Patriots reportedly sign right tackle Marcus Cannon to five-year extension

One of Tom Brady's offensive linemen will be sticking around New England for quite some time. The Patriots on Tuesday signed right tackle Marcus Cannon to a five-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2021, according to a report from ESPN.com.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available. It should be noted that the average salary for the 16 right tackles on contracts that run at least four years is approximately $4.9 million per year, so that could give us a decent idea of the salary range we should expect for Cannon.

Cannon had been the team's swing tackle over the first several years of his career, but took over at right tackle last season when Sebastian Vollmer went down with an injury. He has shown great improvement this year and has become a particularly effective mauler in the running game. He has been much better as a pass-blocker this season as well, and is one of just 25 tackles (out of 59 that have been on the field for at least 250 pass-blocking snaps) to have allowed 25 or fewer pressures so far, per Pro Football Focus.

Right tackle has become a much more important position in the passing game over the past few seasons, as more and more rushers have made the left side of the defense their home. A sample of rushers that operate primarily on the defensive left side of the field: Von Miller, Khalil Mack, Justin Houston, Joey Bosa. And that's just in the AFC West. There are also guys like Cameron Wake, Brandon Graham, Cliff Avril, Carlos Dunlap, Ryan Kerrigan, Vic Beasley and more scattered elsewhere around the league.

Anytime you can solidify the position across from those players, especially when you consider that right tackles still generally command far lower salaries than left tackles, it's a solid move.

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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