Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/3/12

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the second quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A famous sports radio personality in Boston always says that "the salary cap is crap". Well, not so much - just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers and they'll tell you something different.

One may wonder why, after having $16 million in cap space on March 11th, did the Patriots have to restructure Tom Brady's contract?

Brady's restructure added $7.2 million in space, and we soon saw why this money was needed.

The Patriots took a proactive approach to free agency this year, signing their targets early in the process, racking up 15 in total. That puts their number currently at $9.9 million in cap space, ranking them 12th in terms of space.

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