The New England Patriots have officially signed nine undrafted free agents thus far, although there are still some that will reportedly join shortly. Here are the guaranteed money numbers for these rookies, as reported by ESPN Boston:
LB Cameron Gordon: $35,000 ($15,000 signing bonus, $20,000 base salary)
RB Stephen Houston: $22,500 ($7,500 signing bonus, $15,000 base salary)
TE Asa Watson: $20,000 ($3,000 signing bonus, $17,000 base salary)
TE Justin Jones: $15,000 ($5,000 signing bonus, $10,000 base salary)
RB Roy Finch: $10,000 ($5,000 signing bonus, $5,000 base salary)
Safety Shamiel Gary: $10,000 ($5,000 signing bonus, $5,000 base salary)
CB Travis Hawkins: $10,000 ($5,000 signing bonus, $5,000 base salary)
LB Deontae Skinner: $5,000 ($5,000 base salary)
TE Tyler Beck: $1,500 ($1,500 signing bonus)
As you can see, linebacker Cameron Gordon received the biggest signing bonus, followed by safety Shamiel Gary, and cornerback Travis Hawkins. I think this speaks to how the Pats see them making the final roster. Obviously this doesn’t mean they will definitely make the cut, but Bill Belichick and company probably feel more confident about those players, than the ones that get a smaller signing bonus.
I am really excited to see how the signing of tight end Justin Jones works out for New England. Coming into the 2013 season, Jones was one of the top tight end prospects in the country, but he was suspended for the entire season, which caused him to fall out of the draft. Jones is a huge guy, standing at 6’8, and he flashed some solid athletic ability while he was at ECU. It will be fun to see how Jones fares this summer.