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Marcus Cannon reportedly gets a contract extension from the Patriots

Improved line play this season has been critical in the offense's success.

Marcus Cannon (right) and rookie Shaq Mason try to protect Tom Brady against the Cowboys. The Boston Globe

Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was reportedly given a five-year contract extension on Tuesday.

First reported by ESPN’s Field Yates and Mike Reiss, the extension locks down a player who has become indispensable on the New England offensive line in 2016. Here are the reported terms of the deal:

Cannon reportedly slimmed down ahead of the season, allowing a significant improvement in his movement and overall play. At 28-years-old, the extension allows the Patriots the option to keep the 6’5″ lineman through the prime of his career.

In 2011, Cannon was a fifth round pick by the Patriots. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma prior to the draft, receiving successful treatment later in the year.

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