NEW ORLEANS — New England Patriots defensive tackle Michael Johnson will receive $50 million in guaranteed money in 2018, per a source informed of the team’s plan.
Johnson was scheduled to make $6 million in the first three months of the season, but he missed three games with an ankle injury, and the team will now have to absorb that loss with $15 million in cap space.
The Patriots also will be able to move forward with a $8.9 million signing bonus for the 2018 season.
The $50.9-million figure is the total guaranteed money the Patriots will be allowed to use in the 2018 salary-cap, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
The Patriots have a $1.8-million cap hit for the salary-tax year, with $750,000 of that for the first six weeks of the year.
The rest of that is for the 2017-18 season.
Johnson has been one of the Patriots’ top players over the past few years, and he is expected to be a big part of the defense’s success in 2018.
His contract includes a $6.5 million signing option for the 2020 season, which is the final year of his current deal.
Johnson missed eight games last season due to an ankle issue, and it’s expected the injury will not keep him out of the lineup for a significant amount of time.