The New England Patriots apparently were very serious in their pursuit of Adam Humphries.
The free agent wide receiver officially signed with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday on a reported four-year contract worth $36 million he agreed to earlier in the week.
According to NESN.com's Doug Kyed, however, the Patriots tried to one-up the Titans on Tuesday afternoon, offering Humphries a contract that included a higher annual salary and more guaranteed money.
On Adam Humphries, I'm told the Patriots raised their offer Tuesday afternoon with higher APY and guarantees than the Titans. Humphries never wavered, however, and remained committed to the Titans. He’s signing with Tennessee.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 14, 2019
As longtime Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky reports, New England's offer to Humphries apparently reached $10 million per year.
I know this to be true as well. Believe offer went to $10M/ year. https://t.co/Nn7LvVxmvV— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 14, 2019
(A quick note: Tennessee doesn't have a state income tax on salaries while Massachusetts has a 5.1 percent tax, which closes the gap a bit between both offers.)
The 25-year-old had a career season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, catching 76 passes on 105 targets for 816 yards and five touchdowns. The Patriots also had yet to come to terms with Phillip Dorsett as of Tuesday afternoon and could use depth at receiver.
Still, $10 million per year seems like a steep price to pay for a player like Humphries, who would have joined only Tom Brady, Stephon Gilmore and Michael Bennett as the Patriots making $10 million or more per year. (For context, Julian Edelman is on a two-year deal worth $11 million total.)
But even that reported number couldn't sway Humphries from the Titans, as New England will test its luck elsewhere on the free agent market.
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