Another Patriots Defender Pushing for New Contract at Minicamp

Patriots defensive lineman Davon Godchaux is looking for an extension as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2025.
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The New England Patriots have done a good job this offseason of re-signing their players after not pursuing many top-of-the-line free agents. The Patriots re-signed offensive lineman Michael Onwenu, safety Kyle Dugger, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, and defensive lineman Christian Barmore to multi-year extensions.

While getting those players locked in was good, the Pats face potential contract talks with Matt Judon and Davon Godchaux. The former showed up to minicamp this week and has addressed his current contract situation.

As for Godchaux, he showed up to minicamp on Monday but didn’t participate, according to Mike Giardi of Boston Sports Journal. Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo indicated to reporters that the 29-year-old defensive lineman is among other players who want a new deal.

The veteran defensive lineman has an $11.8 million cap hit and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Godchaux has been a full-time starter on New England’s defensive line for the last three seasons after spending the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins.

The former LSU standout had 56 combined tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hit, and a fumble recovery last season. Over his three-year stint with the Pats, Godchaux has recorded 183 combined tackles, nine quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

As things currently stand, the Patriots don’t have a lot of proven depth behind Godchaux, so it's imperative the two sides can agree on a new deal before training camp begins next month.

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