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Dane Fletcher's contract details with Patriots

A closer look at the contract linebacker Dane Fletcher signed with the New England Patriots:

Term: One year

Signing bonus: $20,000

Base salary: $745,000

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

Roster bonus: $60,000 ($6,000 per game if active, up to a total of 10 games)

Salary-cap charge: $665,000

Fletcher's total guarantee is the $20,000 signing bonus, but he can earn up to $825,000 if he makes the roster and is active for up to 10 games. Because the deal qualifies for the minimum salary benefit, Fletcher's cap charge is only $665,000. This deal is reflective of a solid special-teams player. It looks like a win-win from this perspective: The Patriots add important linebacker depth and a proven player in the kicking game, while Fletcher gets some financial upside and an opportunity to return to a franchise he's expressed an affinity for in the past.