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Patriots-Ravens season opener a possibility, more from owners meetings

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  March 18, 2013 06:12 PM

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PHOENIX – A few Patriots-related notes from the league meetings:

Most at the meetings think the Ravens will host the Patriots in the NFL kickoff game on Thursday night, Sept. 5 – and in fact, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the team’s website that he’d be surprised if New England was not the opponent.

There's a conflict with an evening Orioles-White Sox game (both share the same parking lot). The NFL can’t play on Wednesday night because of Rosh Hashanah. Commissioner Roger Goodell is hoping Major League Baseball will move the Orioles game to the daytime, and the NFL could put the start time of the Ravens’ game.

"I called Bud Selig twice and spoke to him about that, trying to work out an accommodation to allow the Orioles game to happen earlier in the afternoon and the Ravens to celebrate their Super Bowl championship with their fans at home,” Goodell said. “We think that’s the right thing. We think it would be a great day. As a kid who grew up an Orioles fan, to have an Orioles game in the afternoon and then go to the Ravens’ Super Bowl championship celebration for the kickoff game would be a great day. We hope that’s the way it happens."

The other alternative is for the Ravens to open on the road, which the NFL wants to avoid.

  • The Patriots have kicked the tires on free-agent right tackle Eric Winston, the former Texans and Chiefs standout. More due diligence in regards to the Sebastian Vollmer situation than anyone.
  • The Patriots have reinstated FB Tony Fiammetta from the reserve/left squad list. Fiammetta left the squad early in training camp to deal with a personal issue, and has been welcomed back with open arms.
A few contracts to pass along. The deal for safety Adrian Wilson has not been seen yet.

WR Donald Jones contract details
Signing bonus: None.
2013 cap: $1,131,250.00
($630,000 base, $200,000 reporting bonus, $125,000 incentives, $14,687/game roster bonus - $176,250 cap value)
2014 cap: $1,415,000.00
($730,000 base, $200,000 reporting bonus, $250,000 incentives, $14,687/game roster bonus - $176,250 cap value)
2015 cap: $1,555,000.00
($730,000 base, $200,000 reporting bonus, $250,000 incentives, $14,687/game roster bonus - $176,250 cap value)
Base salaries are split salaries. Team would only have to pay half if he goes on injured reserve.

Wes Welker's contract with the Broncos
Signing bonus: $4,000,000
Guaranteed money: $12 million for injury, $6 million for skill/cap
2013 cap: $4.150 million
($2 million guaranteed base, $150,000 incentives)
2014 cap: $8 million (guarantees fully if on roster first day of 2014 league year)
($3 million base, $3 million roster bonus, $150,000 not likely to be earned incentives)

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