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2021 NFL free agency: Patriots sign tight end Hunter Henry to three-year, $37.5 million contract

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The New England Patriots already were the most aggressive team in the NFL on the first day of the legal tampering period, and they are seemingly not slowing down on Day Two. After already adding one of the top two available tight ends in free agency — Jonnu Smith — they also signed the second: as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England will sign Hunter Henry to a three-year contract.

The deal will reportedly be worth up to $37.5 million and include $25 million in guarantees.

A former second-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Chargers, Henry is one of the highest-upside tight ends in football. He is a productive and versatile player and also has proven himself a strong blocker and reliable pass catcher. At only 26 years old, he also is just entering his prime and therefore can be considered a true TE1 and upgrade over anyone New England had available at the position entering free agency.

And so, in two days, the Patriots have therefore remade their tight end room. Henry and Smith are a viable one-two punch with Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse expected to serve as the depth options behind them.


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