Patriots reportedly signing hybrid offensive player Ty Montgomery
The Patriots are making hybrid wide receiver/running back Ty Montgomery their first external signing on the offensive side of the ball in free agency. According to Josina Anderson, the Patriots and Montgomery agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $4 million on Thursday.
Montgomery, who turned 29 last month, entered the league as a third-round pick of the Packers in 2015. Originally just a slot receiver, he began splitting time at running back in 2016 and has done so for most of his career. He also has experience as a kick returner.
Last season with the Saints, Montgomery had 44 catches and 16 carries, totaling 139 all-purpose yards with a 34 percent usage rate in an offense that ranked towards the bottom of the league. He also took on a bigger role covering kicks, playing a career-high 180 special teams snaps and recording a career-high 10 tackles.
Adding Montgomery fills multiple needs for the Patriots. Following the departure of Brandon Bolden, Montgomery adds another option and depth behind James White (who re-signed earlier this week) as well as someone who can cover in the kicking game. He also can return kicks and provides depth at the slot receiver position, roles previously held by now-free agent Gunner Olszewski.
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