The deal has a base value of $1.5 million, which breaks down as:
— $800,000 base salary
— $200,000 signing bonus (guaranteed)
— $450,000 in per-game roster bonuses
— $50,000 workout bonus
According to Volin, the deal could reach as high as $1.75 million thanks to $250,000 in additional bonuses and incentives. It’s unclear whether those incentives aren’t specified, or he and Reiss simply have different numbers.
As noted by the Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan (a.k.a. @PatsCap), Waddle was active for just 12 games in 2017. So his roster bonuses count for $337,500 against the cap in 2018, rather than $450,000. So his cap hit is just $1.6375 million.
Whether we’re talking about $1.5 million or $1.75 million, the Patriots have a chance to get tremendous value with Waddle if he becomes a starter. He played surprisingly well last season when he filled in at right tackle in Marcus Cannon’s absence.
That’s obviously a far cry from being the starting left tackle and playing close to 100 percent of the snaps, as opposed to the 334 snaps (29.32 percent) that Waddle played in 2017. So the problem of replacing Nate Solder is not close to solved. But the Patriots have had issues on the offensive line before and figured it out by the end of the season. If they did it again, would it really surprise you?
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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