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Closer look at Dominique Easley's deal

6/24/2014

Taking a closer look at the contract signed by New England Patriots top draft choice Dominique Easley.

Overall terms: Four years, maximum value of $7,303,550 (note: as is customary for all first-round deals, this includes a fifth-year team option)

Total guaranteed money: $5,887,611

Signing bonus: $3,631,672

2014 compensation

Base salary: $420,000 (guaranteed)

Cap number: $1,327,918

Cash value: $4,051,672 (base salary plus signing bonus)

2015 compensation

Base salary: $751,980 (guaranteed)

Cap number: $1,659,898

Cash value: $751,980 (base salary)

2016 compensation

Base salary: $1,083,959 (guaranteed)

Cap number: $1,991,877

Cash value: $1,083,959 (base salary)

2017 compensation

Base salary: $1 million (non-guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $415,939 (non-guaranteed)

Cap number: $2,323,857

Cash value: $1,415,939

Quick-hits: There aren't many bells and whistles to Easley's deal, as has proven to be the case with rookie contracts under the collective bargaining agreement. Based on where he was drafted, this deal aligns with other players in terms of guaranteed money. While players drafted further up the board have had their entire contract guaranteed, Easley falls into the range where players have just their first three years guaranteed. Because of our limited exposure to him this offseason, we look forward to seeing more of Easley in camp.