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Breaking down CB Tarell Brown's deal with New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We interrupt the non-stop Tom Brady reporting for a quick contract note with free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown:

Term: one-year, $1.5 million

Signing bonus: $400,000

Base salary: $1 million

Roster bonus: $100,000 (if on 53-man roster for first game)

Playing-time incentives: $500,000

ANALYSIS: This deal reflects how Brown has started 56 regular-season games over the last four years and is a starting-caliber player when healthy. The health is a factor because he is coming off a foot injury that landed him on injured reserve last December and altered his offseason training. If healthy and returning to past form, the 30-year-old Brown figures to compete for a starting role, which he assumed last year in Oakland after signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract as a free agent. Brown was arguably the top cornerback remaining on the market and the feeling from here is that this was a solid signing by New England in which the team paid market prices for a veteran player coming off injury with starter-quality skills.