The last time we saw Patriots' fullback James Develin on the field he sustained a gruesome season ending leg injury, a broken right tibia, which occurred in an August preseason game. According to Mike Reiss, who wrote yesterday on the topic of Develin's free agency situation, said that Develin has been fully recovered from his injury for around a month, which is obviously good news.
Obviously the decision on whether or not to bring back Develin is a financial one, which Reiss discusses in depth:
So now it’s a matter of finances, with Develin a restricted free agent. The Patriots could tender Develin at the lowest level, which would be $1.6 million on a one-year term and ensure his return.
At this time, that would make Develin the sixth-highest paid fullback in the NFL based on average salary per season. The position generally isn’t a big-bucks spot, with Oakland’s Marcel Reece setting the ceiling at an average of $3.6 million per season, and then it drops to $2.3 million with Buffalo’s Jerome Felton.
If the Patriots view the $1.6 million figure as a reflection of fair market value for Develin, things will come together quickly.
If they don’t, and my hunch is that they won’t, things would then shift toward a Brandon Bolden-type situation. In January 2015, as Bolden was prepared to enter an offseason in which he was a restricted free agent, he and the Patriots agreed to a two-year, $2.32 million contract extension.
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