Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

The New England Patriots haven't exactly broken the bank for wide receivers in 2019 free agency.

The Patriots made their one-year contract with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett official Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Field Yates shared the numbers of that contract, via a source.

Dorsett's $1.5 million base salary is a slight uptick from the $1.1 million he made in 2018 on the final year of his rookie deal. This contract includes a $500,000 roster bonus ($400,000 more than his 2018 roster bonus) and more incentives, but it's still a relatively good deal for the Patriots, who retain a 26-year-old receiver with upside and knowledge of the offense.

Dorsett played well in spurts last season, catching 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in his first full year with New England. He may be asked to take on a bigger role in 2019, as Julian Edelman is the only other wide receiver on the current roster who played significant snaps for the Patriots last season.

The Patriots also signed free-agent wideouts Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris to low-cost, one-year deals -- $895,000 and $1 million, respectively -- as their current strategy appears to be acquiring several ponies instead of one or two horses.

That strategy obviously could change if the Patriots target another receiver via trade or free agency, but for now, they're keeping the budget tight.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.