Tom Brady and Logan Mankins are still waiting for new contracts. Their teammate Gary Guyton is not. The Patriots have given the inside linebacker a two-year extension.
The Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport reports:
"Guyton’s exclusive rights tender was slated to pay him the minimum of $470,000 on a one-year contract. Now what does he get?
A $505,000 salary in 2010 and a $1-million salary in 2011, to go along with a signing bonus of $650,000."
It’s surprising Guyton would jump at this deal. Yes, it’s a pay raise, but he was a starter in 2009. If he starts again this year, which is expected (at least early on), then $1 million in 2011 is a little below market value.
Maybe Guyton has a really smart agent who knows that his client, though fast and explosive on contact, struggles badly in run defense. And maybe Guyton’s agent knows the Patriots just spent a second-round pick on Florida’s Brandon Spikes, putting Guyton’s starting job in jeopardy. Thus, Guyton’s agent was happy with the Pats paying his client like the nickel linebacker he essentially is.
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