Source: Patriots sign veteran WR Nelson Agholor
After signing the top free agent tight end on Monday afternoon, the Patriots weren’t done adding to their already improving offense.
According to a source, the Patriots are signing veteran receiver Nelson Agholor to a two-year, $26-million deal. The contract has a base value of $11 million each season with an additional $4 million coming by incentives. Agholor, 27, is coming off the best season of his career in Las Vegas after catching 48 passes for 896 yards and eight touchdowns.
The six-year veteran was a first round pick by Philadelphia in 2015. He was a solid receiver for the Eagles, but failed to really live up to the first-round billing. His best seasons in Philly came in 2017 (63 receptions, 768 yards and eight touchdowns) and in 2018 (64 receptions, 736 yards and four touchdowns). After finishing with just 363 receiving yards in 2019, he signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last offseason.
A change of scenery worked out well for Agholor as he tied his career-high in receiving touchdowns (eight) and finished with a career-best 896 receiving yards. He also finished second in the NFL in yards per reception (18.7) and had the second-longest reception (85 yards) during the 2020 season.
Agholor is known for his speed as he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2015. He also has some versatility with the ability to play outside the numbers and in the slot. According to Pro Football Focus, Agholor played 511 snaps outside the numbers and 217 snaps inside last season. Raiders quarterbacks also had a 113.7 passer rating when targeting Agholor in 2020.
Agholor fills a major need in the Patriots offense. Last year, Jakobi Meyers led Patriots receivers with 729 yards. Julian Edelman, who played in just six games, finished second among receivers with 315 yards. It was clear by the end of the year that the Patriots offense needed a lot more help.
That’s why they signed Agholor, receiver Kendrick Bourne and tight end Jonnu Smith on Monday.
The NFL Network was the first to report Agholor’s deal with the Patriots.