On Monday, the Patriots re-signed Deatrich Wise to a four-year deal worth up to $30 million dollars; we’re now learning the details of that contract, which is much more team friendly that initially believed.
Of the $30 million, just $10 million is guaranteed. The contract reaches a $22 million base with LTBE incentives such as roster bonuses and playing time incentives. There’s a $1.25 million signing bonus in each year of the deal.
It’s a back-loaded contract, carrying just a $3.25 million cap hit in the first season. That number rises to $6.25 for the final three years of the deal, assuming Wise remains with the team. There’s a $2.5 million dollar out after the second season which would turn it into a two-year, $12 million contract.
Overall, the contract represents a reward for the an investment in the strides Wise made as a player last season. After adding weight to his frame to play better against the run, he played a career-high 56 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, and was one of the few bright spots in the Patriots’ front seven. Expect him to be a key piece of the new-look defensive line next season.
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