Assessing value of Vollmer deal

Details of the new deal signed by Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer are starting to emerge, and Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports it's a four-year pact with a maximum value of $27 million.

In addition, Garafolo notes that the deal includes a $7 million signing bonus, plus $7.75 million in base salaries and $10 million in incentives/roster bonuses.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk adds that the deal includes $8.25 million in guaranteed money and a base value of $17 million. Of the $10 million in incentives/roster bonuses, $9 million come from playing-time incentives/roster bonuses and $1 million comes in the form of a Pro Bowl bonus, according to Florio.

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Retaining Vollmer on a four-year deal is a positive for the team, and the $8.25 million is noteworthy from this view. It gives Vollmer security, although it does check in as less than the $15.5 million Gosder Cherilus received from the Colts in guaranteed money this offseason. We view Vollmer as the superior player, although he has a recent history of injuries that could have been a factor in the contract being incentive-laden. If Vollmer can stay healthy, the maximum value of the deal has a high ceiling and will pay him extremely well. He was a priority for the Patriots to re-sign this offseason, and one can see the incentive for both sides in this new agreement.