Sunday, February 12, 2006
Normally, a franchised player receives a one-year salary equal to the average of the top-five salaries at his position. But if the player already is the highest-paid at his position -- as Vinatieri is -- he gets a 20 percent raise over the previous season. Last year, Vinatieri's 20 percent raise gave him a salary of $2,509,000. If the Pats franchise him again, they'll pay him $3,010,800 in 2006.
Asked whether he had an inkling on which way the Patriots would go, Vinatieri said: 'I don't. That number gets pretty high, and I know that in the past they don't want to be at the top of the scale (for a position).'"
The Patriots need to work out a longterm deal with Adam, as he gives them a competitive advantage and obviously isn't subject to the injury risk of regular position players-In this case, the risk of a significant decline is minimal.