New England Patriots

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) throws the ball against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots continue to take care of their own as NFL free agency approaches. After giving a new deal to safety Devin McCourty and tendering wide receiver Jakobi Meyers Sunday night, it was reported Monday morning that the team will also bring back quarterback Brian Hoyer and offensive lineman James Ferentz for 2022.

Both moves were first reported by Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Hoyer’s deal is for two years. Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald the contract is worth $3 million guaranteed.

Hoyer, 36, is currently in his third stint with the Patriots, and first joined the team as a UDFA in 2009. This time around, he’s played an important role in working with young quarterback Mac Jones.

Ferentz has been with the Patriots since 2017, bouncing between the practice squad and active roster. The 32-year-old can play both guard and center, and has appeared in 27 games in four seasons in New England, making six starts. In 2021, he played in three games with two starts.

With these deals done, the Patriots have 18 remaining pending free agents. Short of any further deals, they’ll all hit the open market when the legal tampering period begins Monday at noon. For full free agency coverage, be sure to check out the 98.5 The Sports Hub NFL Free Agency Tracker.

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