Patriots roster by cap charge

Part of the process for the Patriots leading into free agency is not only assessing their needs, but also their resources. A staple of the Patriots' success over the past dozen or so years has been managing the salary cap so as to not face situations of purging talent and gutting their roster.

With that in mind, we wanted to take a look at the current salary-cap numbers for each player currently on the Patriots roster for the 2013 season, starting at the top with quarterback Tom Brady.

(A player's salary cap charge is not the same as his salary. For example, Brady's base salary for 2013 is $9,750,000, while his cap charge is $21,500,000. The cap charge is determined by a player's base salary plus a prorated amount of his signing bonus -- if applicable -- plus other bonuses earned, i.e. a roster or workout bonus).

QB Tom Brady: $21,800,000

DLVince Wilfork: $10,600,000

G Logan Mankins: $10,000,000

LB Jerod Mayo: $5,600,000

WR Brandon Lloyd: $4,500,000

TE Aaron Hernandez: $4,073,000

K Stephen Gostkowski: $3,400,000

C/G Dan Connolly: $3,333,333

DE Rob Ninkovich: $3,066,668

TE Rob Gronkowski: $2,750,000

S Steve Gregory: $2,558,333

OT Nate Solder: $2,329,225

WR Matthew Slater: $2,266,666

G Brian Waters: $2,225,000

DE Chandler Jones: $1,857,613

DB Devin McCourty: $1,845,000

LB Dont'a Hightower: $1,755,455

TE Daniel Fells: $1,583,333

CB Ras-I Dowling: $1,446,572

P Zoltan Mesko: $1,369,814

DT Kyle Love: $1,100,000

C Ryan Wendell: $1,015,000

DE Jermaine Cunningham: $960,000

S Tavon Wilson: $958,613

RB Shane Vereen: $943,950

FB Spencer Larsen: $875,000

LB Brandon Spikes: $870,000

RB Stevan Ridley: $805,500

QB Ryan Mallett: $803,953

C/G Nick McDonald: 656,668

DL Brandon Deaderick: $640,075

OL Marcus Cannon: $637,687

DE Marcus Benard: $630,000

DL Myron Pryor: $630,000

LB Dane Fletcher: $620,000

DE Jake Bequette: $619,950

QB Mike Kafka: $555,000

TE Jake Ballard: $555,000

WR Andre Holmes: $555,000

LB Jeff Tarpinian: $555,000

LS Danny Aiken: $555,000

S Nate Ebner: $504,150

CB Alfonzo Dennard: $494,462

LB Mike Rivera: $490,000

RB Brandon Bolden: $485,000

OL Markus Zusevics: $484,333

DE Justin Francis: $482,333

FB James Develin: $480,000

DL Marcus Forston: $480,000

WR Kamar Aiken: $480,000

DB Malcolm Williams: $480,000

RB Jeff Demps: $408,666

OL Kyle Hix: $408,000

TE Brad Herman: $405,833

DL Armond Armstead: $405,000

WR Jeremy Ebert: $405,000

DL Tracy Roberston: $405,000

Total: $111,299,185

(Contract information for defensive end Jason Vega not yet available).

These numbers are flexible, as a player could restructure his deal and create additional space, as Brady has done in the past. Using their play during the 2012 season, 2013 cap charge, and the perceived market value for each position, there isn't a player on the roster who would be an obvious cap casualty, as is the case on many other rosters around the league.

If they were to repeat their performances from 2012 in 2013, running back Stevan Ridley, linebacker Brandon Spikes, and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard would each qualify as major discounts amongst the players with salary cap charges under $1 million.

The NFL's projected salary cap for 2013 is roughly $121 million, while the Patriots have an additional $5.6 million that rolled over from last season, meaning their cap rises to $126.6 million next season.

For now, the above reflects where things stand.