Patriots rank high in cash spending

The New England Patriots' cash spending for 2015 is currently at $135.5 million, according to ESPN's roster management system which tracks every contract in the NFL.

The $135.5 million figure ranks as the fourth-highest total among the league's 32 teams.

1. Buffalo Bills -- $148.0 million

2. Philadelphia Eagles -- $142.7 million

3. New York Jets -- $140.6 million

4. Patriots -- $135.5 million

5. Indianapolis Colts -- $134.2 million

ESPN has the Patriots' salary-cap space at $6.79 million at this time, with the club's $10.4 million dead-money figure on the cap a bit higher than the norm. About half of that is tied to cornerback Darrelle Revis, as the Patriots borrowed a bit on the '15 cap to bring him aboard in '14, which was a strategy that obviously worked out based on the end result. That figure ranks as the 11th highest in the NFL in terms of dead money on the cap.

As for the cap space, which is often fluid, the $6.79 million ranks as the fifth-lowest total in the NFL.