Updated: March 28, 2014, 4:53 PM ET
Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
The New England Patriots have re-signed center Ryan Wendell to a two-year contract, according to NFLPA records. The deal carries a maximum value of $8.15 million, the records indicate.
Wendell has been a two-year starter for the team at center, rising through the ranks after beginning his career as an undrafted free agent and once being a member of the team’s practice squad.
The contract includes a signing bonus of $850,000, base salaries of $1 million per season, $2 million roster bonuses per season and up to $1.3 million in playing-time incentives for the 2015 season.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder has started 37 games in his career, all with the Patriots. Though not an overly big center, he has strong technical skills and has held up as a starter.
The Patriots have been busy this offseason, signing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, while also re-signing wide receiver Julian Edelman and restructuring the contract of nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.