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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Danny Aiken and the RFA market

By reissm

The future of some New England Patriots top free agents has been dissected and analyzed in recent weeks, but let's now shine a spotlight on the lesser-discussed area of restricted free agency.

The Patriots have one restricted free agent -- long snapper Danny Aiken.

The team now must decide whether it will tender Aiken a contract. If Aiken is not tendered a contract, he would become an unrestricted free agent.

The tender levels are as follows:

Right of first refusal -- $1.43 million
Second-rounder -- $2.18 million
First-rounder -- $3.11 million

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Aiken earned a base salary of $550,000 in 2013, so a "right of first refusal" tender would almost triple his earnings. This leads us to believe the Patriots are more likely to not tender Aiken, making him a free agent, with the team working to bring him back at a potential reduced rate.