Patriots reportedly renegotiate two players' contracts after falling just short of incentives last season

Ryan Hannable
March 20, 2019 - 10:20 am

Who said the Patriots have bad culture?

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have re-worked two players' contracts since they fell just short of earning playing incentives last season.

Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy played 49.6 percent of the snaps last year, but needed to play 50 percent to earn an extra $400,000. This week, the Patriots tweaked his contract to give him a $400,000 signing bonus to make up for the $400,000 that was narrowly missed last season. 

The same goes for running back James White. White could have earned $250,000 if he played 60 percent of the snaps and totaled 1,200 total yards, but he played 53.6 percent of the snaps and finished with 1,176 yards. So, the Patriots gave him a $250,000 signing bonus.

This does impact the 2019 salary cap, but not by much since the bonuses are relatively small.

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