Another ex-Pat finds a new home


Some little things to hit on this Sunday morning, which looks like a terrible one for the St. Patrick’s Day parade …

* Tight end Chris Baker, released by the Patriots just before the start of free agency, was signed by Seattle yesterday, in case you missed it. At $4.75 million over two years, Baker becomes the first free-agent to commit to the Seahawks, who have done a lot of flirting (including playing footsies with another couple of New England UFAs in Benjamin Watson and Leigh Bodden) on the market.

* Gary Guyton took home $349,437 in performance-based pay, which ranked him third in the NFL. A quick explanation: This is a way the league rewards players in the lower salary range that have high play-time percentages. Almost always, the guys with high payouts are young players who were drafted low (or, in Guyton’s case, not drafted at all) and played a lot. Vikings C John Sullivan (a former sixth-round pick) took Matt Birk’s place in Minnesota. Bears CB Zack Bowman, behind Sullivan and ahead of Guyton in second, is a former fifth-round pick who took Nathan Vasher’s place in the Chicago starting lineup.

* Finally, our pal Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk takes a detailed look at the lack of movement in free agency. I mentioned this last week in my Sunday Notes — The market for elite players hasn’t changed. The mid-level guys are the ones taking the hit here.


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