Christopher Price reports Sammy Morris has been pleased with his staying power in New England.
"I guess each year is a different entity in itself, so you don’t really know what to expect," Morris said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. "When I signed here I figured physically I could play the four years. At the same time, you never know what each offseason is going to bring, the different bumps and bruises from the year before. I physically felt like I could sign for four and definitely play for that. Fortunately it’s worked out and I just want to keep plugging away until my body says I can’t go anymore."
Take the two biggest contracts handed out by this team in the first decade of this millenium -- Given to Tom Brady and Richard Seymour. Brady's six-year, $60 million deal, signed in 2005, included a $14.5 million signing bonus and a $12 million option bonus in Year 2. Seymour's four-year, $30 million deal had options bonus $6.66 million and $12 million due before and after the 2006 season, respectively.
Notice the trend? In the past (presumably for cash-flow reasons), the Patriots tried not to hand out lump-sum bonus money, preferring to spread that cash out.
In 2010, though, that isn't exactly what players are looking for. For more than a year, agents have put an emphasis on what players are receiving "before the lockout." And now, since a potential lockout is less than a year away, players aren't going to be as receptive to allowing their bonus money to be spread out.
So New England has adjusted and, outside of workout bonuses and the like, almost all the bonus money is being paid in Year 1. Vince Wilfork got an $18 million signing bonus. Tully Banta-Cain and Leigh Bodden got respective $6 million signing bonuses. Those deals (the only 2010 deals negotiated by the Patriots that extend into 2012) don't have roster or option bonuses down the line at all, with the rest of the money tied into base salaries, the aforementioned workout bonuses and incentives.
- Ask PFW: Dissecting the Draft. This week's mailbag is dominated by draft-related questions and possible trade scenarios.
- Patriots Today - Draft Preview: Wide receivers. (4.50 min. video)
- Ian Rapoport notes the NFL will announce the 2010 preseason schedule today at 3pm.
- Christopher Price thinks chances are pretty good that New England will face at least two NFC East teams in preseason, probably the Giants, Eagles or Redskins.
- WEEI provides a video from Sammy Morris' press conference Tuesday morning following his workout.
- Mike Reiss offers some quick hits from Sammy Morris.
- Tom E. Curran discusses Sammy Morris' tenure with the Patriots.
- Monique Walker writes Patriots RB Sammy Morris turned 33 last week but doesn't see age slowing him down. Morris says that sharing carries helps with longevity for everyone.
- Ian Rapoport notes Sammy Morris doesn't feel old physically, and says even the younger guys have been helped by the committee approach.
- Robert Lee discusses the running back by committee system in Foxboro, saying the days of a single rusher taking over a game like a Curtis Martin or a Corey Dillon appear to be over.
- Mike Reiss offers his take on the very public high-end wining and dining of Tim Tebow by Belichick and Caserio.
- Karen Guregian speculates on the reason behind the Patriots getting-to-know-you session with Tim Tebow.
- Albert Breer spent time figuring whether the Patriots really want the Gators' Heisman Trophy winner.
- DJ Bean reports a source told WEEI on Tuesday that the Patriots "love" Penn State DT Jared Odrick.
- WEEI offers some of the experts' draft predictions for the Patriots.
- Mike Reiss reports draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. lists some names that might be on the Patriots' radar: Brandon Graham, Sergio Kindle and Jerry Hughes, along with C.J. Spiller and Tim Tebow. (40 second video)
- Mike Reiss notes a Donovan McNabb deal to the Raiders could have a ripple effect on the Patriots.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag. Lots of terrific insight here as usual.
- Albert Breer looks at what it means for a QB to be the No. 1 pick. The Patriots have picked first four times, and twice selected quarterbacks.
- NFL Live produced a segment for ESPNBoston.com asking the question: Is Florida quarterback Tim Tebow a good fit for the Patriots? (2.05 min. video)
- Peter Mucha (Philadelphia Inquirer) It's a myth. McNabb did not puke during Super Bowl. He almost puked. Twice.
- NFL Total Access counts down the top 10 best quarterbacks drafted #1 overall.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB Tuesday edition: One respected talent evaluator can imagine Sam Bradford with Redskins.
- Vic Carucci (NFL.com) Pennington's decision to stay in Miami a curious one this offseason.