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Patriots spend $20k for four days of a rookie’s time

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The Patriots cutting undrafted rookie linebacker James Morris this week wasn’t the kind of thing that normally creates headlines, or attention at all.

But the move was a costly one for them.

According to Mike Reiss of, cutting Morris with a “failed physical designation” cost them $20,000, since he had been given a $10,000 signing bonus and a $10,000 guarantee on his base salary.

Though he was undrafted, that kind of commitment indicates they wanted him hanging around.

Of course, there’s a real chance that when he’s well (from whatever happened to him in his four days in New England), they’ll bring him back. Until then, his hourly rate is pretty good.

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18 Responses to “Patriots spend $20k for four days of a rookie’s time”
  1. shackdelrio says: May 23, 2014 8:24 AM

    Thats the plot for Pretty Woman 2.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: May 23, 2014 8:27 AM

    In NFL terms, that doesn’t sound very costly at all. Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb are what I’d call costly mistakes at the NFL level haha.

  3. 700levelvet says: May 23, 2014 8:28 AM

    Hernandez is paying for it… No big deal

  4. awdlmd says: May 23, 2014 8:32 AM

    I bet they just want to stash him on IR.

  5. pats777 says: May 23, 2014 8:36 AM

    Well, if they can prove he failed to disclose an injury when he signed, they can get the money back. Then again, it’s only $20k, not $4 mil like the Fanene fiasco.

  6. kayakattack says: May 23, 2014 9:04 AM

    what’s 20k to a billionaire?

  7. idothis2 says: May 23, 2014 9:25 AM

    Sounds like Adalius Thomas all over again. Now that was a costly mistake.

  8. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2014 9:37 AM

    A costly mistake is Christian Ponder, not only did you give up the possibility of drafting a very good player at #12 overall, you wasted 3 seasons plus the salary and bonuses paid to him to throw those wobbly passes 4 yards down field.

  9. bigdaddy44 says: May 23, 2014 9:40 AM

    As usual, an awful lot of venom for what looks like a stand up move by the Patriots.

  10. bornahawker says: May 23, 2014 9:40 AM

    Give the kid a few bucks to keep up with bills and maybe he does well at camp. Time will tell

  11. htown995 says: May 23, 2014 10:40 AM

    The vikings worst draft ever will be teddy bustwater

  12. dboldave says: May 23, 2014 10:51 AM

    Now they won’t be able to re-sign Revis!

  13. marima07 says: May 23, 2014 12:40 PM

    Obviously he got injured while working out for them at some point over those four days. That’s the risk for every player brought in.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: May 23, 2014 1:08 PM

    Costly ? Really ?

    20k / 130 million salary cap = .000154 % of the total.

  15. lucimorland says: May 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    It won’t count against the cap. Only the top 51 salaries count, and 20k isn’t going to break that.

  16. jchipwood says: May 23, 2014 4:51 PM

    What idiots! 20 grand or not just shows the dysfunction of the organization.

  17. ztigr says: May 24, 2014 12:59 AM

    Gee, and the Seahawks gave 500,000 to a kid they found with a heart condition….don’t judge lest ye be judged….

  18. tpsoftballdad says: May 24, 2014 3:56 AM

    Jchipwood thats crazy i’m a 40 year + Steeler fan and i’d hardly call the Patriots a dysfunctional organization this isnt the Browns we were talking about

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