As rookies reported to Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins became the seventh member of the New England Patriots’ 2021 draft class to sign.
The Oklahoma product, selected in the third round at No. 96 overall, announced on Twitter that he’d put pen to paper.
Thanks to the @Patriots for believing in me. Now it’s time to work my ass off for the 2nd one pic.twitter.com/MGDkyEGYgL— Ronnie Perkins™ (@7avageszn) July 20, 2021
The four-year rookie contract begins with a base salary of $660,000 and a cap charge of $870,154 for Perkins, who will receive a signing bonus of $840,616, as outlined by PatsCap’s Miguel Benzan.
Perkins, 21, earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as both a sophomore and junior with the Sooners. His tenure in Norman spanned 33 games and 25 starts. Over that span, the former defensive end totaled 99 tackles, including 32 tackles for loss, to go with 16.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
The Patriots previously agreed to terms with quarterback Mac Jones, running back Rhamondre Stevenson, linebacker Cameron McGrone, safety Joshuah Bledsoe, offensive tackle William Sherman and wide receiver Tre Nixon.
Defensive tackle Christian Barmore, who arrived in the second round out of Alabama at No. 38 overall, marks New England’s lone pick left unsigned.
Veterans report for training camp in Foxborough on July 27. The first practice follows on July 28.