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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Patriots extend Bruschi

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posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 03:11 PM
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Tedy Bruschi to a contract extension through 2007. Bruschi, who acts as his own agent, was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2004 season.

The new deal includes a total base salary of $4.6 million over the next four years, according to the web site of the NFL Players Association.

Bruschi's signing bonus was not disclosed. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Thursday the team does not comment on contract extensions.

Bruschi, 31, was the team's third-round draft choice in 1996. He was second on the team with 137 tackles last season, with two sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

He also scored two touchdowns, and one of them earned him a permanent place in Patriots' lore. After intercepting Miami's Jay Fiedler for the clinching touchdown in a 12-0 victory over the Dolphins on Dec. 7, Bruschi dropped to his knees as teammates swarmed around him.

The crowd responded by throwing fistfuls of snow in the air, giving the appearance of frosty fireworks.


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