New England Patriots

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 08: Damiere Byrd #14 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a running catch while being defended by Jamal Agnew #39 of the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The game ended in a 27-27 tie. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots first external signing of the offseason looks like it will be a prove-it deal.

Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the contract between the Pats and wide receiver Damiere Byrd is a one-year deal, worth up to $2.5 million.

Byrd caught 32 passes in 11 games last year for the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-year-old South Carolina product was underrated in 2015.

While the deal looks affordable, the Patriots are running very low on cap space, and will likely have to make a few moves in order to open money for bigger signings.

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