A look at Patriots' rookie allotment


A look at Patriots' rookie allotment

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

Dont'a Hightower, No. 25

Tavon Wilson, No. 48

Jake Bequette, No. 90

Nate Ebner, No. 197

Alfonzo Dennard, No. 224

Jeremy Ebert, No. 235

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."