Report: Marcus Cannon receives 2-year, $9 million extension from Patriots

Mike Petraglia
December 11, 2014 - 3:15 pm

[caption id="attachment_79090" align="alignright" width="150"]Marcus Cannon Marcus Cannon[/caption] The Patriots didn't want Marcus Cannon hitting free agency. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the fourth-year lineman out of Texas Christian and the Patriots have come to an agreement on a two-year, $9 million contract extension. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season after signing his four-year, $2.338 million rookie contract with New England in July 2011. Cannon is being rewarded for his versatility and the depth he provides on the Patriots' offensive line. But the bigger factor could be the upcoming fifth-year option of $7.43 million potentially due left tackle Nate Solder. Cannon started the first three games of the season at left guard before moving to his current role as third tackle and tackle eligible, a role he shares with Cameron Fleming. With Fleming having missed eight of the last nine games with finger and knee injuries, that role has fallen primarily to Cannon. The Patriots drafted Cannon in the fifth round of the '11 draft, with the 138th pick, acquired in a trade from the Houston Texans. Cannon was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the pre-draft process. His value dropped, allowing the Patriots to take a chance on the big lineman. At TCU's pro day in March 2011, Cannon was measured at 349 pounds. Although he played offensive tackle throughout his TCU career, the Patriots listed Cannon as an offensive guard when announcing the pick. Weighing in at 358 pounds at the NFL Combine, Cannon was the heaviest player ever drafted by the Patriots, and the second-heaviest player in team history after nose tackle Ted Washington. Cannon began the 2011 season on the Non-Football Injury list as he recuperated from his chemotherapy treatment, which took place during the NFL lockout. Cannon was activated to the 53-man roster after the Patriots' Week 10 game against the New York Jets, and saw his first snaps in the NFL at right tackle on the Patriots' final drive against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. Cannon was selected as the Patriots' recipient for the Ed Block Courage Award. After Sebastian Vollmer went on injured reserve in late October 2013, Cannon started the rest of the season at right tackle. This season, Cannon has provided even more depth on the exterior of the line, serving as a tackle eligible when the Patriots got into their "jumbo" sets.