The long-time Jets defensive end joined the Patriots this week and after seeing the contract details it's easy to see why. The Jets offered him a one-year deal worth $910,000 while the Patriots gave him $4 million on a one-year deal with an extra million in incentives.
That's a lot of money for a veteran defensive end and the fact that he could have joined the Jets may have motivated the Patriots to make a bigger offer. It also suggests to us that Ellis has the inside track for the Patriots starting job.
Ellis has spent his entire 12-year career with the Jets accumulating 72.5 sacks in an impressive career. Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wouldn't wish Ellis well now that he's gone to a division rival (but did say he hopes he stays healthy).