Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported on Monday afternoon that rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes has agreed to terms on a contract with the Patriots.
According to the report the deal is for four-years, and will pay him $3.215 million withÂ a signing bonusÂ of $950,000.
His signing now leaves just cornerback Devin McCourty without a contract with just aÂ coupleÂ days to go until the team opens their first public practice at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Â
The rookie first round pick’s dealÂ had been reported as progressing, although Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston reported this morning that the reason whyÂ his negotiations areÂ goingÂ so slow, is that so far only one other first roundÂ draft choice hasÂ signed – Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez BryantÂ -Â which doesn’t give his agent, Andy Simms, the “framework” to build a deal from.
Simms had said last Monday that he had hoped that a deal would have been done before the end of last weekend, but obviously that hasn’t been the case.
âThereâs not a lot to discuss or report at this point, but we are speaking and have been the last couple of weeks,â Simms told the Herald last Monday. âObviously, itâs a slow process. Thereâs some issues with the pending lockout, and working with option bonuses, but weâve pretty much have figured out the best way to structure the deal and Iâm very optimistic weâre going to get a deal done on time and I think the Patriots would say the same thing.â