Following up on TE Byham's contract

The Patriots announced the signing of tight end Nate Byham on Sunday, and here are the contract terms:

Length: 1 year

Base salary: $645,000

Split salary: $373,000 (in the event of injury)

Salary-cap hit: $645,000

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This is a modest deal, with no bonus money, that reflects a player competing for a backup spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui. With the Patriots not re-signing veteran Matthew Mulligan, who filled a blocking-based role last season, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Byham is a candidate to possibly step into that void. Byham is coming off a torn ACL last season, and the injury split gives the team some protection along those lines. Meanwhile, Byham has a chance to play in a Tom Brady-led offense, increase his value, and potentially hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent again next year.