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Closer look at Patriots' deals for James Develin and Ramon Humber

Taking a closer look at the one-year contracts signed by fullback James Develin and linebacker Ramon Humber with the New England Patriots:

James Develin

Base salary: $675,000

Signing bonus: $50,000

Workout bonus: $25,000

Incentives (playing time): $150,000

Analysis: Develin was a restricted free agent, and this was a situation where the team didn't plan to tender him at the low level of $1.6 million. That led the sides to discuss alternative scenarios, which ultimately resulted in a one-year deal with a maximum value of $900,000. This reflects how Develin placed a greater value on returning to the Patriots, rather than seeking more money elsewhere. It also shows a willingness to take less money on a one-year deal so he could hit unrestricted free agency in 2017. That was a different approach than the one taken by offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, who was also a restricted free agent and elected for a two-year deal. Develin, a hard-nosed fullback, didn't play in 2015 after breaking a tibia in the preseason.

Ramon Humber

Base salary: $885,000

Signing bonus: $25,000

Reporting bonus: $25,000

Roster bonus: $30,000 (per game)

Salary cap: $676,250

Analysis: Humber will compete for a backup role at linebacker and also projects to serve a core special teams role, and this contract reflects it. The first thought I had was that this is a Tracy White-type deal, as White was a solid special teams player who was with the team from 2010-12 on similar contracts. The salary cap charge is lower than the salary, as this deal qualifies for the minimum salary benefit.