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Three Patriots earn 2013 bonuses

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  January 25, 2013 03:53 PM

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Punter Zoltan Mesko, end Rob Ninkovich and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick saw their 2013 base salaries rise through bonuses earned last season.

Mesko got the biggest bump ($748,000), has his salary went from $575,000 to the restricted free-agent tender of $1.323 million.

Ninkovich saw his base increase $500,000 -- from $900,000 to $1.4 million.

Deaderick got a modest bump of $55,000. He missed an escalator -- likely tied to playing time -- that would have taken his base from $575,000 to at least $1.3 million. He played 34 percent of the defensive snaps this season.

UPDATE: Our friend @nyjetscap said that Deaderick's bump is from the CBA, and that the NFLPA has been slow to update those. So it likely wasn't an escalator.

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