The latest update on the Patriots’ rookie contracts
|06.22.12 at 2:34 pm ET|
The latest information we have on each one of the Patriots’ rookie contracts, as of Friday afternoon:
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. Hightower is one of 14 first-round picks that are unsigned as of Friday afternoon, a group that includes the top eight overall picks. At No. 25, Hightower is the lowest first-round pick that hasn’t signed.
Tavon Wilson: The defensive back out of Illinois was the first Patriots’ draftee 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, taken with the 90th overall pick, inked a four-year, $2.654 million contract. Bequette has base salaries of $390,000 (2012), $480,000 (2013), $570,000 (2014) and $660,000 (2015), per NFLPA documents. Per a league source, he got a $539,800 signing bonus. And according to Wilson, Bequette received annual workout bonuses of $5,000 over the last three years of the deal.
Nate Ebner: The defensive back/former rugby star has signed a four-year deal that includes base salaries of $390,000 (2012), $480,000 (2013), $570,000 (2104) and $660,000 (2015), per NFLPA documents. In addition, a league source indicates that Ebner received a $96,600 signing bonus.
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 over the course of the deal.
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.) He also has the same base salaries of Bequette, Ebner and Dennard: $390,000 (2012), $480,000 (2013), $570,000 (2014) and $660,000 (2015).