Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/23/12
The Patriots essentially bought out Kyle Love’s exclusive rights year and restricted free agency year by giving him this 2 year, 3.09 million dollar deal. Love, a 2010 undrafted free agent, was set to make $540,000 this season and somewhere between 1-2 million in 2013 under a restricted free agent tender, so the Patriots are probably giving him more money than he ordinarily would have made, without getting him under team control for an extra year. It’s tough to figure out what the Patriots were trying to accomplish with this deal, especially with someone like Love, a solid run stuffer and a versatility rotational player, but a one dimensional player who doesn’t do anything in terms of rushing the passer. He had just 2 sacks, 3 quarterback hits, and 14 quarterback pressures on 384 pass rush snaps last season, including playoffs (5.0%). Unless he has a major breakout year this year, I don’t get the purpose of this deal, but he’s not overpaid or anything. Grade: B
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