Term: 1 year
Signing bonus: $140,000
Base salary: $760,000
Roster bonus: $300,000 ($18,750 per game if on 46-man game-day roster)
Incentives: $300,000 (classified as not likely to be earned)
Split salary: $428,000
Salary-cap charge: $1.08 million
Kuhn's signing reflects how the Patriots have been willing to pay a six-figure signing bonus to lower-level, free agents with starting experience this offseason to build depth and competition on the roster. The $140,000 signing bonus is the lone guarantee in the deal and both Kuhn and the Patriots are "protected" in the pact. For Kuhn, if he stays healthy and produces, he can earn up to $1.5 million. But if he gets hurt in training camp and lands on injured reserve, the Patriots would pay him a split salary of $428,000, reducing the club's financial risk in that scenario. This is likely similar to the deal that the Patriots offered defensive tackle Sealver Siliga before Siliga signed with the Seahawks earlier in the offseason. Kuhn is vying to fill Siliga's role as the No. 4 option on the depth chart among big-bodied defensive tackles (which doesn't include interior sub rusher Dominique Easley).