According to ESPN, the Patriots have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with backup offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.
ESPN reports the deal, through 2016, has a total value of $9 million.
The Boston Globe reports that the deal includes a $3.2 million signing bonus.
Cannon was a fifth-round pick for the Patriots out of TCU in 2011. Considered a much higher prospect, his draft status fell when it was discovered he had cancer. He underwent chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that delayed his rookie debut until Week 11.
After playing seven games as a rookie, Cannon started one of the 16 games he played in 2012. Last season he started six of the 14 games he played, filling in at right tackle for an injured Sebastian Vollmer.
Cannon opened 2014 starting the first three games at guard for a line that struggled mightily. He then spent the next month-plus seeing action as a rotational backup at both left and right tackle. Of late he's gotten reps as an extra blocking tight end.
Over his four seasons the versatile offensive lineman has started 10 of the 50 games he's played in, although he's been unable to secure a full-time job as a starter at either guard or tackle.
Having been set to hit free agency this coming spring with his rookie deal expiring, Cannon will now have a chance to return to New England for the next two seasons and compete for playing time on a line that is set to return four of five current starters next fall, with only left guard and captain Dan Connolly scheduled to be a free agent.
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