The cap figures for the 19 New England Patriots undrafted free agent signings were announced, and the Boston Herald released the signing bonuses of the seven undrafted free agents who, you know, received signing bonuses. The two players who received the most amount of money were Missouri Tigers stars T.J. Moe and Elvis Fisher, respectively, and that doesn’t come as much surprise to me.
Moe received an $8,000 signing bonus to lead the way, and it is obvious as to why Moe got the most cash upfront. He had a terrific college career, and he really should have been drafted- long speed concerns be damned. Moe has all the tools to be a good slot receiver at the pro level, as he is quick in short areas, runs good routes, and he has reliable hands. His intangibles are also off-the-charts, and there is a reason why he is one of the most popular athletes in the state of Missouri. Moe’s press conference to kick off rookie minicamps yesterday was absolutely terrific, and he even turned down the Wes Welker comparisons and instead stated that he is focused on making the team.
The other Missouri product, Elvis Fisher, is an interesting case, and I’m sure he would have been drafted had he not suffered severe injuries in college. Before the injures set in, Fisher was one of the best offensive tackles in the nation, and the $7,500 signing bonus is worth the risk. If Fisher finds his footing again given time, then he could end up being a true steal for the Patriots. This is another prospect to keep an eye on.
Safety Kanorris Davis received a $5,000 signing bonus from the New England Patriots, Rutgers cornerback Brandon Jones nabbed $3,500, promising wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins landed a $2,500 signing bonus, DL Dewayne Cherrington will get $2,000, and long snapper Mike Zupancic will also net $2,000 as a signing bonus.
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