Guard Kendall Simmons' contract with the Patriots is a three-year pact.
It includes base salaries of $620,000 this season, $755,000 in 2010 and $900,000 in 2011.
Simmons received a $280,000 signing bonus.
The deal appears to be a reflection of how highly the Patriots think of Simmons, and that he is part of their short- and long-term plans.
When Simmons signed, my initial feeling was that it would have been a one-year deal at the veteran minimum because he was coming back from an Achilles injury.
Starting guards Logan Mankins (left) and Stephen Neal (right) enter the last year of their contracts. Rookie Rich Ohrnberger, first-year player Ryan Wendell and four-year veteran Dan Connolly are reserves and could potentially be part of the guard mix.