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Demaryius Thomas' reported contract incentives add context to Patriots' move

Demaryius Thomas' reported contract incentives add context to Patriots' move

The New England Patriots signed a five-time Pro Bowler on Tuesday. But they're not exactly paying him five-time Pro Bowler money.

Demaryius Thomas' one-year contract with the Patriots features a base salary of just over $1 million with a minimal $150,000 signing bonus, ESPN's Field Yates reported Wednesday morning.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Thomas' contract could be worth up to $6 million, which suggests his deal is heavily laden with incentives. Apparently that's the case, as The MMQB's Albert Breer laid out Wednesday.

It's essentially a "prove it" deal for Thomas, who caught a total of 59 passes for 677 yards last season in 15 games between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. The 31-year-old also tore his Achilles in late December, putting his status for the Patriots' season opener in doubt and making his quest to hit these incentives even more challenging.

For perspective, Thomas' reported $1.2 million base salary is lower than that of Phillip Dorsett and nearly half the $2.05 million Josh Gordon would earn if he returns from suspension. Thomas' reported $2,906,250 cap hit puts him just ahead of special teamer Matthew Slater and behind running back Rex Burkhead on the Patriots' salary cap table.

In short, the Patriots didn't break the bank to sign Thomas, signing him on a low-risk deal that will benefit both sides if it pans out.

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WATCH: First look at Patriots OTA's and new linebackers coach Jerod Mayo

WATCH: First look at Patriots OTA's and new linebackers coach Jerod Mayo

Monday marked the first day of Patriots OTA's, and the team's Twitter account posted a first look at players going through some drills along with new linebackers coach Jerod Mayo getting his first taste of NFL coaching experience. 

Mayo was brought on to Bill Belichick's staff in March after the position was vacated by now Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Mayo spent all eight seasons of his playing career as a linebacker for the Patriots, earning two Pro-Bowl selections, a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2010 and the 2008 Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

He was also a member of the Super Bowl 49-winning Patriots, who defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks thanks to an interception by Malcolm Butler in the closing moments of the game.

Mayo and the Patriots defense have a lot to live up to after a dominant performance against the Rams in Super Bowl 53. They will use the time in OTA's to get acclimated before mandatory minicamp starts on June 4. 

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Patriots re-sign DT Danny Shelton, release center Jake Eldrenkamp

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Patriots re-sign DT Danny Shelton, release center Jake Eldrenkamp

The New England Patriots have bolstered their front seven by re-signing veteran defensive lineman Danny Shelton, the team announced Monday.

He reacted to his Patriots return with the following tweet:

Financial details of Shelton's contract were not revealed by the team. The Pats also released center Jake Eldrenkamp to make room for Shelton on the roster.

Shelton tallied 21 total tackles with one QB hit and one tackle for a loss in 13 games (one start) for the Patriots in 2018. He played in two playoff games, including New England's 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

It was his first season with the Patriots after spending the first three years of his NFL career on the Cleveland Browns. The 25-year-old defensive tackle is listed at 6-foot-2 and 345 pounds.

Here's how Shelton's return impacts the Patriots' defensive tackle depth chart.

Lawrence Guy
Mike Pennel
Adam Butler
Frank Herron
Ufomba Kamalu
David Parry
Byron Cowart
Danny Shelton

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