NFL Rumors: Harvey Langi Earning Hefty Payday From Patriots As UDFA


May 2, 2017

We speculated earlier this week that linebacker Harvey Langi has the best chance of any 2017 undrafted free agent to earn a spot on the New England Patriots’ 53-man roster.

Seeing what the Patriots are paying Langi gives more credence to that prediction.

USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that Langi’s contract with New England includes $115,000 in guaranteed money — a massive amount for a UDFA.

If $115K guaranteed doesn’t sound like a ton of money for a professional athlete, well, it’s not. But it’s far more than most undrafted players can expect to bank from their first NFL contract.

For comparison’s sake, below is a look at what five other Patriots UDFAs are set to make in guaranteed money, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. The highest-paid player on this list, former Central Florida defensive back D.J. Killings, has a guaranteed paycheck of just $31,000, and three of the five will make less than $10,000 guaranteed.

While Langi’s contract is unusual, it’s not overly surprising. The Patriots were linked to the 24-year-old throughout the pre-draft process, working him out at BYU’s pro day and hosting him for a visit at Gillette Stadium.

Langi, who began his college career as a running back, projects as an inside linebacker in the NFL but also played some defensive end for the Cougars. He recorded 74 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and 11 1/2 tackles for loss over his final two collegiate seasons.

It’s also worth noting that another Patriots UDFA, tight end Jacob Hollister, reportedly signed a relatively hefty contract of his own, though not quite as lucrative as Langi’s. Hollister will make $90,000 guaranteed from New England, according to’s Mike Reiss, while his twin brother, wide receiver Cody, will make just $20,000 guaranteed.

Thumbnail photo via Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports Images

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