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Patriots Football Daily: Contract Triggers for Patriots Players

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New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown

New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown had his contract reworked early last season. It gave him the ability to collect more money at the time, while still being able to hit free agency in 2024. Nick Korte and Miguel Benzan report there are four upcoming triggers for Patriots players’ 2024 contracts, including Trent Brown.

Trent Brown was the Patriots’ biggest bright spot on offense at the midway point of the 2023 season. However, he had issues with both health and attitude that contributed to a poor second half. Pro Football Focus graded Brown at 80.2 for the 2023 season. Brown recorded only one game score above 62.1 after Week 7. He was critical of the team’s handling of Malik Cunningham, and reportedly told teammates he planned to play in the NFC next season (before the 2023 season was over). While Bill Belichick and the offensive staff might be gone, there are still plenty of people in Foxboro who cannot be thrilled with Brown’s contributions to the team culture last season. A return seems unlikely.

Jalen Mills, also with a deal voiding in March, will presumably be headed to free agency as well. He was featured in a recent Patriots Roster Breakdown segment.

Raekwon McMillan is due a roster bonus in March. He has been with the New England Patriots for two seasons but has only played in one game to date (he did record a sack). McMillan began 2022 on the PUP list and 2023 on IR. Health is a determining factor in what McMillan can bring to the squad. The roster bonus kicks in on Mar. 16 and would pay McMillan $255,000.

Finally, cornerback J.C. Jackson is due a roster bonus of $2 million on that same date. Jackson counts $14.375 million against the New England Patriots salary cap in 2024 if he remains on the roster. Considering Jackson’s struggles on the field last season, not even considering issues off it at this point, there is no scenario in which J.C. Jackson will still be on the Patriots roster to collect that money. He could still return to New England via free agency.

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