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Patriots negotiating with Antowain Smith

The Patriots must pay veteran tailback Antowain Smith, who struggled during the regular campaign but once again proved his value in the postseason, a $500,000 roster bonus by Monday or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. The stipulation is part of the five-year contract renegotiation Smith signed with the Patriots on March 4, 2002.

Updated: February 9, 2004, 9:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

One week into their reign as Super Bowl champions, with barely enough time to savor their second title in three years, the New England Patriots are already confronting the first difficult personnel decision of the offseason.

The Patriots must pay veteran tailback Antowain Smith, who struggled during the regular campaign but once again proved his value in the postseason, a $500,000 roster bonus by Monday or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. The stipulation is part of the five-year ...

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