The Patriots’ free agency splash continued on Monday, as they agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million with former Dolphins nose tackle Davon Godchaux. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the deal, which also includes $9 million fully guaranteed.
Godchaux’s primary role is as a stout run-stuffer on the defensive interior. The Patriots ranked 20th in the NFL with 4.5 opposing yards per carry last season, so the run defense was a particular area of need. Godchaux should help shore up that area.
However, the Patriots are also letting Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler go to free agency. So while Godchaux may represent a replacement – or even an upgrade – over one of those two, Bill Belichick will still need to add more depth at defensive tackle.
Worth noting is that Godchaux missed the final 11 games in the 2020 season with a bicep injury. The Patriots apparently aren’t concerned about his health. At 26 years old, Godchaux is firmly in the prime of his career and represents a move toward youth and upside on the Patriots’ roster.
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