Despite missing the entire 2010 season, the New England Patriots are banking safety Josh Barrett can have an impact once a new labor agreement is reached.
The team re-signed the 26-year-old to a two-year, $1.75 million contract on Friday.
Barrett will earn $725,000 next season and $775,000 in 2012 according to ESPNBoston.com. His deal includes a $250,000 signing bonus.
The Patriots claimed Barrett off waivers last August after he underwent shoulder surgery and was subsequently released by the Denver Broncos.
He is primarily a special teams player, but New England may be looking for a little more out of him.