Demaryius Thomas‘ deal with the Patriots includes a $150K signing bonus and a modest base salary of $1.2MM, a source tells ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter). The wide receiver will have the chance to earn more through incentives/bonuses, however, bringing his cap number to $2.9MM. Reportedly, Thomas can earn all the way up to $6MM if he checks all the boxes.
The low guarantee and base pay of Thomas’ deal suggests that he’s not quite a lock to make the final roster. This makes sense given Thomas’ lack of serious production in recent years and the Patriots’ tendency to jockey playmakers in the late stages of the offseason.
For now, Thomas will focus on recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in December. The hope is that Thomas will be ready for training camp, but nothing is certain just yet.
Here’s more out of New England:
- Brace yourself. Prosecutors say they’re planning to release video of Patriots owner Robert Kraft at the Florida day spa (via John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe). Kraft’s attorneys have asked a judge to issue a protective order blocking the public release of the videos, but there has been pushback from prosecutors as well as media outlets seeking access to the footage. Ultimately, the release of the video could increase the likelihood of NFL discipline for the billionaire owner.
- Tom Brady did not report for the start of the Patriots’ voluntary workouts. When he does report this summer, we may see a more swole version of the quarterback than in years past.