Originally written on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 10/12/11
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We started off today discussing an intriguing contract situation, one that revolves around Wes Welker. And now, we bring you one that’s not very exciting. Still, though, this is how the Patriots keep that offensive line moving, with deals like this. The Patriots have extended reserve guard Ryan Wendell through the 2013 season. The move was actually made official in mid-September, but I just came across the news today, via a source. The Fresno State product, who is the first guard or center in off the bench, is slated to earn $750,000 in 2012 and $815,000 in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder, who began on the practice squad in 2008, was already on the books for $525,000 for this season. The two-year extension didn’t give him a signing bonus. But Wendell is to receive a total of $300,000 worth of option bonuses (one per year) over the course of the deal, along with $50,000 workout bonuses each year. Not a bad deal for both sides… which explains why they did it.
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