Tommy Kelly’s deal was just structured and signed by both parties, here is the information:
It's a two-year deal with five million maximum value and one million of that five million is guaranteed. In 2013, his cap hit will be two million and in 2014 his cap hit will be three million. If Kelly shows up to all the workouts and stays healthy he will be walking away with five million from the Patriots.
Five million is a significant number because it shows that the Patriots still feel he’s got some gas left in the tank. Tommy Kelly has been in the league for nine years, but his play has remained consistent. In the last five seasons, Kelly has started in every game for the Oakland Raiders so all of his money is easily achieved in this deal.
The most recent update of the Patriots available cap space was 10 million and since Kelly will take two million away from that it will now leave eight (you like that math?). This signing does a few things, it adds depth at a thin position ...