As a third-year linebacker, the New England Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton said goodbye to his restricted free agency by signing on a two-year contract extension that pays him much more than what would have got from the one-year tender contract. The linebacker was excited about his valued being confirmed by the team, which is his first and only team since he was signed as an undrafted free agent two years ago.
"We're absolutely thrilled that the Patriots have done this for him," Guyton's agent, Richard Kopelman, told the Herald. "It's a fantastic story. He's worked very hard. They know it. We had some discussions with them awhile back. 'Hey, if you could, it'd be great if you could step up and do a little something for Gary this year.' And they told us they would. They were true to their word, which was fantastic."
If the Patriots insisted on only offering Guyton the one-year tender, the linebacker would have to live on a base salary of $470,000, but the new contract raised his salary to $505,000 for 2010 season and $1 million in 2011. Guyton was also offered a $650,000 signing bonus. He previously thought the team would have him put on Vikings jersey to trade for another linebacker or replace him with rookie Brandon Spikes. Now the contract extension apparently secures his job with the team.