A league source has confirmed the details of the contract that Patriots cornerback Darius Butler, the third of the team's four second round picks (No. 41 overall) has agreed to. Butler gets a four-year deal for about $4.125 million.
The details of the deal were first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Butler gets more than $2 million guaranteed in the form of a $440,000 roster bonus and a $1.6275 million guaranteed option bonus.
His base salaries will be $310,000 (2009), $395,000 (2010), $582,000 (2011) and $770,000 (2012).
It is a mild surprise that Butler is the first of the Patriots' four second-round picks to sign. He is a client of mega-agent Drew Rosenhaus, who is known as a tough negotiator, but Rosenhaus said it was a "very smooth negotiation."
"I think it's important to be the first one to sign," said Rosenhaus. "The early bird gets the worm. I feel confident that it's a deal that is good for the Patriots and for my client. It will hold up well for everyone involved. I look forward to doing more deals with the Patriots."
Rosenhaus said it helped that he has always had a good working relationship with Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, who is handling the team's contracts now, and that he has always enjoyed working with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
"We have a lot in common; they have four second round picks and so do we, between us we dominate the round," said Rosenhaus. "It was a very smooth negotiation. What helped us get it done is Darius is going to do some great things for Patriots. I believe he'll be a strong contributor."