Patriots make Joe Cardona highest-paid long snapper in NFL

The New England Patriots have made long snapper Joe Cardona the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL.

Former Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty broke the news that the Patriots had agreed to bring back the specialist for a ninth season on Thursday. However, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero followed that report up on Friday with the contract details putting Cardona on a four-year, $6.3 million deal worth up to $6.7 million with incentives.

It’s a hefty deal for a specialist, but Cardona has long been a dependable player for the Patriots. There’s a reason why he’s the second-longest tenured player on the roster behind Matthew Slater.

Cardona’s presence in the locker room must have equally been a factor in this deal coming together. The Patriots felt the need to lock down a difference-maker both on and off the field.

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Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire