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Sounding an optimistic note on Spikes’ situation

07.25.10 at 11:47 am ET

Just got off the phone with the agent for the only non-first rounder that has yet to officially agree to a deal with the Patriots, and Terry Watson certainly sounds optimistic that New England and second-round pick Brandon Spikes will settle on a deal sooner rather than later.

“Regarding the Spikes negotiation, I have put together a contract offer to them that meets past precedent and custom,” said Watson. “I am hopeful they accept it.”

If we do want to look at past precedent and custom for Spikes, the linebacker out of Florida ‘€” who was taken 62nd overall ‘€” should expect a contract just shy of what 61st overall selection Vladimir Ducasse signed with the Jets earlier this month, a four-year deal worth $3.225 million with $1.435 million in guaranteed money. (With help from a fellow Tweeter, we wrote here that a four-year deal worth $3.189 million sounds about right for Spikes.)

With the news that fellow second-rounders Rob Gronkowski and Jermaine Cunningham have agreed to terms, Spikes and first-round pick Devin McCourty are the only two (of the dozen) members of the 2010 draft class who have yet to agree to a contract. The rookie portion of training camp is set to begin Sunday, while veterans report for their first practice on Thursday.

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