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8:35 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Punter Jake Bailey, a 2020 first-team All-Professional, agreed to...

8:35 AM ET

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Punter Jake Bailey, a 2020 first-team All-Professional, agreed to a four-year contract with the New England Patriots price $13.5 million, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal runs by way of the 2025 season and consists of $6.5 absolutely assured, per Schefter.

Bailey was getting into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract, and carried a salary-cap cost of $4.05 million — the second highest of any punter within the NFL.

The extension is anticipated to decrease his cap cost about $1.85 million, rising the Patriots’ total cap house to about $4.75 million.

Whereas the workforce good points cap aid, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Bailey — who entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft selection out of Stanford — earns some long-term safety.

He punted 49 occasions final season and posted a 47.3-yard common (eighth within the NFL) and 39.6 web (21st within the NFL). He additionally handles kickoff and holding duties.

Bailey’s highly effective leg is particularly useful to the Patriots when climate situations flip colder and windier later within the season in New England. Coach Invoice Belichick locations a notable emphasis on successful the field-position battle, and Bailey has usually been efficient in serving to the workforce accomplish that.

In 2020, when he was named first-team All-Professional, Bailey punted for a 48.7 common and 45.6 web, with simply 5 touchbacks.

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