Getting ahead in the money game, however, did not come without some very notable roster moves. Instead of giving into inflated values, the Patriots let veterans Nate Solder, Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Butler go.
Currently, New England has the eighth lowest dead money number in the league at $4,018,586.
DT Alan Branch: $1,000,000
LB Shea McClellin: $833,334
LB David Harris: $625,000
OT Antonio Garcia: $589,614
LB Jonathan Freeny: $433,334
QB Jacoby Brissett: $340,302
OT Conor McDermott: $101,271
For comparison, the rest of the AFC East teams all rank in the top-10 when it comes to salary cap space occupied by players no longer on the roster.
The Dolphis and Jets rank ninth and tenth with $15 million and $14.9 million, respectively; while the Buffalo Bills have the highest in the league with $46.7 million.