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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Updating Jon Halapio's contract details

By Mike Reiss & Field Yates

Updating the contract information for guard Jon Halapio, the Patriots' sixth-round draft choice out of Florida (179th overall):

Terms: 4 years, $2,343,100
Signing bonus: $123,100
2014 base salary: $420,000
2015 base salary: $510,000
2016 base salary: $600,000
2017 base salary: $690,000

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Rookie contracts are slotted, so there isn't much negotiation involved, which helps explain why so many rookies around the NFL are signing their contracts quickly. Another point to consider is how lower rookie salaries are often kinder to a team's salary cap than many contracts for veterans. One example of this is how the total value of Halapio's deal over four years ($2.3 million) is still less than what starting right guard Dan Connolly is scheduled to earn in 2014 ($3 million). This is why teams often talk about the importance of developing young talent, and Halapio, who played right guard at Florida, was one of three offensive linemen drafted by the Patriots this year.