This is going to blow you away, but the New England Patriots signed Ted Karras on a pretty cheap deal.
That’s been the calling card for the Pats this offseason, signing players on pretty manageable deals, many of which being backloaded for when the salary cap expands.
Karras re-joined the Patriots this offseason after one year with the Miami Dolphins, and on Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported the details of his contract.
The Patriots signed Karras clearly thinking that David Andrews would not be back, thus positioning Karras to be the starting center. But Andrews pivoted and after briefly testing free agency, decided to come back to New England.
As a result, Karras figures to be the backup center who also can play both guard positions. No matter what, he should see plenty of playing time.
As for what New England is left with now, Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Benzan (@PatsCap on Twitter), indicated that Bill Belichick and Co. are looking at a little north of $20.7 million in space, though that doesn’t account for the Raekwon McMillan, Trent Brown and Montravius Adams deals.
We’re only a week into free agency and about a month away from the draft, so expect at least a little more activity from New England in the coming weeks.