Report: Knighton carries $2 million cap charge for Patriots


Report: Knighton carries $2 million cap charge for Patriots

The details of Terrance Knighton's contract with the Patriots have come under the microscope, and it appears as though the team got their new defensive tackle at a price that makes sense. 

Knighton's base salary for 2016 checks in at $900,000, and according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, he'll also receive a signing bonus worth $250,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000. If Knighton is active for all 16 regular-season games, he'll receive an additional $500,000. 

That $1.75 million total can get another bump as Knighton has $300,000 in incentives written into his deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Knighton could earn up to $4.55 million if he hits the "not likely to be earned" incentives in his deal. Per Rapoport, Knighton has a $2 million playing-time incentive and a $500,000 Pro Bowl incentive. 

Knighton's cap hit for his one-year deal comes in at a reasonable $2.018 million.

Former Patriots defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, 26, signed with the Bears for two years and $10 million, and Knighton's deal indicates that the Patriots were OK with a more cost-effective option up front. 

While Knighton's deal won't guarantee him the dollar figure -- $4.5 million -- that was originally reported as his contract value, he may feel as though he has a good opportunity to hit his NLTBE incentives with the talent around him in New England. He's reportedly cut down on his weight this offseason, and if he can avoid the cluster headaches that plagued him in 2015, perhaps the soon-to-be 30-year-old believes he's in line for a resurgent season.

Knighton will figure into the mix on the interior of the Patriots defensive line along with Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Dominique Easley, Chris Jones, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano.

Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots reportedly have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal confirmed Patterson is in fact on his way to New England.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...


Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.