The New England Patriots are giving former Las Vegas Raiders recipient Nelson Agholor a two-year deal worth $ 26 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It became the Patriots’ second major offensive on Monday. Tight end Jonnu Smith agreed to a four-year $ 50 million deal, including a $ 31.25 million guarantee, Agent Drew Rosenhaus told Schefter.
The Patriots have also spent a lot of money on the defensive, adding pass-rusher Matthew Judon for a four-year contract worth $ 56 million, including a $ 32 million guarantee, sources told Schefter.
Agholor, who was signed by the Raiders on a one-year proof-it deal for $ 1,047,500 million last March after essentially bailing out of Philadelphia due to the former first-round pick’s propensity for drops, has moved in reinvented last season in Las Vegas.
He was the most efficient wideout on the Raiders ‘list, scoring a touchdown in eight of the Raiders’ 16 games. The eight touchdown catches tied his career high and they spanned six of at least 20 yards – which took second place in the league.
Agholor, the 20th overall selection of the 2015 draft, finished last season with a career high of 896 yards from 48 catches for a career-best average of 18.7 yards per catch, finishing second among NFL players with at least 25 receptions .
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a pass rating of 100.5 when targeting Agholor, who also had 15 catches of at least 20 yards and finished 19th in the NFL.
Agholor, who turns 28 on May 24, was signed more for the deep but fulfilled a need for the position when Tyrell Williams was lost at training camp with a shoulder injury for the season and hit speedsters Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards became the rookie wall. His biggest game was a loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 when he hit a career high of 155 yards, including a career-long 85-yard TD. In the Next Gen Stats from Zebra Technologies, Agholor covered a total distance of 117.8 meters in this regard, with most meters being covered in an offensive points game at this point of the season.
In six seasons he has 272 catches for 3,411 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The Patriots also agreed to a 3-year deal for $ 22.5 million with wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, a source told Schefter. The 25-year-old Bourne had 667 yards and two touchdowns with the San Francisco 49ers last season.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.