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

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."