An update on the status of the Patriots’ rookie contracts
|06.05.12 at 12:18 pm ET|
Here’s our latest update on the contract status of the Patriots’ rookies. There’s no new updates on Dont’a Hightower and Jake Bequette, both of who remain unsigned, but we do have some updated contract info on those who have signed.
Chandler Jones: The defensive end out of Syracuse inked a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year. However, there’s one wrinkle in the contract, per Pro Football Talk: Jones, who was picked 21st overall, doesn’t have the same deal that last year’s No. 21 got (Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor) in that there’s no fourth-year roster bonus of $750,000. It’s an interesting part of the contract, one that could come into play in 2015.
Dont’a Hightower: Unsigned. The Alabama linebacker, taken with the 25th overall pick, is represented by Pat Dye, Jr., of SportsTrust Advisors. Around Foxboro, Dye is best known as the guy who took over representation for former first-round pick Ben Watson when talks over a rookie deal between the team and Watson’s old agent Tom Condon went south.
Tavon Wilson: The defensive back out of Illinois was the first to sign, agreeing to a four-year, $4.217 million contract that includes a $1.507 million signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. Wilson reports that the first two years of the deal, $390,000 and $581,722, are fully guaranteed, while the last two years, $773,444 and $965,166, aren’t fully guaranteed.
Jake Bequette: The second of the two unsigned picks. The defensive lineman out of Arkansas is represented by Athletes First, a group that had 13 clients taken in the NFL draft, including four in the first round. Athletes First is an extremely well-known agency around New England, as they represent several current Patriots, including Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Nate Solder, Shane Vereen, Zoltan Mesko, Ryan Mallett and Brian Waters.
Nate Ebner: The defensive back/former rugby star has signed a four-year deal. Ebner appeared to be limited at rookie minicamp, but was back on the field for the latest OTA session that was open to the media last week.
Alfonzo Dennard: Dennard signed a four-year, $2.157 million contract that includes $57,848 signing bonus, according to a league source. The former Nebraska cornerback will have base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.
Jeremy Ebert: The wide receiver out of Northwestern signed a four-year contract worth a total of $2.148 million, according to Wilson. (Ebert’s deal includes a $48,200 signing bonus.) Ebert was at rookie minicamp, but had to return to Northwestern until June to finish his degree, and he won’t be able to rejoin the Patriots until his senior class graduates.