The New England Patriots recently re-signed linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley to a new two-year deal worth up to $6 million, and now we have the full details.
As first reported by Mike Reiss on Wednesday, Bentley’s two-year deal includes a $1.6 million signing bonus. The base salary is $1.04 million for 2022 and $2.14 million for 2023. In each of the next two seasons, Bentley can also receive:
— $510,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($30,000 per game)
— $100,000 workout bonus
— $1.5 million in incentives
Bentley’s contract includes total guarantees of $3.9 million, according to Phil Perry. That consists of his $1.6 million signing bonus, $1.04 million salary in 2022, and $1.26 million of his salary in 2023. Perry also specified that the $3 million in incentives are based on playing time.
The 25-year-old Bentley took another step forward in his fourth NFL season, leading the Patriots with 109 total tackles. He also produced a career-high three forced fumbles, five QB hits, and five tackles for loss. His total defensive snaps have gone up in each of his four seasons, culminating with 691 (69 percent) in 2021.
With Dont’a Hightower still a free agent, it’s possible that the Patriots are moving forward with Bentley as their primary early-down inside linebacker. They still have Raekwon McMillan, who tore his ACL during 2021 camp, while 2021 fifth-round pick Cameron McGrone projects as more of a pass defender at the position.
Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley (8) tackles Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum (5) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley (8) reacts in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Jason McCourty (30) after making a first down during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Ja'Whaun Bentley #51 of the New England Patriots walks the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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