New England Patriots' Salary Cap Scenario Heading into 2013

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New England Patriots' Salary Cap Scenario Heading into 2013
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

With key players like Wes Welker and Sebastian Vollmer set to hit free agency in 2013, the New England Patriots potentially have some big decisions to make this offseason.

According to Spotrac.com, the Patriots 2012 cap hit is at $106,632,966, which takes into account $94,491,221 of active contracts (base salaries and bonuses), $18,801,745 in dead money and $6,660,000 in cap rollover. With this year's salary cap at $120.6 million, this means the Patriots should carry over about $14 million in cap space next year.

NYJetscap.com, which projects future cap hits for all AFC east teams, projects the Patriots coming in at about $100 million against the cap in 2013. Considering the projected 2013 salary cap of $120.9 (per ESPN) and the possible $14 million the Pats can carry over into 2013, the Patriots should sit pretty comfortably at about $35 million under the cap.

The Pats should have the cap space to keep their team among the most talented in the NFL in 2013.

Let’s fast forward to the 2013 offseason and look at some of the most important free agents that the Patriots will need to consider re-signing.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all contract information is from Spotrac.com.

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