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Lloyd, Connolly, Fanene deals

Breaking down the main elements of contracts for receiver Brandon Lloyd, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene and tight end Daniel Fells, while analyzing what the numbers represent:

Brandon Lloyd

Signing bonus - $3 million

Option bonus -- $3 million

Workout bonus -- $100,000 in 2012, $100,000 in 2013 and $100,000 in 2014

Base salaries -- $900,000 (2012), $1.9 million (2013), $2.9 million (2014)

Quick hit -- For a player of Lloyd's caliber, this deal shows how much Lloyd wanted to play in New England. Receivers who aren't as talented as Lloyd were cashing in around the NFL.

Dan Connolly

Signing bonus -- $3.25 million

Base salaries -- $1.2 million (2012), $2.25 million (2013), $3 million (2014)

Quick hit -- The Patriots likely wouldn't give out a three-year, $9.7 million pact if they didn't view Connolly as a starter.

Jonathan Fanene

Signing bonus -- $3.85 million

Workout bonus -- $100,000 in 2012, $100,000 in 2013, $100,000 in 2014

Base salaries -- $900,000 (2012), $1.9 million (2013), $2.9 million (2014)

Quick hit -- The type of deal that works well for both sides -- Fanene gets a nice payday and the Patriots pick up a midlevel player at a midlevel price.

Daniel Fells

Signing bonus -- $1 million

Base salaries -- $1 million (2012), $1.2 million (2013), $1.75 million (2014)

Quick hit -- Given the importance of the tight end position in the offense, a sound insurance policy on a deal that works well for both sides.