Quick follow-up on the previous post on free-agent signings and contract length:
Defensive end Trevor Scott's contract is a one-year pact with a $900,000 base salary. Scott gets a $250,000 signing bonus. This deal is similar to Mark Anderson's from last season and could be considered a "prove it" type of pact. If Scott produces like Anderson did in 2011, he figures to be in line for a pay boost in 2013.
Cornerback Marquice Cole's deal is a one-year pact with a $615,000 base salary. He received a $25,000 signing bonus, $10,000 workout bonus, and in the event he lands on injured reserve, there is a split of $343,000. Cole was scheduled for restricted free agency this year, but the Jets didn't tender him (which would have been $1.2 million at minimum).
Both of these deals come with little financial risk for the Patriots.