Two key points: (1) Aiken's bonus definitely does not count for the vet minimum, since it's a two-year deal. I believe that because of the large workout bonus, and the guarantee of $130,000 (huh?), Webster's contract does not count either. These lead me to believe that the Pats felt they had some competition for these players' services. (2) Somewhat more worryingly, it is possible--not guaranteed, but possible--that these contracts could qualify as "UFAs signed" for determining comp picks (in 2007, $740K + significant playing time counted). This is important, because right now the Pats will earn a third-round comp pick for Asante if they have a net loss of UFAs. If they sign as many as they lose, then they get only a single seventh-round comp pick.