Stroud had 150,000 reasons to sign before March 4

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We didn’t quite understand the flurry of signings last week, from the perspective of the players.  Why rush to do a deal when there will be deals to be done once new rules are in place?

For defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, doing a deal meant adding $150,000 to his personal lockout fund.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports, and we’ve confirmed, that Stroud’s new deal with the Patriots includes a $150,000 signing bonus.  The deal also includes a $1.2 million base salary in 2011, and a base salary of $1.7 million in 2012.

We’re also told that, for 2011, Stroud is in line for a $200,000 roster bonus.  The date on which it’s payable isn’t known.  He also can receive a workout bonus of more than $100,000, and he’s eligible for $450,000 in incentives.

He has another $450,000 in incentives available in 2012, along with a workout bonus of more than $108,000.

It’s a deal that screams out “backup,” with an apparent opportunity to get some more money if he ends up actually playing.