The New England Patriots re-signed Sebastian Vollmer to a four-year deal on Sunday, and it was a deal that featured plenty of roster bonuses and other escalators that would give Vollmer an elite pay day for being an elite right tackle when (if) healthy. It was a stroke of genius from the Pats, and a win-win for both sides that ensures long-term security for Vollmer after a lukewarm free agent period.
Speaking of injuries, Vollmer had a scope done on his knee last month, but he told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe that he feels “really good” right now. “You kind of deal with injuries the way they come and you do what’s necessary for you to play with treatment and rehab and whatever else goes with it,” Vollmer said. “Again, I feel really good now and I’m really looking forward to this upcoming season.”
A few days ago, Vollmer expressed his happiness with returning to the Patriots, and it never seemed like he had intentions of leaving the Pats- he truly loves this organization. In fact, some have speculated that the reason why Vollmer didn’t receive more interest on the free agent market is because teams were afraid that he wouldn’t sign with them and only had eyes set on New England.
The Patriots have retained their offseason priority for four years, and it is great to hear that the star right tackle is feeling much better following the scope. Let’s hope he can stay healthy next season, because he is the league’s best RT when healthy.
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