Updates on Patriots’ rookie contracts
|06.15.12 at 9:56 am ET|
With the news that third-round pick Jake Bequette has agreed to a four-year deal, here are some updates on the Patriots’ rookie contract situations:
Chandler Jones: The defensive end out of Syracuse inked a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year. According to Rotoworld, it’s a four-year, $8.173 million contract with $7.42 million guaranteed and a $4.384 million signing bonus. NFLPA documents indicate that Jones will have the following base salaries over the course of the deal: $390,000 (2012), $761,522 (2013), $1.133 million (2014) and $1.504 million (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 defensive lineman out of Arkansas agreed to a four-year deal.
Nate Ebner: The defensive back/former rugby star has signed a four-year deal with base salaries of $390,000 (2012), $480,000 (2013), $570,000 (2014) and $660,000 (2015).
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.