A look at Patriots' rookie allotment

A look at Patriots' rookie allotment
May 14, 2012, 2:55 pm
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Thanks to last week's minicamporientation, the Patriots rookies now know how to get to the stadium, where to park, how to get to the locker room and where the practice field is.

Learning to hide from the media in the trainer's room comes later.

The other big curiosity for any new employee also has to be nagging these young men though: When do I get paid and how much?

Because of the adjustments made to the new CBA, there's not a lot of mystery.

There is an allotment for every rookie player based on where he was drafted and a total allotment the team cannot exceed. There is also a minimum amount a team can pay in base salary, signing and workout bonuses and performance incentives.

Second-round pick Tavon Wilson, for instance, has already signed his deal. The 48th overall pick had a maximum allotment of 766,891 in Year One and a minimum allotment of 598,533 according to figures obtained by Comcast Sportsnet (thanks to my CSN Bay Area compadre Matt Maiocco on this).

The Patriots total allotment for their seven rookies in 2012 is 5,402,958. Their total allotment for the rookies over the life of all contracts is 29,716,269.

Here are the respective Year One Formula Allotments for each of the Patriots seven picks.

Chandler Jones, No. 21
1,486,091

Dont'a Hightower, No. 25
1,404,364

Tavon Wilson, No. 48
766,891

Jake Bequette, No. 90
524,950

Nate Ebner, No. 197
414,150

Alfonzo Dennard, No. 224
404,462

Jeremy Ebert, No. 235
402,050