The Patriots made sure to hold on to one of their running backs with Dion Lewis headed out the door. Rex Burkhead will be back, reportedly agreeing to a "multiyear contract" with the Patriots on Wednesday, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network later reported that the contract is for three years and "heavy on guaranteed money."
Burkhead, 27, gets another go-around with the Pats after signing a one-year, $3.15 million deal a year ago. Burkhead was productive when he had the ball, averaging 4.1 yards per carry with 5 rushing touchdowns and catching 30 of 36 targets for 253 yards and 3 scores. He did that all in just 10 games.
Unfortunately, Burkhead dealt with multiple injuries over the course of his first season in New England. He suffered a rib injury early on then missed time int he second half of the season with a knee injury.
Burkhead only saw four touches in Super Bowl LII, but he made the most of them. He made 3 carries for 18 yards and exploded for a 46-yard catch-and-run to spur a second-quarter drive that ended with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
If he can keep delivering close to the level of production he showed when he took the field, Burkhead could make the loss of Dion Lewis sting a little bit less.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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