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Terms Of Patriots Deal With RB Jeremy Hill Revealed



Well, it looks like the Patriots got an absolute bargain when they signed free agent running back Jeremy Hill.

According to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, the deal is for one year worth $1.5 million but here is the real kicker. Other than a $150,000 signing bonus, there are no guarantees in his contract, meaning he will have to earn every penny.

As stated when the deal was reported this is a classic buy-low type of move for the Patriots. Low-risk, high reward.

Hill will be joined in the Patriots backfield with James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee, and James Develin.

It is unclear what the team’s intentions are with Mike Gillislee though. The thinking is that with Hill now on the roster that Gillslee might be expendable. Gillslee is on the second year of a two-year deal with the Patriots with the team and has a $2.1 million cap hit for the 2018 season.

Of course, the Patriots could elect to carry all of these backs with the realistic depth chart at running back looking like this with Bolden and Develin not actually going to see legitimate touches.

James White

Rex Burkhead

Jeremey Hill

Mike Gillislee

Brandon Bolden

James Develin

As you can clearly see at this moment in time it isn’t out of the question that Hill would be slotted in the third spot ahead of Gillislee. But of course much can change and with the Patriots still making moves, there is a chance something happens to this running back core before training camp opens this summer.

Update: Per Ben Voilen of the Boston Globe there is some more detail on Hill’s contract. 

They money on the deal is correct, $1.5 million with $150k guaranteed as a signing bonus. He will have a $1 million base salary, $50k workout bonus, and a $300k in per-game roster bonuses which breaks down to $18,750 per game that he is active. Overall his salary cap number is $1.33 million.

According to @PatsCap on Twitter, the current Patriots projected cap space is $12,233,238 million. But that number does not include the signings of Clayborn or Tobin, and it does not include the Chung extension.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Re-Sign Waddle To Sure Up Offensive Line According To Report




With the New England Patriots missing out on Nate Solder they had to make a move. The move they ended up making took a little while to come to fruition but according to multiple reports, the Patriots have re-signed one of their own.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Patriots have re-signed left tackle LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year deal.

Waddle was shopping himself around the league prior to agreeing to the contract with LeAdrian meeting with the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the week.

Not re-signing Solder left a big hole for the Patriots on their o-line and with slim pickings on the free agent market Waddle was actually the best available after Solder.

Despite signing Waddle it is still highly possible that the Patriots will draft a left tackle and use Waddle simply as a stop-gap until they can bring a rookie up to speed.

Overall this was a good move that became necessary after Bill Belichick either misjudged the market on Solder or simply didn’t want the player.

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Patriots Scouted Johnny Manziel’s Workout



Former NFL QB Johnny Manziel held a workout on Thursday in San Diego with NFL team scouts present. One of those teams?

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According to multiple reports New England was one of 13 NFL teams who had a representative at Manziel’s workout.

The current Patriots depth chart at the QB position has Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer in that order. So, in theory, New England will need to bring in another QB preferably someone a tad younger than Brady or Hoyer. One would think the Patriots would draft a QB but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that they draft a QB and bring in another to have four in training camps this summer.

Manziel certainly fits the bill of a tryout. The former Aggie is now 25-years-old and a few years removed from NFL action with the Cleveland Browns but the troubled athlete has dedicated himself to once again becoming a force to be reckoned with on the football field.

It is more than likely that New England was just doing its due diligence by sending a representative to watch Manziel workout. But if the rep liked what they saw a workout in Gillette is certainly possible.

By all accounts, Manziel had a very effective throwing session by completing 36 of 38 attempts in what observers are describing as a light rain. Maybe that is enough to get Bill Belichick’s attention.

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Patrick Chung’s Contract Extension With The Patriots Revealed



Sunday night seems to be the night of New England Patriots contract reveals with Patrick Chung‘s deal now becoming known.

Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the extension is for two-years with the contract running through the 2020 season and includes the 2018 season.

Per Howe, Chung will earn $11.5 million through the 2020 season including $5.4 million in the 2018 season. Chung was initially due $2 million in 2018, a bump of $3.4 million.

Chung who is in his second stint with the team is 30-years-old.

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