- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at the Patriots players with the highest base salaries in 2012 (does not include bonuses):
QB Tom Brady -- $5.75m
DL Vince Wilfork -- $4.5m
LT Matt Light -- $3.4m
WR Chad Ochocinco -- $3m
LG Logan Mankins -- $2.75m
K Stephen Gostkowski -- $2.1m
CB Kyle Arrington -- $1.85m
G Brian Waters -- $1.4m
LB Jerod Mayo -- $1.25m
WR Wes Welker, assuming he is assigned the franchise tag, would top the list at around $9.4m.
As for the list, Ochocinco does not fit in the "value" category the Patriots often seek based on production (15 catches in '11).
Along those lines, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal tweeted last night that the Patriots have approached him about restructuring his contract (a.k.a. pay cut).