We don’t know the terms yet, but since some of you guys dearly need some good news when the wide receiver room basically looks like Julian Edelman and Braxton Berrios playing ping-pong with Matt Slater occasionally popping his head in like “I got next”, we figured we’d better break this to you all sooner rather than later:
Source: WR Phillip Dorsett is heading back to the #Patriots on a 1-year deal. An opportunity to prove-it and hit free agency next year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
Can confirm @RapSheet report that Phillip Dorsett will be back with the Patriots. One-year deal.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) March 14, 2019
Interestingly, and unsurprisingly given the way the wide receiver market prices are higher than lobster around this time of year, there were a few other teams in the mix for Phil too, and he decided to stay in blue and white anyway.
The Bucs and Giants were also in the mix for Dorsett. He chose to run it back with the Patriots on a one-year deal.— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) March 14, 2019
Given that RapSheet’s phrasing of “prove-it” probably isn’t an accident, it’ll be particularly interesting to see what his guaranteed money comes in at; we know it’s almost certainly not Devin Funchess money at $13,000,000 a year (a phrase I truly never thought I’d type), and if the Patriots let Cordarrelle Patterson walk on a 2-year, $10 million deal, it’s probably a safe bet Dorsett’s money is also not quite at Julian Edelman’s $4.5 million cap hit for ‘19 either.
Anyway, let’s remember that Phil played some of his best ball while Chris Hogan played some of his worst and power through till the weekend.
UPDATE #1: Apparently Dorsett was a little more popular than we thought, per ProJo’s Mark Daniels:
Teams that were showing interest in Phillip Dorsett were Tampa Bay, Seattle, Houston and the N.Y. Giants, per source. Dorsett is betting on himself as he chose to return to the Patriots for another year.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) March 14, 2019