15 Patriots Who Won't Return for the 2024 Season

Don't expect these Patriots players to return to New England in 2024.

Jan 7, 2024; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms
Jan 7, 2024; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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10. Kayshon Boutte

Don't bet on Kayshon Boutte coming back to New England, and hopefully he didn't bet on it either. Boutte was arrested on Jan. 24 on a felony charge of computer fraud and a misdemeanor count of Gaming Prohibited for Persons under 21.

While playing at LSU, the receiver played 8.927 online bets under a fictitious name while he was only 20, too young to legally gamble in the state. Per Louisiana state authorities, 17 of the bets were on college football and six were on LSU football games.

In light of Boutte's arrest, the NFL confirmed on Jan. 30 that it would also be conducting an investigation into the accusations.

Boutte only suited up for five games during the Patriots 2023 campaign, recording a modest two catches for 19 yards. His most notable moment of the season was in Week 1, when he failed to get a second foot down on a fourth-down play in the last minute against the Philadelphia Eagles as New England was driving for a go-ahead touchdown.

The sixth-rounder wouldn't be active for a game day for nearly another two months, when he recorded one catch for two yards in Germany against the Indianapolis Colts. Before the team's Week 6 contest against the Las Vegas Raiders, Boutte took to social media to complain about his playing time.

Boutte's cap hit is a mere $961,818 in 2024, so if he has a lifeline, it is that keeping him shouldn't put much of a strain on the team's salary cap situation.

Between last years' lack of production, his public discontent with a lack of playing time, and now the investigative and legal processes surrounding him, he just doesn't seem like he's worth the headache heading into 2024.