projected CAP.

Vollmer is in line to get a similar deal to Beatty, so it will cost the Patriots another 8 million to get him, bringing their CAP space to just about 10 million left for this offseason. I’ve been screaming since the Ravens beat us we need to spend all of our money in the secondary or on the defense in general and I won’t waiver from that now.

It’s a tough decision, but I think you might end up losing Vollmer due to lack of money simply because they need so much on defense. With the uncertainty of Dennard, it makes signing Talib or another free agent corner more pressing than the need at the line. The Patriots prefer to sign Talib to a one-year deal, but chances are he will get an offer for a multi-year deal making his stint with the Patriots a short lived one.

To make a long story short, I think the Patriots will let Vollmer go and focus on signing defensive players. Some team will make Vollmer a comparable deal which the Patriots likely will not match. The Patriots have all the faith in the world in offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia which will make them more likely to draft at that position than to sign a high dollar free agent in Vollmer.

Josh Brown

Joshua Brown 2/28/2013 02:22:00 PM Edit

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