The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with rookie defensive back Darius Butler today. According to Butler's agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Patriots second round pick signed a four-year deal with New England.
"We are excited to announce that Darius Butler has agreed to terms on a 4 year deal with the Patriots," Rosenaus wrote on his twitter page.
A league source told Profootballtalk.com that Butler's deal includes no signing bonus, but includes a $440,000 roster bonus and an option bonus of $1.6275 million, which is guaranteed.
According to the report Butler will have base salaries of $310,000 this season, $395,000 in 2010, $582,500 in 2011, and $770,000 in 2012. The contract also reportedly includes a $150.000 bonus commonly known as a "falling off the log" bonus which rewards players for minimum playing time incentives.
New England Patriots rookie defensive back Darius Butler (27) works on a drill with defensive back Marcus McClinton, left, during football minicamp at the team's football facility in Foxborough, Mass., Friday morning, May 1, 2009 Chung was the Patriots' first pick in the 2009 rookie draft chosen in the second round as the 34th pick overall. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Connecticut product was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft (41st overall).
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