By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots acted quickly to retain edge rusher John Simon at the start of NFL free agency. Now we know the full details of his two-year contract, thanks to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Simon’s deal has a max value of $7.125 million, including $1.65 million guaranteed ($900k salary, $750k signing bonus). His salary would jump to $1.5 million in 2020. He can earn another $2 million in each year: $350,000 in per-game roster bonuses (avg. $21,875), $150,000 workout bonus, and $1.5 million in incentives.
Signed during Week 4 after the Patriots placed linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley and running back Rex Burkhead on injured reserve, Simon quickly grew into a regular role in the Patriots’ defensive rotation. He played in 11 of 13 possible games and started two, amassing 2 sacks, 3 QB hits, 17 total tackles, and 2 tackles for loss.
Simon’s season culminated with a third-down pass deflection in the third quarter of Super Bowl LIII against the Rams.
The six-year veteran brings depth to the edge for the Patriots defense. At defensive end/outside linebacker they’ve lost Trey Flowers and added Michael Bennett, so keeping Simon in the fold for another 1-2 years can help maintain stability in that group.
New England’s defensive end depth chart also includes Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise Jr., Keionta Davis, Ufomba Kamalu, and Trent Harris.
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