A look at Patriots' rookie allotment

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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
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

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.