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.