Cleaning out the Patriots notebook with some contract- and rules-related nuggets:
1. In a minor move, the Patriots restructured the contract of inside linebacker Jerod Mayo earlier this year, redistributing money while keeping the length of the contract the same (Mayo is signed through 2012). Mayo benefitted because he received more up-front money. The Patriots benefitted because they used 2009 salary cap space and gave themselves future financial flexibility.
2. Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown received the richest signing bonus among Patriots rookie free agents -- $12,500. Inside linebacker Dane Fletcher and cornerback Terrence Johnson were next at $10,000 apiece. A richer signing bonus sometimes reflects that there was more competition from other teams for those rookie free agents.
3. When the Patriots begin their organized team activities next week, receiver Taylor Price, the team’s third-round draft choice, won’t be there, according to the Boston Herald. NFL rules state that a player can not attend when their college is still in session and Ohio University does not hold graduation until June 11.
4. The Patriots and left tackle Matt Light have pulled off something a bit unusual, as Light enters the final year of the six-year extension he signed in 2004 without his contract ever being adjusted. That’s the oldest contract on the Patriots’ books.
5. In a piece published earlier this week on ESPN.com, Len Pasquarelli shined the spotlight on restricted free agents like Logan Mankins, explaining why June 15 is a key checkpoint for players in Mankins’ situation. That is also the first day of the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp.