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Fourth-round pick Boyce signs

5/24/2013

Texas Christian receiver Josh Boyce, whom the Patriots selected with the early fourth-round pick acquired in a trade with the Vikings, signed the standard four-year deal with the team today, a source confirms.

The Patriots selected Boyce 102nd overall, nabbing him before the Dolphins, who appeared ready to select him at the No. 104 spot. The Dolphins wound up picking linebacker Jelani Jenkins of Florida once Boyce was off the board.

Boyce's contract includes a $477,000 signing bonus, which is the same as the player drafted with the fifth pick of the fourth round last year, Miami receiver Travis Benjamin.

The base salaries are $405,000 in 2013; $495,000 in 2014; $585,000 in 2015 and $675,000 in 2016. There is a full split in 2013, meaning that if Boyce lands on a reserve list, his base salary will be reduced. There is a preseason split for 2014.

The salary cap charges break down this way: $524,250 in 2013; $614,250 in 2014; $704,250 in 2015; and $794,250 in 2016.

Boyce, who took a pre-draft visit to New England, hasn't participated in the on-field portion of rookie minicamp/organized team activities because of a foot/toe injury sustained before he was drafted.

With Boyce in the fold, the Patriots have just two unsigned draft picks -- receiver Aaron Dobson (second round) and defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Buchanan (seventh round).

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun first reported Boyce's signing.