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Duron Harmon's four-year Pats deal includes $5 million signing bonus

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Looking closer at the four-year contract with a maximum value of $20 million that safety Duron Harmon signed to return to the New England Patriots:

Signing bonus: $5 million

2017

Base salary: $1.5 million (fully guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game)

Not likely to be earned (NLTBE) incentives: $750,000 (playing time)

Salary-cap charge: $3.5 million

2018

Base salary: $1.5 million

Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game)

NLTBE incentives: $750,000 (playing time)

Salary-cap charge: $3.5 million

2019

Base salary: $2.5 million

Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game)

NLTBE incentives: $750,000 (playing time)

Salary-cap charge: $4.5 million

2020

Base salary: $3.5 million

Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game)

NLTBE incentives: $750,000 (playing time)

Salary-cap charge: $5.5 million

Considering where Harmon came from -- a non-combine invitee in 2013 who was considered by some draft analysts a reach in the third round -- he deserves a lot of credit for making it to his second NFL contract and earning a deal that includes $6.5 million in guarantees with more financial upside if he continues to ascend as a player. Given the rising salary cap and growing number of snaps played in sub defenses across the NFL, Harmon might have hoped for a greater league-wide market for a player in his No. 3 safety role (48.6 percent of the defensive snaps). But this is still a nice deal for a player who is, in many ways, the "12th man" of the team's defense.