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The New England Patriots are adding an offensive weapon for a change.

The Patriots are signing free-agent wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Lee spent his previous five seasons with the Jaguars after Jacksonville drafted him 39th overall out of USC in 2014.

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The 28-year-old has played in just six games over the last two seasons, missing all of 2018 with a knee injury and going on injured reserve in October 2019 with a shoulder injury before the Jaguars released him on April 20.

Lee was a solid receiver for Jacksonville prior to those ailments, though, catching 56 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 after posting career highs of 63 catches and 851 yards in 2016.

If Lee can stay healthy, the Patriots certainly could use his services: New England's wide receiver depth chart consists of just three players with more than one year of NFL experience (Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu and Damiere Byrd) ahead of 2019 rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers.

The Patriots also traded (un)retired tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, but reinforcements are on the way ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night.