CLAYTON: Patriots Gave Ellis $4-million Deal

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August 08, 2011 at 06:07pm ET

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Shaun Ellis got a much better deal to bring his talents to New England. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Shaun Ellis may have been the longest tenured member of the New York Jets, but it was their final offer to him that apparently ended up being the difference in his decision to not return.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, the decision was somewhat of a no-brainer.  The Jets reportedly offered Ellis a 1-year deal worth the veteran minimum ($910,000), while Clayton reports the Patriots offered him $4 million, as well as $1 million in incentives.

What he'll give hem remains to be seen.  There have been conflicting reports about the defensive lineman, who had 5 tackles and two sacks during the Jets playoff win over New England back in January.  Rich Cimini of ESPN New York was on WEEI this afternoon and claimed the free agent lineman "doesn't have much left in the tank", while Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential told Russ Goldman that even though he's 34 'he hasn't lost much.'

Time will tell, but clearly the Patriots feel he can be a contributor this season.