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A pre-camp look at the status of the Patriots’ rookie contracts

07.17.12 at 12:16 pm ET

Dont'a Hightower is the only member of New England's draft class who hasn't signed his rookie deal. (AP)

We’ve run some of this info a few times over the last couple of months, but it’s always worth revisiting, especially with camp looming (rookies are scheduled to report to Gillette Stadium on Thursday). Here’s another look at the status of the Patriots’ rookies and their contracts:

First round
 — Chandler Jones: The defensive end out of Syracuse inked a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year. Per Rotoworld, the entire deal is for $8.173 million, with $7.42 million guaranteed. (That includes a $4.384 million signing bonus.) Per NFLPA documents, his base salaries for the duration of the contract are as follows: $390,000 (2012), $761,522 (2013), $1.133 million (2014), $1.504 million (2015).

Dont’a Hightower: The only unsigned member of New England’s rookie class. 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 who remain unsigned, a group that includes the top eight picks. (Per ESPN Boston, the deal is being held up because of fourth-year guarantees.)

Second round
 — 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 Wilson reports that the first two years of the deal have base sslaries of $390,000 and $581,722, and are fully guaranteed, while the last two years (at $773,444 and $965,166), aren’t fully guaranteed.

Third round — 
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.

Sixth round — 
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 Ebner received a $96,600 signing bonus.

Seventh round
 — 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).

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