On Thanksgiving, the Patriots wrapped up a little piece of business that hasn’t gotten as much press as it probably should have. That’s slightly understandable with the big game that occurred that day with the Lions, but it is, I feel, a significant piece of business. The Patriots extended Danny Woodhead’s contract through 2012. The diminutive running back has become a cult hero in New England and has been a big-play contributor to an offense that had to re-invent itself after the trade of Randy Moss. Woodhead has consistently made plays for the team, and in big spots as well. Arguably his biggest play of the year thus far has been his 36-yard touchdown run against the Indianapolis Colts. Woodhead has established himself as truly a Patriots-type player. He does whatever the team asks him to do, overachieves, was largely ignored by other teams, and contributes in multiple spots. After his 36-yard run in the Colts game, he came back and made the tackle on the ensuing kick-off. That is a Patriots-type player.
Woodhead’s contract includes a $425,000 signing bonus to go with his 2010 salary of $395,000. He will make $550,000 in 2011 and $700,000 in 2012. He has the possibility of upping those figures, with play-time bonuses of $575,000 in 2011 and $600,000 in 2012.