Sixth-round pick becomes first Patriots draft pick to sign rookie deal
The Patriots have began the process of signing their 2022 draft class. On Wednesday, defensive lineman Sam Roberts agreed to his rookie contract with the team per multiple reports.
A standard four-year rookie contract, Roberts’ deal is worth up to $3.66 million over the course of the deal. He’ll carry a cap hit of $747,869 in 2022 if he makes the 53-man roster. Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Benzan broke down the details of Roberts’ contract here.
Drafted 200th overall in the sixth round, Roberts impressed scouts throughout the pre-draft process, including shining at the Shrine Bowl. In 2021, Roberts had 18 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks in 13 games for Division-II Northwest Missouri State. Roberts also earned the Cliff Harris Award, which is given to the top non-Division-I player in the nation each year.
Roberts is the first of the Patriots’ 10 draft picks to sign his rookie deal. The team has time to get all the deals done, with training camp serving as the unofficial deadline. Last year, Christian Barmore was the final draft pick to agree to his rookie deal, doing so on July 21.
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