These two charts detail the contracts of the Patriots’ incoming and outgoing players

Jason McCourty
Jason McCourty was traded to the Patriots from the Browns. –Ron Schwane / AP, File

This Patriots offseason is apparently brought to us by the letter “V,’’ which, of course, stands for value.

New England acquired 10 new players, but they haven’t had to splurge. Rex Burkhead has the highest value contract, at a modest $13.5 million over three years. Adrian Clayborn has the largest guarantee, $5.5 million for one year.

But the players that have left, boy are they cashing in. Five of the Patriots’ free agents have signed elsewhere, and represent some of the biggest contracts awarded in free agency. Nate Solder signed for $62 million, Malcolm Butler signed for $61.25 million, and Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, and Johnson Bademosi all got nice pay increases by leaving the Patriots.

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The Patriots are clearly going for value and depth over sizzle, as we detail in the charts below. They’re happy to let other teams pay their premium free agents. The average player that has joined the Patriots has a guarantee of $1.7 million, a signing bonus less than $1 million, and a cap number of $2.2 million. The average player that left the Patriots and signed elsewhere has a guarantee of $14.75 million, a signing bonus of $5.85 million, and a cap number of $5.86 million.

Here is a look at the nine players the Patriots have signed (contract information for offensive tackle Matt Tobin is not yet available) versus the five players that have signed elsewhere in free agency.

Incoming players
Player Max Years Max Compensation Years Guaranteed Full Guarantee Signing Bonus 2018 Cap Number
RB Rex Burkhead 3 $13,500,000 2 $5,500,000 $3,000,000 $2,312,500
DE Adrian Clayborn 2 $10,000,000 1 $5,500,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000
WR Cordarrelle Patterson 1 $5,000,000 0 $0 $0 $3,250,000
ST Nate Ebner 2 $5,000,000 1 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $2,025,000
CB Jason McCourty 1 $3,000,000 0 $375,000 $0 $2,968,750
DT Danny Shelton 1 $2,030,955 1 $2,030,955 $0 $2,030,955
RB Jeremy Hill 1 $1,500,000 0 $150,000 $150,000 $1,331,250
ST Brandon Bolden 1 $880,000 0 $170,000 $60,000 $720,000
ST Brandon King 2 $260,000 1 $400,000 $400,000 $1,178,125
OT Matt Tobin n/a
Totals $41,170,955 $15,325,955 $8,810,000 $19,816,580
SOURCE: NFLPA
Outgoing players
Player Max Years Max Compensation Years Guaranteed Full Guarantee Signing Bonus 2018 Cap Number
LT Nate Solder 4 $62,000,000 2 $34,800,000 $16,000,000 $10,000,000
CB Malcolm Butler 5 $61,250,000 2 $24,000,000 $10,000,000 $6,000,000
RB Dion Lewis 4 $23,500,000 1 $5,750,000 $2,250,000 $4,312,500
WR Danny Amendola 2 $12,000,000 1 $5,950,000 $0 $6,000,000
CB Johnson Bademosi 2 $6,250,000 1 $3,250,000 $1,000,000 $3,000,000
Totals $165,000,000 $73,750,000 $29,250,000 $29,312,500
SOURCE: NFLPA