A few weeks ago I noted that every running back on the New England Patriots roster was playing with just one year on their deal in 2017. That’s not the case anymore.
The New England Patriots and James White have agreed on a three-year contract extension according to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
White, a 4th round draft pick in 2014 was the hero in Super Bowl LI this past February. His play over the course of the year and through the playoff run was crucial, and the Patriots took notice.
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Only time will tell what comes next with the other running backs on the roster or on the market. New England reportedly still has an offer on the table for LeGarrette Blount to return. There seems to be little interest in Blount’s services, so a Patriots return seems like his best option.
The New England Patriots may also still look to add a running back in the upcoming NFL Draft. The team will likely look for a power back. Perhaps, D’Onta Foreman, who they’ve been linked to, will be available for them.
In the draft, New England could also look to players like Clemson’s Wayne Gallman, Wyoming’s Brian Hill, Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara or Pittsburgh’s James Connor.
The move to extend James White is surely just the first of many running back moves to come over the next few months for the New England Patriots.
The White extension solidifies the pass catching running back role for years to come in Foxboro.