The New England Patriots confirmed their decision to re-sign restricted free agent OL Jermaine Eluemunor. We don’t have much information regarding the terms of the contract Elemuanor agreed to.
The 25-year-old is a veteran of three NFL seasons with Baltimore (2017-18) and New England (2019). He stands at 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds. The Patriots got Elemuanor in a trade with Baltimore on Aug. 29, 2019. He first entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick 159th overall. Baltimore got him out of Texas A&M in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Eluemunor has seen action in 27 regular-season games and one postseason contest with three starts. Two of these happened at right guard in 2017 and one at left tackle in 2018. In his last campaign with the Patriots, Elemuanor played in 10 games as a reserve. In other words, he saw most of his playing time on special teams.
According to the latest updates, the Patriots re-signed Elemuanor on Thursday afternoon. The restricted free agent was tendered at his original round. He is coming back for one year and a contract worth $2.1 million.
New England put the franchise tag on Joe Thuney. However, if they don’t agree upon a long-term extension, Thuney could still be traded ahead of the regular season. If this happens Eluemunor could slot into a far more important role.
The Patriots may go after another free agent
The Patriots are serious about their upcoming season. They have a few positions to take care of. Tom Brady is out of the organization, and the Patriots will have to make a pick between Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer or other important names on the market. Kyle Van Noy and a few other players left the team in free agency, leaving the Patriots empty-handed.
Head coach Bill Belichick has made a few bold moves this offseason. Ian Rapoport from NFL Network believes that the Patriots coach will use Hoyer as a starting quarterback in Week 1. Belichick will probably replace Hoyer with Stidham later in the season.
This will be a rather long offseason for the Pats. They will enter the 2020 regular season without the star quarterback for the first time in two decades.