Patriots agree to deal with DT Davon Godchaux

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (56), celebrates after his teammate Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91), sacked New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12), during second half action of their NFL game Sunday Dec. 9, 2018, in West Palm Beach. [BILL INGRAM/]

The Patriots entered this offseason in need of help on their defensive line. They didn’t wait long to find some.

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Patriots and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux have agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with $9 million in guaranteed money. The 26-year-old played in just five games last season due to a biceps injury, but has started 42-of-42 games in his four-year career, all of which have come in Miami.

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The Patriots failed to adequately stop the run last season. The team finished 26th allowing 131.4 rushing yards per game. Their 2,103 rushing yards allowed were the third-most in the Bill Belichick era behind 2013 (2,145) and 2002 (2,198). The team also has their top two defensive tackles in need of new contracts with Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler. All those reasons are why defensive tackle was a position of need.

In 2019, according to Pro Football Focus, Godchaux finished with 32 stops against the run and that led all interior defenders in the NFL. Considering the money they’re giving him, Godchaux will likely be an instant starter in New England.  He joins Byron Cowart, Akeem Spence, Beau Allen and Bill Murray on the current depth chart.

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