The New England Patriots lost some considerable talent on the first day of the NFL’s 2020 league year. Linebacker Elandon Roberts and defensive tackle Danny Shelton signed with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, respectively, while the latter team also scooped up safety Duron Harmon via trade. The offensive side of the ball was also not immune to the departures, as center Ted Karras joined Roberts and other ex-Patriots in Miami.
According to initial reports, the 27-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins that will pay him $4 million — less than what he would have received had he opted to re-sign in New England according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson: Karras apparently had a two-year offer on the table from his old team that would have paid him more over the duration of the contract, but less in the first season of the new deal.
The former sixth-round draft pick opted for the shorter offer and an opportunity to earn a starting job — something that would not have been guaranteed in New England if David Andrews returned from his year-long stint on injured reserve due to blood clots in his lungs. Furthermore, signing a one-year contract also gives Karras an opportunity to reset his market over the course of the 2020 season, and ahead of what is expected to be a significant spike in the league’s salary cap under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Add it all up and one can see why he opted to leave New England after four seasons. His old team, meanwhile, will hope that Andrews does indeed return — he appears to be trending in the right direction, although no definitive statements about his long-term outlook can be made at this point in time — and that fellow interior offensive linemen Hjalte Froholdt and Jermaine Eluemunor can take over the versatile depth role that he held since 2016.