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New England Patriots and punter Jake Bailey agree to four-year, $13.5 million contract

Punter Jake Bailey, a 2020 first-team All-Pro, agreed to a four-year contract with the New England Patriots worth $13.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal runs through the 2025 campaign and includes $6.5 million fully guaranteed, per Schefter.

Bailey, 25, was entering the final year of his rookie contract, and carried a salary-cap charge of $4.05 million — the second highest of any punter in the NFL.

“I’m just so happy and blessed I get a few more years here,” Bailey stated after Monday’s practice, adding that it is a “huge milestone” in his life.

“Any time there is uncertainty, it’s always something in the back of your head. But at our position, you have to be able to compartmentalize and execute, and if you’re not able to do that with whatever is distracting you, you’re not going to play very long.”

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The extension is expected to lower his cap charge by about $1.85 million, increasing the Patriots’ overall cap space to about $4.75 million.

While the team gains cap relief, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Bailey — who entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice out of Stanford — earns some long-term security.

He punted 49 times last season and posted a 47.3-yard average (eighth in the NFL) and 39.6 net (21st in the NFL). He also handles kickoff and holding duties.

Bailey’s powerful leg is especially helpful to the Patriots when weather conditions turn colder and windier later in the season in New England.

Coach Bill Belichick places a notable emphasis on winning the field-position battle, and Bailey has often been effective in helping the team do so.

In 2020, when he was named first-team All-Pro, Bailey punted for a 48.7 average and 45.6 net, with just five touchbacks.

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Las Vegas Raiders agree to 4-year contract extensions with kicker Daniel Carlson, punter AJ Cole

Las Vegas Raiders place-kicker Daniel Carlson, who tied for the NFL lead in scoring last season with 144 points, has agreed to a four-year contract extension, his agent tweeted Wednesday.

The deal is worth $18.4 million with $10.2 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It makes Carlson the league’s third-highest-paid kicker.

Raiders punter AJ Cole also received a four-year extension Wednesday that will make him one of the league’s top-four-paid punters, his agent told NFL Network. Cole’s new deal is worth $12.4 million, including $5.9 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.

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Cole leads the NFL with 51.1 yards per punt. His 42.8-yard net average ranks seventh.

Carlson, 26, was initially a fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 but was cut after two games when he missed three of his first four field goal attempts. The Raiders signed him Oct. 23 of that season.

With the Raiders, Carlson has made 95 of 108 field goal attempts, including 12-of-15 from 50 yards or longer, and 120 of 126 point-after attempts. His 104 points scored this season — 27-for-30 on field goals, 23-for-25 on extra points — are tied for third in the NFL with Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay, behind New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk (128) and Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (108).

Carlson’s combined 60 field goals the past two seasons are the most in the NFL, while his 92.3% conversion rate over that time frame ranks fourth in the league.

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