BREAKING - Is Mike Patterson an Unrestricted Free Agent?

In my mind, he was signed through 2016, making the following per year:

2011: $1,400,000, 2012: $2,100,000, 2013: $2,900,000, 2014: $3,650,000, 2015: $4,900,000, 2016: $6,250,000

Those are very team-friendly numbers.  However, it has come to my attention that Mike Patterson is a free agent.

The source is J.I. Halsell, who appears to be legit:

Jimmy "J.I." Halsell
Halsell (pronounced Hall-Sell), in addition to authoring this blog, is the Salary Cap Analyst for FootballOutsiders.com, where he pens the salary cap and player contract column entitled "Under the Cap;" Halsell is also a contributor to ESPN.com and frequent guest on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live." Halsell has 4 seasons worth of NFL Salary Cap and Player Contract experience. For 2 seasons, he was the Salary Cap Analyst for the Washington Redskins, where he played a role in every player contract negotiation to occur during that period (contracts include LaRon Landry, Clinton Portis, & Chris Cooley, amongst others). Prior to his tenure with the Redskins, he worked for 2 years for the NFL's labor relations department, the Management Council. Halsell is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and received his MBA in Sport Management from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.

I'll be speaking with Halsell later this afternoon to get some more details [Note by JimmyK, 02/11/11 10:56 AM EST - we've also reached out to Patterson's agent], but this appears to be awful news.  If Patterson is indeed a free agent, he'll come at a far more expensive price tag than what we thought he'd be making over the next six years.

H/t to PierrEagles for the find.

[Note by JimmyK, 02/11/11 11:15 AM EST ] - The Eagles are shooting this down.  Working on a report that Jon Gruden and Mike Patterson were spotted together at Olga's Diner in Marlton.

I hope we didn't give Patterson's agent any ideas.

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