The New England Patriots were entering the 2018 offseason with core members in all three phases of the game about to hit free agency. In the kicking game, Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner and Brandon Bolden were scheduled to hit the open market, while Brandon King was headed towards restricted free agency. The Patriots took care of Bolden last week and now re-signed another core special teamer.
As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots signed Brandon King to a new contract:
The Patriots have re-signed special teams standout/DB Brandon King to a two-year deal through 2019, per league source.
The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin offered additional details on the deal:
King’s 2-year, $2.6m deal: $400k signing bonus, base salaries of $775k and $925k, and roster bonus of $15,625 per game on the active roster ($250k max). Cap numbers of $1,178,125 and $1.375m.
Since joining the Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2015, King established himself as one of the best special teams players in the NFL. Last year, the 24-year old appeared in 16 of New England's 19 games and registered 10 tackles in the kicking game. Locking him up had to be rather highly on the team's list of offseason priorities and the two-year contract the two sides agreed to does just that.