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Closer look at Boyce, Buchanan deals

A closer look at the contracts signed by Patriots rookies Josh Boyce (fourth round) and Michael Buchanan (seventh round):

JOSH BOYCE

Terms: 4 years, $2.637 million

Signing bonus: $477,000

Base salaries:

2013: $405,000 (split salary if lands on reserve list at any point)

2014: $495,000 (split salary if lands on reserve list in preseason)

2015: $585,000

2016: $675,000

Salary cap charges:

2013: $524,250

2014: $614,250

2015: $704,250

2016: $794,250

EXTRA POINT: If Boyce is on the 53-man roster in 2014 for one game, the split is eliminated. A preseason split protects a team from a training camp injury. The typical fourth-round contract has a full split in the first year and then a preseason split in the second year.

MICHAEL BUCHANAN

Terms: 4 years, $2.213 million

Signing bonus: $53,612

Base salaries:

2013: $405,000 (split salary if lands on reserve list at any point)

2014: $495,000 (split salary if lands on reserve list at any point)

2015: $585,000

2016: $675,000

Salary cap charges:

2013: $418,403

2014: $508,503

2015: $598,403

2016: $688,403

EXTRA POINT: This is a standard deal for a seventh-round pick. As is reflected with most of these rookies deals, the moderate salary cap charge makes them excellent values for teams economically if the rookies make the club and perform well.