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Apparently first round pick Dominique Easley is, as the New England Patriots officially announced his signing on Monday. He was the final unsigned rookie draft pick of the Patriots.
Easley, who was the 29th overall pick out of Florida, reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $7.3 million, including a $3.63 million signing bonus and $5.89 million guaranteed.
Of course, the defensive end is coming off an ACL tear eight months ago while at Florida, and was only able to join Patriots OTAs for the final day late last week due to his ongoing recovery. It was the second time he tore his ACL during his collegiate career, as he tore his other ACL back in 2011.
The Patriots didn’t have much wiggle room on the contract because the new slotting system essentially dictates terms for both the team and the draftee. Still, Easley’s contract certainly seems on the hefty side for a player with two reconstructed ACLs (one in the past year, although he’ll supposedly be ready for the start of training camp) and therefore almost no game tape from the last year to merit such a contract.
Then again, any seven-digit number seems large to me, so what do I know? I guess I’ll just have to Trust In Belichick as always and see where the Sleeveless Wonder takes the Patriots in the coming season.