New England Patriots

Michigan linebacker Cameron McGrone lines up against Indiana in Big Ten action in 2020. (Michigan Athletics)

The Patriots are now halfway through signing their 2021 draft class. Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported fifth-round pick Cameron McGrone has signed his rookie contract.

McGrone’s deal is a four-year contract worth $3.7 million. His cap hit for 2021 is expected to be around $720,000. However that number could decrease if he spends the season on IR, PUP, or the NFI list. During the draft, Belichick mentioned McGrone may not play in 2021 after tearing his ACL last fall.

In two seasons at Michigan, McGrone recorded 91 tackles – 11 for a loss – in 16 games as an inside linebacker. His injury caused him to fall in the draft at least a round below where he was projected heading into the season.

With McGrone’s signing following Joshuah Bledsoe’s on Thursday, the Patriots now have four of their eight rookies under contract. Oddly enough, so far the players have all been signed in the reverse order that they were picked. If that pattern continues, keep an eye out for Rhamondre Stevenson’s deal soon.

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