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.