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Patriots sign Brandon Bolden to extension

The New England Patriots signed running back Brandon Bolden to a two-year, $2.32 million contract extension, through 2016, locking up one of their core special teams players. The deal includes $300,000 in guaranteed money.

Bolden, who made the team as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi in 2012, was scheduled for restricted free agency after this season.

While Bolden's primary responsibilities come on special teams, he has also chipped in at running back, totaling 28 carries for 89 yards and one touchdown this season. He also had two catches for eight yards, playing 6.8 percent of the offensive snaps.

Bolden's contract includes a $300,000 signing bonus. He will earn a base salary of $660,000 in 2015, with roster bonuses of up to $200,000 based on his presence on the 46-man roster on a per-week basis. In 2016, Bolden's base salary is $760,000, with roster bonuses of up to $350,000 based on his presence on the 46-man roster on a per-week basis.

He also has a $25,000 workout bonus in each season of the deal.