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2021 NFL free agency: Patriots sign wide receiver Kendrick Bourne to three-year, $22.5 million contract

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The New England Patriots are not yet done making moves on the first day the NFL’s legal tampering window is open. After already agreeing to sign five outside free agency earlier during the day — tight end Jonnu Smith, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, linebacker Matt Judon, defensive back Jalen Mills, wide receiver Nelson Agholor — the Patriots have now plucked another player off the free agency market.

As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, New England and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne have agreed to a three-year contract. The deal will be worth a total of $22.5 million.

A former undrafted rookie, who arrived in the NFL back in 2017, Bourne is coming to New England off the most productive season of his four-year career. Despite two separate stints on the Coronavirus reserve list, he set new highs in receptions (49) and yards (667) during the 2020 season while also catching a pair of touchdowns.

Capable of playing both on the outside and in the slot, the 25-year-old will add youth and versatility to New England’s wide receiver room — one that already saw the addition of Nelson Agholor earlier on Monday and could see more moves be made over the coming days and weeks.


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