The Facts: Heading into his final season of a three-year deal, Burkhead has reworked his contract.
Diehards Line: According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the running back will be taking a pretty noteworthy pay cut to stay in New England. Burkhead will get $550,000 to sign the new deal but his base salary will drop from $2.5 million to $1.05 million in 2020. The Patriots have been strapped to the salary cap, so saving almost $1 million gives them so much needed flexibility. Meanwhile, Burkhead would clearly rather play in New England on a cheaper deal than risk getting cut as a cap casualty.