Patriots rumors: Salary details of Shilique Calhoun, Dan Vitale contracts revealed

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots have lost several important players in NFL free agency, most notably quarterback Tom Brady, but they've also been busy building their roster for the 2020 season.

Two recent reported deals involve linebacker Shilique Calhoun and fullback Dan Vitale.

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Both players agreed to one-year contracts with the Patriots, and NFL Media's Tom Pelissero tweeted Thursday the financial breakdown of those deals. 

Keeping Calhoun was a good move for the Patriots because free agency has taken a huge toll on their linebacker depth. Veteran linebackers Kyle Van Noy (Miami Dolphins), Jamie Collins (Detroit Lions) and Elandon Roberts (Dolphins) all have departed as free agents this offseason.

Calhoun tallied nine tackles and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Patriots last season. He was primarily used in pass-rushing situations. 

Vitale gives the Patriots more depth at fullback, which could be needed depending on James Develin's availability. Develin was placed on injured reserve in September with a neck injury and didn't play again in the 2019 campaign.

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