A closer look at the contract that free-agent CB Shawn Springs signed with the Patriots:
It is a three-year pact, with base salaries of $1.75 million in 2009, $2.25 million in 2010, and $2.75 million in 2011.
The deal includes a $2.7 million signing bonus and workout bonuses of $100,000 per year.
This is a sizable deal for the 34-year-old Springs, who will earn $4.55 million this season. The payout reflects that the Patriots are counting on Springs to step into the No. 1 role vacated by Asante Samuel.