Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 2/14/13
According to ESPN's John Clayton (and then written about by Mike Reiss), the Patriots were 8th in the league with regards to teams' payroll for the 2012 season. Also, Clayton was wise to point out that out of the 7 teams with higher payrolls than the Pats, NONE of them made it to the playoffs. He then passionately wrote of how a high payroll doesn't necessarily guarantee playoff-level results. Here's a piece: "Spending might work in baseball, but it doesn't guarantee anything in football because of the salary cap," Clayton writes. "Going crazy in free agency ... doesn't translate into success."  Mike Reiss then analyzed some of Clayton's results for the Patriots. According to them, the Patriots' team salary was $138.3 million, placing them 8th in the league. However, the Patriots were among league leaders in "dead money" with $7.3 according to Reiss and Clayton. Reiss defines this term as money that's devoted to players that were not on the team's roster as they were projected; his...
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