Danny Aiken, long snapper
2013 cap hit: $555,000
The Patriots have finally found a reliable long snapper, and they probably aren’t looking to part ways with him anytime soon. Aiken went undrafted out of Virginia in 2011, but he’s become an important specialist for the Patriots in the two seasons since.
Aiken played in 16 games in both 2011 and 2012, and he hasn’t really stood out on the field at all, which is exactly what you want from your specialists. Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide got his big payday earlier this offseason, with a four-year, $4 million deal, and you’d expect Aiken to get something similar, so long as he doesn’t self-destruct in ’13.