The Patriots have reportedly lost some significant talent in the early stages of free agency, but it appears as if they'll retain at least one productive player from 2017.
According the Boston Globe's Jim McBride, running back Rex Burkhead has agreed to a multi-year deal to return to Foxborough.
After losing Danny Amendola, Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis and Nate Solder to reported deals elsewhere, Burkhead at least offers some continuity in the backfield after a solid yet injury-filled first season in New England.
Burkhead played in 10 regular-season games for New England after rib and knee injuries limited him. He finished with 264 yards on 64 carries with five touchdowns while adding 30 catches for 254 yards and three scores.
The 5-10, 210-pound running back also played extensively on special teams, a fact that no doubt endeared him to Bill Belichick. He'll join Mike Gillislee and James White, as well as special teamer Brandon Bolden, in the Patriots backfield.