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Contract details for LB Dakoda Watson

A snapshot look at the contract signed by linebacker Dakoda Watson with the New England Patriots:

Term: 1 year

Base salary: $745,000

Signing bonus: $0

Split (in event of injury): $413,000

Salary cap charge: $585,000

Watson will compete for a roster spot as a core special teams player, which has been his primary niche since entering the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. Last season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent and played in nine games before he was released, then landed with the Dallas Cowboys for one game. A player in that type of situation generally doesn't have much leverage and this deal reflects that.