Identifying the worst contracts on the New England Patriots is no easy task. Thanks largely to Bill Belichick’s shrewd eye for talent and schematic fit, along with his ruthless, business-like approach to personnel decisions, players who aren’t worth their salaries don’t last long in New England. There’s always another wave of rookie talent ready to step in and play on the cheap.
The distinction between the most expensive contracts and the worst contracts is an important one. Tom Brady is the highest paid player on the team, with $33 million in guarantees and a $14.8 million 2014 salary cap hit. I doubt anybody would argue his contract isn’t worth every penny.
In fact, as the NFL’s fifth-highest-paid quarterback—behind the Manning brothers, Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees—one could argue that Brady has the best contract on the team, despite earning the most money.
The same can’t be said for some of the other so-called core players on the Patriots, but for the most part Belichick and Co. do an exceptional job avoiding contractual catastrophes.
With that in mind, here are the five Patriots currently signed to the worst contracts. Not all of these are necessarily bad deals; they’re just the worst ones New England has to offer.
All salary figures courtesy of Spotrac.com
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