According to Over the Cap, one of the best NFL salary cap resources on the web, the Patriots are due to gain $2.87 million in cap space as the result of Brandon Lloyd and Jonathan Fanene's contracts.
Fanene's money was expected as he never played a down for the Patriots, after hiding a medical issue from the team. He was due $1.35 million on the start of the 2013 season, but the Patriots weren't required to pay him. This cap space has carried over to 2014 and is a nice little pocket of change for the team.
When the Patriots didn't exercise the option for Lloyd in 2013, they were expected to pay $1.5 million to Lloyd in both 2013 and 2014. However, the team was able to assume the cap hit entirely in the 2013 season, granting the team some relief in 2014.
While these two numbers add up to $2.85 million, I have no issue trusting Over the Cap's resources and it's likely that there's a couple grand lost in translation. Beer money, if you will.