Patriots, OT Marcus Cannon Agree to Five-Year Contract Extension

  • Patriots, OT Marcus Cannon Agree to Five-Year Contract Extension

Patriots, OT Marcus Cannon Agree to Five-Year Contract Extension

ESPN and NFL Network reported on Tuesday that the Patriots signed Cannon to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

The Patriots 2011 fifth-round pick has started 20 games including two postseason games over the past two seasons, and his new contract is expected to end offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer's time in New England.

Marcus Cannon may be a bit of a surprise first signing for the New England Patriots given his up-and-down career for the Patriots but he finally seems like he is settling in at the right tackle position. I still have to come out here and do things better.

On top of this move meaning that Cannon is going to be around for a while, it also means that Sebastian Vollmer, who is now on IR and a free agent at the end of the season, won't be. He works hard. A quiet kid but he's very dependable, team oriented. "That was my ultimate goal to play here forever, but we'll see". "More studying, getting in better shape", he said.

The emergence of Marcus Cannon has been one of the surprising success stories of the New England Patriots' 2016 season. Marcus Cannon, who spent much of last season playing left tackle in place of injured tackle Nate Solder, is a traditional right tackle and being back where he feels most natural may have helped him a great deal. He's also looked better since reportedly dropping weight.

"A lot of things help". Much of that improvement can be attributed to the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. "I've still got to prove that I'm worthy of that. I'm never just happy with where I'm at", said Cannon.

"Just doing everything that he tells us to do as an offensive line and trying to get better every day", he said.