6 Patriots Cap Casualty Cuts to Save Millions This Offseason

The New England Patriots have cap space this offseason but could clear millions more with these 6 moves

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2. Davon Godchaux, DT

Pre-June 1 Savings: $8.3 Million
Pre-June 1 Dead Money: $3.5 million
Post-June 1 Savings: $8.3 Million
Post-June 1 Dead Money: $3.5 million

Another former Miami Dolphin, Davon Godchaux was taken in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A product of LSU, he developed into a powerful run-stuffer in the middle of their defensive line.

Then in 2021, Godchaux hit the open market and was one of several free-agent additions New England picked up as they attempted to get back on track following their first season without Tom Brady.

Godchaux originally signed a two-year deal and recorded 65 tackles in 2021 followed by 62 in 2022. That led to an extension, which he signed following the 22 campaign, keeping him under contract for two more seasons with a total payout of $20.8 million. More than $17 million of that was guaranteed, however, he received a large portion of this in 2023.

He also continued to clog up the middle of the line with 56 tackles this past season. While he still can perform at a high level, the Patriots might be willing to make a move. Set to be 30 during the season, Godchaux could free up $8.3 million if released. The one issue here would be the lack of an option they trust behind the veteran. New England would need another nose tackle but they could feasibly pay for a replacement with the money they save on this move.