With less than 10 days to go until training camp, the Patriots continue tying up the odds and ends of their offseason. That includes signing their draft picks, as rookies reported to Foxborough on Tuesday.
For third-round pick Ronnie Perkins, his report day included officially signing his rookie contract. Perkins tweeted a picture of himself putting pen to paper, with the caption “Thanks to the @Patriots (sic) for believing in me. Now it’s time to work my ass off for the 2nd one.”
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
Perkins’ new contract is worth up to $4.8 million over four years. He will carry a cap hit of $870,155 in 2021.1
In three years at Oklahoma, Perkins recorded 98 tackles and 16.5 sacks over 61 games. The Patriots selected him 96th overall, using the compensatory pick they received for losing Tom Brady in free agency in 2020.
With Perkins signed, the Patriots now have seven of their eight draft picks under contract. Defensive tackle Christian Barmore, who the team traded up to take in the second round, is the remaining deal the team needs to get done.
While rookies reported to Gillette on Tuesday, veterans don’t have to report for another week. The team’s first training camp practice is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28.
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