A closer look at the contract signed by safety Brandon McGowan with the Patriots:
The two-year pact includes base salaries of $550,000 in 2009 and $730,000 in 2010. McGowan received a $250,000 signing bonus and can earn an additional $100,000 in workout bonuses.
Given the contract, it appears the Patriots might have had some competition in signing McGowan. This looks like a generous deal considering that McGowan is coming off a season in which he appeared in just two games because of an ankle injury.