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Patriots release WR Amara Darboh days after claiming him

Patriots release WR Amara Darboh days after claiming him

It was a short Patriots career for wide receiver Amara Darboh, claimed by New England off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Darboh lasted just two days in Foxboro before getting released by the Pats with a failed physical designation. The NFL Network's Mike Garofalo reported that Darboh was having surgery Tuesday, a report the wideout later confirmed with his own tweet.

Darboh's release leaves four true wide receivers on the Patriots roster: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and Chad Hansen, who was just picked up from the Jets this weekend. Special teams specialist Matthew Slater is also technically a wide receiver, but he has a grand total of one catch in his NFL career.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the regular season - which begins Sunday against the Houston Texans in Foxboro - after Edelman tested positive for PEDs.

To fill Darboh's spot on the 53-man roster, the Patriots re-signed offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, who had been released by the team on Saturday.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots do James White, Lawrence Guy a "solid" with bonuses

NFL Rumors: Patriots do James White, Lawrence Guy a "solid" with bonuses

Sure, the New England Patriots can be frugal at times. But they also reward players who prove their worth.

Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy and running back James White both fall into that category, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, who shared Wednesday morning that the Patriots gave both players raises for 2019 after they narrowly missed out on 2018 contract incentives.

As ESPN's Mike Reiss explains, Guy would have earned an extra $400,000 last season for playing in 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps but fell just short at 49.6 percent. So, New England gave him that incentive anyway by tacking it onto his 2019 earnings as a bonus, bumping Guy's cap hit up to $4.4 million.

White, meanwhile, had a $250,000 incentive for 2018 for playing in 60 percent of the Patriots' snaps and tallying 1,200 yards from scrimmage. After he just missed both targets, the Patriots gave him a "make-up" bonus, as well.

Guy's and White's bonuses are nice gestures for two of the Patriots' more reliable contributors. They also are a form of thanks: As NESN.com's Doug Kyed points out, Guy and White hitting their incentives last season would have added an extra $650,000 to the Patriots' 2018 salary cap number, which would have subtracted from the amount they could carry over into 2019.

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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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