Patriots lock up Garoppolo to four-year deal

Patriots lock up Garoppolo to four-year deal
June 2, 2014, 3:45 pm
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The Patriots announced on Monday that they've signed second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports that the team locked up the the quarterback out of Eastern Illinois to a four-year deal worth $3.3 million with a signing bonus of $853,744.

Garoppolo was taken with the No. 62 overall pick after completing a college career that included 45 starts and 1,047-of-1,668 passing for 13,151 yards and 118 touchdowns. As a senior he threw for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and was given the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Football Championship Subdivision.

The Patriots now have signed all of their 2014 draft picks but one: first-rounder Dominique Easley.

The defensive lineman out of Florida who was taken with the No. 29 overall pick should be inked relatively quickly since NFL rookie salaries are slotted based draft position, leaving the amount of guaranteed money as one of the few sticking points of rookie negotiations. San Francisco safety Jimmie Ward (the No. 30 overall pick) was reportedly signed to a deal worth $7.113 million, providing a potential range for where Easley's deal could fall.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, all first-round picks receive four-year deals with team options for a fifth year.