Originally Posted by stinkypete
I doesn't make sense to pay a rookie long snapper a signing bonus. The guy is here for camp competition and is, best we know, a 50/50 proposition to make the roster. If you're going to pay two signing bonuses for one long snapper you might as well overpay for Lonnie Paxton.
When the Patriots DRAFTED Ingram with the 198th pick, they knew
exactly how much salary and bonus money he would be due. Frankly,
they did the player an injustice drafting him if they did not want to
pay him the going rate. Why didn't they just wait and sign an undrafted
free agent long snapper? Because Ingram was the highest rated LS.
I though that there would be a problem the day they drafted Ingram.
Lonnie Paxton's 2008 salary was the veteran's minimum of $730,000 plus
a $150,000 signing bonus and a $4200 workout bonus. They knew Ingram
was due the minimum salary for four years plus a bonus of about $100,000.
What the Patriots are trying to do is screw the player and his agent by
deferring part of the signing bonus until 2010. As you mentioned above,
Ingram has a 50/50 chance of making the team and ever collecting all of
the bonus money he is due.