FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots and linebacker Gary Guyton have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep the former undrafted pick in New England through at least the 2011 season.
“We’re absolutely thrilled, Gary and I both,’’ agent Richard Kopelman said yesterday. “We’re very, very happy with the organization.’’
Guyton was an exclusive-rights free agent, meaning all the Patriots had to do was offer him a $470,000, one-year tender, which they did — but they never sent the follow-up contract.
Kopelman and Guyton didn’t worry, however: They had approached team brass shortly after the season in the hopes of securing a little something more.
Guyton’s deal includes a $650,000 signing bonus, a salary of $505,000 for this year, and a salary of $1 million next year, for a total of $2.155 million.
Summer camp Tedy Bruschi
welcomed 54 children to Gillette Stadium yesterday for his football skills camp, and he was well-supported by current and former teammates. Troy Brown
, Doug Flutie
, Jerod Mayo
, Rob Gronkowski
, and Zoltan Mesko
all served as instructors, as did Boston College star Mark Herzlich
. Bruschi said he keeps the number of kids at the camp low intentionally. “The smaller it is, the more individual attention we can give to the kids,’’ he said. “When Jerod Mayo can properly teach a kid how to tackle, one-on-one, and has the time to do it, they’ll get more out of it, rather than sort of getting lost in the shuffle of a camp that has 100 kids.’’ The children won their spots via an essay contest . . . The Patriots released running back Pat Paschall.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 206-pound rookie out of North Dakota State was one of several undrafted players they had signed.
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