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Breaking down LB Anderson's deal

6/5/2014



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Breaking down the one-year deal linebacker James Anderson signed with the New England Patriots on Wednesday.

Terms: One year, $920,000 maximum value ($15,000 guaranteed)

Signing bonus: $15,000

Base salary: $855,000

Roster bonus: $50,000 if he is on the 53-man roster for Week 1

Cap charge: $635,000 (minimum salary benefit)

Quick hit: No surprise to see the one-year deal with a minimum salary, given that Anderson has remained unsigned to this point. Because he was signed after June 1, it does not impact the team's compensatory pick formula. This salary suggests the team views the player as a depth-level addition who could have some similar contributions to those of Dane Fletcher in 2013.

Anderson will wear No. 55 for the team.