Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots center Ryan Wendell (62) walks off the field after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Ryan Wendell's Contract Cheaper Than We Initially Thought

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (62) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, Ryan Wendell will not be making nearly as much money as we initially thought. Yates breaks it down here.

Overall terms: Two years, base value of $3.25 million, maximum value of $4.55 million ($850,000 guaranteed in a signing bonus)

2014
Base salary: $1 million
Roster bonus: $200,000
Cap hit: $1.625 million

2015
Base salary: $1 million
Roster bonus: $200,000
Playing-time incentives: Up to $1.3 million
Cap hit: $1.625 million (would increase up to $2.975 million if he hits all incentives)

Signing Wendell was a good move by the Pats, mainly because he was the best center left on the market. Coming into this offseason I felt that New England really had to upgrade the interior of the offensive line, but since they decided not to jump on some of the top free agents, re-signing Wendell became a necessity.

Now that we know he came at a much lower price, I feel even better about this signing. Maybe Wendell can return to his 2012 form, now that he has locked up a solid contract.

 

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