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New England Patriots signed Michael Buchanan, Aaron Dobson left

The New England Patriots knocked out another deal with a drafted player, as seventh-round pass rusher Michael Buchanan agreed to a standard four-year rookie contract with the New England Patriots yesterday. Buchanan was a steal for the Pats in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, because the former Illinois Fighting Illini standout has all the tools and really should have been picked at least two rounds higher; I’m not complaining, though, since the Pats got him at an excellent rate.

Michael Buchanan, Logan Ryan, Steve Beauharnais, Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon, and Josh Boyce have all signed their rookie deals with the Patriots after being draft, so that’s certainly great news. Marshall Thundering Herd alumn Aaron Dobson is the only rookie who still needs to sign his deal, but I’m sure the Patriots will quickly agree to terms on a four-year deal.

With rookie contracts, though, you always wonder what the hold-up is. Is it a small tiff over the signing bonus? Dobson is, in my opinion, the Patriots most high-profile draft pick as the next starter as the “X” receiver in the Patriots offense. He’ll get paid well after being selected in the second round, and it’s interesting thinking that Dobson could have earned less had the Patriots taken a more touted option in Keenan Allen.

Needless to say, it’s great to hear that Buchanan has decided to sign his deal, and it will be interesting to see what the Patriots have in store for the athletic DE. How much will he play on special teams?

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