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.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.