Patriots reportedly sign OL Marcus Cannon to 5-year contract extension

Ryan Hannable
November 29, 2016 - 9:49 am

[caption id="attachment_94889" align="alignright" width="150"]Marcus Cannon Marcus Cannon[/caption] The Patriots have signed one of their upcoming unrestricted free agents. No it's not Dont'a Hightower or Martellus Bennett -- it's right tackle Marcus Cannon. According to ESPN's Field Yates and Mike Reiss, the Patriots and Cannon have agreed on a five-year contract extension. [UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $32.5 million with $14.5 million guaranteed.] Cannon has played very well this season, which likely has had a lot to do with the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. The right tackle likely would have been one of the biggest names in terms of offensive linemen on the market, so the Patriots did a good job signing him early. It also likely means Sebastian Vollmer has played his last game as a Patriot. He is on injured reserve and will be a free agent. "The improvement we've noticed has really been this year," Scarnecchia said during the bye week about Cannon. "We asked him to play a different way and do things differently. He's such a good guy, he really tries to do them that way, and I think he's made great strides. He's improved over the course of this season, and that is all you can ask of any player. He's a big man that moves very well and uses his hands much better in pass protection. He can be a real force in the run game, so I'm pleased with where he is. But neither one of us is satisfied, so we just keep moving forward." For more Patriots news, visit