The New England Patriots have settled grievances involving the contracts of both Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez this week, which have created a substantial amount of cap space, according to Mike Reiss and Field Yates of ESPN. The club now has $7.79 million in available space, which is a significant jump from earlier this week where their backs were firmly up against the cap wall with less than $500k in wiggle room. 

In the case of Brown, who played just one game with New England last season before being cut due to off-field issues including sexual assault allegations that involved sending intimidating text messages to one of his accusers, the Patriots owed the receiver $9 million and, as part of the settlement, are now paying him $5 million, creating $4 million in available credit.