Yesterday, the Patriots signed former New York Jets defensive lineman Shaun Ellis to a one-year deal. Ellis has been a royal pain-in-the-butt to the Patriots, but now joins the team he tormented twice (sometimes three) times a season. The Jets and the Patriots both offered Ellis one-year deals, but Ellis chose New England, so it stood to reason that the Pats offered him more money. How much more? John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) tweeted the numbers earlier, and it’s a doozey:
It’s easy to see why Shaun Ellis went to NE. Jets offered him $910,000 on a one-year. Patriots offered him $4 million and $1 M incentives.
So the Pats more than quadrupled the money that the Jets were throwing at Shaun Ellis. You’ve got to believe that Ellis figures strongly into the Patriots’ plans on the defensive line. He provides the team with a solid run-stuffing defensive end in a 4-3 who can also rush the passer, an inside pass rusher in the 4-3, or a defensive end in a 3-4 should the Pats decide to go with that look on occasion as well.