Daniel Ekuale, a defensive tackle with the New England Patriots, may have just encountered a major obstacle on the way to clinching a roster position for 2022.
Ekuale will miss the opening two games of the 2022 NFL season, according to ESPN. His suspension’s cause has not yet been made public.
Ekuale first joined the league in 2018 as a rookie free agent from Washington State. He played with the Cleveland Browns for his first two seasons and the Jacksonville Jaguars for his final two.
In September 2021, Ekuale signed a contract with the Patriots practice squad. Although he spent the whole season on the practice squad, he was frequently promoted to the game-day roster, both as a regular elevation and as a COVID-19 substitute.
These promotions allowed Ekuale to play in seven regular-season games and one postseason game in 2021. With 115 defensive snaps under his belt, the 28-year-old racked up six tackles, two quarterback hits, and two sacks.
As the 2021 season comes to a close, Ekuale’s increased playing time suggests that he might be ready for a bigger depth role at the position in 2022.
As the 2021 season proceeded, Ekuale earned praise from his teammates and coaches for his hard work and adaptability, especially from head coach Bill Belichick, who said this about Ekuale’s play in the stretch:
Ekuale was anticipated to compete fiercely for a position on the Patriots’ roster in 2022 after signing a future contract with them earlier this year. He would, at the very least, be a strong candidate to benefit from the league’s May-released favorable amendments to the regulations governing the retention of practice squad members.
He took to social media to publish a series of images implying that he had inked a new contract with the Patriots because he was delighted about the chance to stay in New England for the upcoming season.
How Much Does Daniel Ekuale Make?
Daniel Ekuale makes an average of $1,110,000 per year. Ekuale will earn a base salary of $857,778, a signing bonus of $75,000, a roster bonus of $45,000, and a workout bonus of $25,000 in 2022, with a cap hit of $1,002,775.