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Kyle Van Noy earns $3.5 million signing bonus with contract extension

Kyle Van Noy is now locked up through 2019 after signing an extension with the Patriots. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The two-year contract extension signed by New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy adds another layer to the team's "middle class" on the roster. When including the 2017 season, in which Van Noy was already under contract, the pact essentially comes in at a value of three years for $12.87 million.

This reflects how Van Noy is viewed by the team as a quality mid-level defender who can factor into the many sub packages the defense plays. The Patriots were in sub defense more than 80 percent of the time in 2016.

"Kyle has good skills. He’s athletic, runs well, tackles well, can rush the passer, play in pass coverage, does a good job playing the run," Bill Belichick said on Monday. "So, he has a good skill set, which is what you need to be out there in different situations. ... He’s a smart guy, understands concepts well, understands the defense, does a good job of it."

Van Noy played all 69 defensive snaps in the season opener, with the Patriots playing primarily a dime defense (six defensive backs).

Van Noy possibly could have earned more on the open market after the 2017 season, but by cashing in now he shifts the risk to the team side.

Signing bonus: $3.5 million

Total guarantee/bonuses: $5.5 million

2017

Base salary: $990,741

Reporting bonus: $100,000

Workout bonus-1: $7,095

Workout bonus-2: $25,000

Salary cap charge: $2.28 million

2018

Base salary: $2 million (guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $100,000

Salary cap charge: $4.16 million

2019

Base salary: $4.25 million

Roster bonus: $100,000

Salary cap charge: $6.416 million