Continuing our look at the rookie deals signed by the Patriots' draft choices, with an examination of sixth-round defensive back Jemea Thomas.
Overall terms: Four years, $2,312,512 (guarantees of $92,512 in the form of a signing bonus)
2014 base salary: $420,000
2015 base salary: $510,000
2016 base salary: $600,000
2017 base salary: $690,000
There aren't a lot of tricks or gimmicks tied to today's rookie deals, which have becone largely cookie-cutter due to the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. Thomas could be in the mix for time at safety this season, a position where the Patriots are light in terms of depth and financial commitments. Only Devin McCourty has a base salary north of $1 million for 2014 among the current Patriot safeties.