Both players received two-year deals, with Wendell reportedly getting a maximum of slightly more than $6 million, if all incentives are met. Blount’s contract figures were not immediately available as of late Friday afternoon.
New England’s interior offensive line, anchored by Wendell, struggled at times in pass protection throughout 2013, and the run blocking was inconsistent. It was thought, therefore, that center could be a position where the Patriots may have wanted to upgrade via the free agent market. It’s possible they could still select a rookie at that spot in May’s NFL Draft, but this signing seems to assure that Wendell retains a grip on the starting job. At least for now.
By allowing him to leave, the Patriots seem to have given a tacit vote of confidence to returning veterans Ridley and
New England typically prefers to take the committee approach when it comes to running the football, so, don’t be stunned if another ball carrier is added to the mix in the upcoming draft.
The Patriots still have four free agents from last season who remain unsigned: DE