New England Patriots

May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Offensive tackle Drew Desjarlais (71) stretches during New York Giants rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots have been active in the reserve/future contract market a week into the offseason. On Wednesday, the team met with offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais and is expected to sign him to such a contract.

Desjarlais meeting with the Patriots was included on Wednesday’s transaction wire. Shortly after, TSN’s Farhan Lalji shared that the 24-year-old is expected to sign a future contract with the Patriots.

New England’s interest in Desjarlais may not come as a surprise to those who follow the team closely. This was the second time the Patriots had met with him – they also hosted him for a workout back on Jan. 3.

The Belle River, Ontario native was a starting guard for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2019 and 2021 (the league did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic). A two-time Grey Cup champion, he was named a CFL West All-Star in 2021. Before that, he played his college football at the University of Windsor in the CIS (Canada’s NCAA). His lone NFL experience came with the New York Giants in their 2019 rookie minicamp.

Once Desjarlais’ deal becomes official, the Patriots will have signed nine players to reserve/future contracts this offseason. Desjarlais is the second player on that list who didn’t spend time with the team during the 2021 season, after offensive lineman Arlington Hambright.

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