Just when you thought the Patriots were done adding big-name free agents, they have struck again. According to Adam Schefter, they are signing former Chargers tight end Hunter Henry to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million.
The deal also includes $25 million guaranteed. Like Henry’s new teammate, former Titans tight end Jonnu Smith, Henry has an AAV of $12.5 million. The 26-year-old has averaged 71 catches, 778 yards, and six touchdowns per 16 games over the past two seasons.
Suddenly, the Patriots’ tight end room gets a massive overhaul with two established talents still in their prime. Expect a return to many more two-tight end looks, which were rare over the past two seasons due to thin personnel at the position.
Henry and Smith are both starting-caliber, so that leaves 2020 third-round pick Devin Asiasi’s short-term outlook in question. The Pats also have Dalton Keene, also a third-rounder in 2020, but he’s not a traditional tight end in the sense that Henry and Smith are.
The Patriots also added at wide receiver on Monday, agreeing to deals with free agents Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.
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