Last week, the Patriots agreed to a one-year deal with off-ball linebacker Marquis Flowers. On Monday evening, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on the details of the agreement, which has a base value of $1.75 million.
LB Marquis Flowers' one-year deal with the Patriots has a base salary of $1.05 million and a $200,000 signing bonus. He can earn $450,000 in roster bonuses, and an additional $50,000 in a workout bonus. Incentives-wise, he gets an additional $100,000... https://t.co/MJnQwyFqdy— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 26, 2018
Reiss also shed light upon a snap percentage-based incentive package within the deal.
Incentives-wise, he gets an additional $100,000 for playing 30 percent of the defensive snaps, $300,000 for 40 percent, $550,000 for 50 percent and $800,000 for 60 percent.
Signing Bonus: $200,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Per-game roster bonuses: $450,000 (all 16 games “likely to be earned”)
2018 Cap Figure: $1,750,000
Flowers, acquired for a 6th round pick in this year’s draft, played 26% of the Patriots snaps in 2017. However, he played in 42.1% of snaps in the final 12-game stretch to from week eight through the end of the postseason.
Possessing superior coverage skills than other currently rostered personnel options at the linebacker position helped Flowers see the field more often a year ago. If he’s able to continue that 40%+ clip in 2018, he’ll pocket himself an additional $550,000, which would be debited from the team’s 2019 adjusted team cap figure.
After replacing a player in the top-51, the Flowers signing costs the Patriots $1,120,000 in net cap space.