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Examining relationship between Patriots, Athletes First

03.19.13 at 11:03 am ET

In the wake of the back-and-forth going on between the Patriots and agent David Dunn and Brian Murphy of the agency Athletes First, it’s worth examining the relationship between the agency and the franchise. With the departure of Wes Welker, currently, New England has six players on their roster who are repped by Dunn and Murphy. Here’s a look at the deals that have been done between the two sides, all fairly team-friendly deals that have been done relatively quickly.

Defensive end Jake Bequette: The third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Bequette signed a four-year, $2.656 million contract as a rookie. (That deal included a $539,800 signing bonus.) He also has the following base salaries — 2013: $480,000, 2014: $570,000, 2015: $660,000. In addition, Bequette is eligible for annual $5,000 workout bonuses throughout the life of the contract.

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard: The seventh-round pick out of Nebraska inked a four-year, $2.157 million contract last year as a rookie. The deal included a $57,848 signing bonus. He has the following base salaries for the upcoming seasons — 2013: $480,000, 2014: $570,000, 2015: $660,000.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez: The crown jewel in the relationship between the Patriots and the agency, this deal represents a great contract for both sides — Hernandez landed a colossal payday before his 23rd birthday, and the team was able to secure one of its’ young stars on a relatively reasonable deal. Last August, the two sides agreed on a seven-year, $41.115 million contract for Hernandez, a deal that included $16.4 million guaranteed, including a $12.5 million signing bonus. Hernandez had the following base salaries for the remainder of the contract — 2013: $1.323 million, 2014: $1.2 million, 2015: $2.3 million, 2016: $5 million, 2017-2018: $6 million. In addition, an annual $500,000 roster bonus is due in years four through seven, and an annual $500,000 workout bonus is available in years three through seven.

Punter Zoltan Mesko: The 2010 draftee signed a four-year, $1,977,250 contract that has a$187,250 signing bonus. In 2013, the punter is slated to make $1.323 million.

Tackle Nate Solder: The first-round pick in 2011 signed a four-year deal as a rookie that is worth $8,540,492. Per Rotoworld, the deal is fully guaranteed and includes a $4,711,268 signing bonus. He has base salaries of $1,151,408 (2013) and $769,806 (2014, which includes a $769,806 roster bonus).

Running back Shane Vereen: The 2011 draftee out of Cal signed a four-year, $3,461,150 contract with the Patriots as a rookie, which included a $1,017,200 signing bonus. In 2013, he has a base salary of $589,650, and in 2014, that bumps up to $746,975. (A $100,000 workout bonus is available in years three and four.)

(Some of the contract information listed here is courtesy of Rotoworld.)

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