Sebastian Vollmer happy to be back with Patriots
|07.31.13 at 10:13 am ET|
FOXBORO — Four months after he re-signed as a free agent with the Patriots, Sebastian Vollmer sounds like a man with no regrets.
“This is the club where I started, so it’s great to continue here and come back to training camp — doing it for the fifth time now,” he said with a smile. “It’s a great feeling.”
This offseason, after a brief stretch as a free agent, the Big German signed a four-year contract to return to the Patriots, a contract worth $8.25 million in guarantees, with a base value of $17 million through 2016. There are also reportedly $9 million in playing-time incentives and bonuses, and a $1 million bonus for making the Pro Bowl. All told, the deal maxes out at a potential $27 million.
When the 29-year-old Vollmer has been healthy, the 6-foot-8, 320-pounder has managed to carve out an impressive resume, one that includes a second-team All-Pro nod in 2010, as well as an overall grade of +28.2 from the folks at Pro Football Focus for his work this past season.
Vollmer, who was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, is part of an offensive line that has managed to build some pretty good continuity. The combination of Vollmer (right tackle), Dan Connolly (right guard), Ryan Wendell (center), Logan Mankins (left guard) and Nate Solder (left tackle) made 11 starts together last year.
And despite the fact that Marcus Cannon has challenged Connolly for the starting spot at right guard this summer, that level of consistency in personnel is a positive when you’re talking about offensive line play.
“I personally like it,” Vollmer said when asked about the continuity. “You kind of get to know the guy next to you. You know who he is. Everyone does it a little bit different. Obviously you work on the same thing and it’s all supposed to look the same. You just kind of get to know the guy and develop that trust and know what he will do in whatever situation. That’s what we’re doing right now.”
At the same time, camp is the time for some experimentation. To that point, Vollmer has occasionally been subbed out in favor of Will Svitek and Kevin Haslam. To Vollmer, it’s no big deal.
“I think that’s the point of training camp — try and practice next to different guys,” he said. “Work on your chemistry and try and see things the right way and work as a team and the five guys up there. I think it’s a process. But again, that’s why we’re out here.”
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