The Patriots and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer have agreed to a new contract that will keep the 2009 second-round pick in New England for four more years.
USA Today reported that the contract is for $17 million, including a $7 million signing bonus and another $1.25 million in guaranteed money. The deal has a maximum value of $27 million, which can be gained through bonuses and incentives.
Vollmer drew little interest on the open market, and he wanted to remain with the Patriots; those two things led to New England getting a key member of their offensive line -- a player who has been All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in his career -- for a reasonable price.
When Vollmer is healthy, he is one of the two or three best right tackles in the NFL. Through the first 10 games of last season, he allowed just one sack. But he missed Week 12 against the Jets (back was listed on the injury report, though it was his knee) and had some troubles the rest of the season.
Vollmer had a scope on his right knee last month.