Patriots agree to two-year deal with Wendell

Patriots agree to two-year deal with Wendell
March 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
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The Patriots are betting Ryan Wendell will play more like he did in 2012 than he did in 2013.
The team agreed to a two-year deal with their center, a source told me this afternoon. The value is reported at $6.85M, according to Aaron Wilson.
Wendell will receive an $850,000 bonus and salaries of $1M in 2014 and 2015. He’s also down for $2M roster bonuses each year which means the Patriots have protected themselves in case someone comes in and blows away Wendell’s level of play. If he plays well, he’s going to realize the dough.
If he gives the team reason to try and replace him, the money will be in jeopardy.
The estimable Miguel Benzan of breaks down the salary cap info on Wendell here.
Wendell replaced Dan Koppen in 2012 and was one of the league’s real surprises. He backslid in 2013 both physically and mentally at times, blowing (at least to the layman’s eye) some simple assignments.
The Patriots like their centers to be smart, quick, light-footed and able to play with surprising anchoring strength. Expect the team to still mine the draft for a future center even with the re-signing of Wendell.