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Breaking Down Patriots' 2013 Salary Cap: Where Is Money Best Spent?
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The New England Patriots are not only dominant on the field but also with their salary cap management. According to John Clayton, the Patriots will carry over $5.6 million in space from 2012 and have a total of $18.6 million in cap space for the 2013 season.

Only seven teams will have more space than New England, which is a testament to the kind of value they've been able to get out of the contracts they've given out, which includes recent lucrative extensions given to Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Even with Tom Brady set to have a $20.8 million cap hit in the new year, the Pats will still have some breathing room to sign some free agents and perhaps extend some of their own players.

Let's break down how the money would be best spent.

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