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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Closer look at Fletcher's contract

By Field Yates

Passing along contract details from the agreement recently reached between the Patriots and linebacker Dane Fletcher:

Contract length: 1 year
Base salary for 2013: $555,000
Signing bonus: $65,000
Total guaranteed money: $65,000

ANALYSIS: There's not a lot of bells and whistles to Fletcher's one-year deal, and it's a minimal risk deal for the team. The $65,000 paid to Fletcher to sign is a modest price for a player who, if healthy, projects to be a core special teams performer and possible defensive contributor. The base salary of $555,000 is also a modest price, despite the fact that Fletcher is coming off of major knee surgery. Given the time of his injury last season, Fletcher should be close to 100 percent by the time training camp begins. Getting this straightforward deal done before Fletcher hit restricted free agency is a positive for both Fletcher and the team, as he has the security of a contract coming off of the injury, and the team squared away one offseason task.