Up Close Look At Rookie Free Agent Deals

May 3, 2013; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots rookie Zach Sudfeld of the University of Nevada performs a drill during rookie minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

First, before we start of I want to say that this information is provided by Field Yates of ESPN.com who did a great job of breaking down each UDFA deal. This gives an update on which, UDFA has been are guaranteed the most money. There is one person on the top of the list that we shouldn’t be surprised about and that’s T.J. Moe, who’s guaranteed $30,000 with a signing bonus $8,000. The collective bargaining agreement dictates that all contracts signed by rookie free-agents are with three years in length with a minimum value of $1.44 million over the life of the contract.

Not all rookie free agent contracts are the same, as teams can guarantee differing amounts of money to each player upon signing them.

T.J. Moe was given the most money at $30,000 which is based on the fact that he was one of the better players available that didn’t get drafted. Quentin Hines was guaranteed the lowest amount at $1,000 and was released earlier on today.

Wide receiver T.J. Moe
Signing bonus: $8,000
Base salary guarantee: $22,000
Total guarantee: $30,000

Tight end Zach Sudfeld
Signing bonus: $12,000
Base salary guarantee: $5,000
Total guarantee: $17,000

Offensive lineman Elvis Fisher
Signing bonus: $7,500
Base salary guarantee: $7,500
Total guarantee: $15,000

Offensive lineman Josh Kline
Signing bonus: $4,000
Base salary guarantee: $10,000
Total guarantee: $14,000

Fullback Ben Bartholomew
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $10,000

Safety Kanorris Davis
Signing bonus: $5,000
Base salary guarantee: $5,000
Total guarantee: $10,000

Defensive lineman Cory Grissom
Signing bonus: $4,000
Base salary guarantee: $4,000
Total guarantee: $8,000

Offensive lineman Chris McDonald
Signing bonus: $5,000
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $5,000

Offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch
Signing bonus: $2,500
Base salary guarantee: $2,500
Total guarantee: $5,000

Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins
Signing bonus: $2,500
Base salary guarantee: $2,500
Total guarantee: $5,000

Punter Ryan Allen
Signing bonus: $1,500
Base salary guarantee: $2,500
Total guarantee: $4,000

Cornerback Brandon Jones
Signing bonus: $3,500
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $3,500

Tight end Brandon Ford
Signing bonus: $3,000
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $3,000

Cornerback Stephon Morris
Signing bonus: $2,500
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $2,500

Long snapper Mike Zupanic
Signing bonus: $2,000
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $2,000

Defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington
Signing bonus: $1,000
Base salary guarantee: $1,000
Total guarantee: $2,000

Running back Quentin Hines
Signing bonus: $1,000
Base salary guarantee: 0
Total guarantee: $1,000

To read the entire article by Field Yates, who did a fantastic job… here’s the link : http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4743149/closer-look-at-rookie-free-agent-deals?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Topics: AFC East, New England Patriots, NFL, UDFA

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