INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots have extended the contract of safety Josh Barrett, according to a league source. He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent under the rules of the current collective bargaining agreement, with three accrued seasons of NFL experience.
The two-year extension will pay Barrett base salaries of $725,000 in 2011 and $775,000 in 2012. The deal includes a $250,000 signing bonus.
Barrett spent the entire 2010 season on injured reserve after being claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Aug. 6.
His situation was particularly unique, as Barrett underwent shoulder surgery while with the Broncos and had to pass through procedural waivers before being placed on injured reserve. The Patriots instead claimed Barrett, who is known mainly as a special teams player, likely with the intention of stashing him for the 2011 season.
This extension makes it clear that Barrett figures into the team's future plans.