Patriots contract details for Ellis, Light, Carter


Patriots contract details for Ellis, Light, Carter Staff Follow @csnnewengland
Robert Kraft said the reason the Patriots have been able to go on a relative shopping spree this preseason is because they planned for this very scenerio before the lockout hit.

The Pats front office must have done a lion's share of planning because between re-signing Logan Mankins and signing newly acquired Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, they've been quite busy.

Here's the contract breakdown on a few more notable Patriots:

Shaun Ellis got a 1-year 4 million dollar deal that's parceled up into a few pieces, according to ESPN. He got a 1.5 million base salary, a 750,000 signing bonus and a 1.75 million roster bonus.

Matt Light got a two-year deal that's worth 12 million, the Associated Press reported. He got a 6 million signing bonus, and 1 million in base salary for 2011. In 2012 he'll have a 3.4 million base salary and get a 100,000 workout bonus.

ESPN also reported that Andre Carter received a one-year deal with a base salary of 1.75 million and a 500,000 signing bonus.

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.