clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2018 NFL free agency: Details released on Rex Burkhead’s new deal with the Patriots

New, comments
Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

After losing Dion Lewis to the Titans in free agency this week, the Patriots locked up veteran running back Rex Burkhead to a three-year contract. On Thursday, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin revealed the details of the agreement.

The breakdown:

2018

Salary: $1,000,000 - fully guaranteed

Signing bonus proration: $1,000,000

Per-game roster bonuses: $312,500 ($31,250 per game - 10 games considered “likely to be earned”)

2018 Cap Figure: $2,312,500

2019

Salary: $1,750,000 - $1.5M of it guaranteed

Signing bonus proration: $1,000,000

Per-game roster bonuses: $500,000

2018 Cap Figure: $3,250,000

2020

Salary: $2,500,000

Signing bonus proration: $1,000,000

Per-game roster bonuses: $500,000

2018 Cap Figure: $4,000,000

The deal gives Burkhead — a four-down contributor in 2017 — some solid up front cash and a some future certainty. The contract is also a solid team value, ranking 23rd in per-year value at the position, and 19th among non-rookie contracts.

Burkhead joins pass-catching threat James White as the only other Patriots running back signed beyond the 2018 season.

After replacing a player in the top-51, Burkhead’s contract costs the Patriots $1,757,500 in 2018 cap space — giving the team just under $16 million in space moving forward.

Follow Brian Phillips on Twitter - @BPhillips_SB