Brandon King's extension highlights challenging dynamic for restricted FAs
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By Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have signed core special-teams player Brandon King to a two-year, $2.6 million extension through the 2019 season, which is a deal that highlights how King chose stability and security over possibly making more money by playing things out as a restricted free agent this offseason.

Here are the details of the contract:

Signing bonus: $400,000

2018

Base salary: $775,000

Roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game)

Salary cap charge: $1.17 million

2019

Base salary: $925,000

Roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game)

Salary cap charge: $1.375 million

Had King not signed the contract, the Patriots would have either tendered him as a restricted free agent (the lowest level is projected at $1.9 million) or simply not placed a tender on him (which would make him an unrestricted free agent).

If King and his agent Sean Stellato believed the low tender wasn't a likely option, and King's preference was to stay with the team, this type of extension makes sense because there is now a good chance that King -- who tied for second on the club with eight special-teams tackles last season -- will be with the Patriots over the next two...



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