April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Details Of Dominique Easley's Contract Released

The New England Patriots finally signed first round pick Dominique Easley to a contract on Monday, and yesterday the details of the deal were released.

From Field Yates of ESPN Boston:

Overall terms: Four years, maximum value of $7,303,550 (note: as is customary for all first-round deals, this includes a fifth-year team option)
Total guaranteed money: $5,887,611
Signing bonus: $3,631,672

2014 compensation
Base salary: $420,000 (guaranteed)
Cap number: $1,327,918
Cash value: $4,051,672 (base salary plus signing bonus)

2015 compensation
Base salary: $751,980 (guaranteed)
Cap number: $1,659,898
Cash value: $751,980 (base salary)

2016 compensation
Base salary: $1,083,959 (guaranteed)
Cap number: $1,991,877
Cash value: $1,083,959 (base salary)

2017 compensation
Base salary: $1 million (non-guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $415,939 (non-guaranteed)
Cap number: $2,323,857
Cash value: $1,415,939

As Yates notes, this appears to be a pretty straight forward deal. Under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, rookies don’t make nearly as much money as they used to, which I think helps all sides in a big way.

I am extremely excited to see Easley out on the field come training camp, as I think he could blossom into a big star in New England. I have watched a bit of tape on him since the draft came to a conclusion, and this kid is so explosive, it makes you wonder why he fell all the way down to the Pats.

Granted, he has knee issues, but assuming those are in the past, we will be in for a treat watching him over the next couple of years.

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