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Patriots finalize deal with 1st-round pick Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley was not spotted during Patriots OTAs, though he was seen on the last day of mini camp last week.

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Dominique Easley was not spotted during Patriots OTAs, though he was seen on the last day of mini camp last week.

Patriots’ brass were able to head to their summer vacation with all of their draft picks signed, as the team announced Monday it had finalized a deal with first-rounder Dominique Easley.

Easley, a 6-foot-2-inch, 288-pound defensive lineman, was the 29th overall pick out of Florida. Though he was on a path to being a higher selection, Easley tore his ACL in the Gators’ third game last fall, ending his senior season.

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After not being spotted during Patriots OTA practices open to media over the last four weeks, Easley was present on the final day of minicamp last Thursday, and was a limited participant in drills.

Exact contract terms aren’t yet known, but under the rookie pay scale in the most recent collective bargaining agreement Easley’s four-year deal has a total value of $7.3 million, with a signing bonus of $3.63 million. His deal guarantees about $.5.8 million. Teams can also include a fifth-year option.

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The Patriots also filled their open roster spot Monday, signing 6-foot-5-inch, 305-pound offensive lineman Chris Martin. An undrafted rookie out of Central Florida, Martin started 11 games at right tackle and two at left tackle last fall. He also made five career starts at tight end.

The Patriots begin traning camp July 24.

Ben Volin contributed to this report.
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