The Patriots have signed LB Gary Guyton to a two-year contract extension, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.
Although his exclusive-rights tender would have paid him $470,000 on a one-year contract, the team sent him a two-year deal that will pay him $505,000 this year and $1 million in 2011, along with a $650,000 signing bonus, according to the Herald.
With 85 tackles in his second NFL season last year, Guyton earned the third-highest performance-based pay in the league, $349,437, a program that rewards players whose playing time outweighs their relative salary.
"We're absolutely thrilled that the Patriots have done this for him," Guyton's agent, Richard Kopelman, told the Herald. "It's fantastic. 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."
Guyton started all 16 games last season, but he will be challenged by second-round draft choice Brandon Spikes for playing time.
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