The Patriots have until 4 p.m. on Wednesday to make decisions on their four restricted free agents. Two of those players situations already seem to have answers, with Jakobi Meyers receiving a second-round tender and Jakob Johnson reportedly being non-tendered.
Gunner Olszewski is also a restricted agent, and like Johnson won’t receive an RFA tender according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. At the lowest level, a tender would have cost the Patriots just over $2.4 million dollars.
That means Olszewski will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins. At the same time, it doesn’t rule out a return to New England for the 2020 All Pro punt returner. The Patriots can still negotiate with Olszewski on a new deal, which they’re expected to do as first reported by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.
Last season, Olszewski returned 26 punts for 309 yards, averaging 11.9 yards per return. He played a limited role on offense, catching two passes for 31 yards.
The Patriots’ final remaining RFA is tight end Troy Fumagalli, who was signed last May and spent the entire season on IR. He’ll likely be untendered as well.
NFL Free Agent Tracker: Wednesday, March 16
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