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Breaking down contract extension for New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Taking a closer look at the three-year extension recently signed by New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen, which includes $6.1 million in new money.

Allen now is due $6.685 million over the next four seasons, with $3 million fully guaranteed, including a $2 million signing bonus.

2015

Base salary: $585,000 (unchanged)

Cap charge: $1,085,500

2016

Base salary: $1 million (guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 for each game active)

Incentives: $50,000 for making the Pro Bowl

Cap charge: $1.7 million

2017

Base salary: $1.2 million

Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 for each game active)

Incentives: $50,000 for making the Pro Bowl

Cap charge: $1.9 million

2018

Base salary: $1.3 million

Roser bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 for each game active)

Incentives: $50,000 for making the Pro Bowl

Cap charge: $2 million

ANALYSIS: This deal reflects a case of forward thinking for both sides. For Allen, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent and was paid just $1,500 in guaranteed money at the time of signing, he now has security in the form of his guarantees and a deal that extends through what would be his sixth NFL season. For the team, it is able to lock up a player who has proven himself as a capable fixture and at an average annual salary that is right around league average for punters. The team consistently echoes a premium on special teams, and after signing it's kicker and punter to multi-year deals while also taking the only long snapper drafted this year, the Patriots have reinforced that message through their actions. That core is now all under contract through 2018.