Taking a closer look at the one-year contract signed by running back Joseph Addai, and what it might mean for the Patriots:
Base salary: $725,000
Signing bonus: $75,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Roster bonus: $218,750
Salary cap charge: $1.36 million
ANALYSIS: At this time of year, many of the deals signed by veterans are for the minimum. This deal isn't, which could reflect how the Patriots plan for Addai to be on their roster. From the team side, this type of contract is consistent with the offseason approach of offering a modest bonus to attract proven players who can help build better depth. Addai gets $125,000 up front (signing/workout bonuses) whether he makes the team or not. Meanwhile, a more significant part of the deal is the roster bonus ($218,750), which sets up a situation where Addai can earn more if he's on the roster and contributing. From the Patriots side, the roster bonus is money they can feel more comfortable paying when knowing for certain that he's on the club. The feeling here is that Addai will ultimately make the club, and this will turn out to be a good deal for him, but this contract reflects there is a minor level of uncertainty about him making the cut.