Patriots Re-Signing Turned Down Shocking Offer to Stay in New England

It turns out a recently re-signed Patriots players passed up millions to stay in New England.

Aug 2, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (55) heads to the
Aug 2, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (55) heads to the / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have been very busy in free agency as they prepare to enter a new era. While New England hasn't made many outside signings, there've been plenty of re-signings, like linebacker Josh Uche.

It turns out Uche could've made a lot more money than he's slated to get from the Pats in 2024, however.

Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports Uche rejected a two-year, $15 million deal (with $11 million guaranteed) to take the one-year offer from New England.

Instead, Uche is set to earn just $2.3 million guaranteed from the Patriots in 2024, while hitting certain incentives can push his payment up to $8 million for this season.

It's a shock to see Uche leave so much money on the table and instead sacrifice short-term earnings for a very team-friendly deal. After all, there's no guarantee an offer like this is available again next offseason.

That being said, Uche has every right to bet on himself for the 2024 campaign. His 3.0 sacks this past season were a major disappointment, but the year prior he burst onto the scene with a whopping 11.5 mark. That kind of production would've got him seriously paid if it preceded him hitting the open market.

Uche has shown he has the ability to be a top pass-rusher, so this choice signals he's confident he can get back to that level.

By not locking himself into anything past 2024, Uche maintains plenty of flexibility and he'd be in prime position to cash in after this season, assuming he has a showing like 2022.

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