The Patriots have had a busy week of business with their offensive tackles.
After finalizing a contract extension with Nick Kaczur through 2012, the club has also struck an extension with backup Mark LeVoir through 2011, the Boston Globe has learned.
The extension is an indication that LeVoir, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a shoulder injury, is part of the team’s short- and long-term future.
LeVoir, who enters his third NFL season, received a $400,000 signing bonus and is also due a $25,000 roster bonus in 2009.
He will earn base salaries of $460,000 in 2009, $550,000 in 2010 and $690,000 in 2011. The deal also includes workout bonuses of $50,000 in both 2010 and 2011.
The former Notre Dame blocker was entering the final year of his contract in 2009.
LeVoir (6-7, 310) was initially claimed off waivers from the Rams on Sept. 1, 2008. He appeared in every game for the Patriots last season, making two starts at right tackle.
The Patriots now have four of their top offensive tackles under contract for multiple years -- starters Matt Light (2010) and Nick Kaczur (2012), and backups Sebastian Vollmer (2012) and LeVoir (2011).
Another top backup tackle, Ryan O’Callaghan, enters the final year of his pact in 2009.