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Patriots TE Hunter Henry stays with Patriots on three-year deal

The Patriots have retained one of their key offensive pieces by re-signing tight end Hunter Henry to a three-year deal.

Henry is coming off posting 42 receptions for 419 receiving yards and a team-best six touchdowns. He was on pace to be the Patriots’ top receiving target. However, he suffered a left knee injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 17.


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The 29-year-old has been one of the Patriots’ most dependable offensive factors, and he will remain in that role moving forward. When healthy, he’s shown to be a highly dependable red zone target.

If Henry had chosen to explore the free agent market, he would likely have garnered plenty of interest across the league. However, he chose to return to the Patriots, a franchise that is rebuilding after longtime head coach Bill Belichick’s departure.

New England has significant questions under center, as Mac Jones struggled to find consistency last season. The Patriots have the third overall pick in this year’s draft, and they could explore drafting another quarterback to build around.


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With Caleb Williams expected to be taken by the Chicago Bears with the top overall pick, the Patriots will likely have a choice between quarterbacks Jayden McDaniels and Drake Maye.

New England possesses a ton of salary cap space, with a projected amount of over $101 million on March 2. Henry’s new contract drops that number down a little, but New England will have plenty of opportunities to fill out the roster with a strong assortment of talent.

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