Report: Patriots place original-round tender on RFA Jermaine Eluemunor

Report: Patriots place original-round tender on RFA Jermaine Eluemunor

The New England Patriots were already rumored to have made a decision on one of their restricted free agents, Adam Butler. And now, it seems the team has decided to tender another of their RFAs.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will be placing an original-round tender on offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.

The Patriots acquired Eluemunor, a former fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, via trade ahead of last season. The Ravens shipped the now-25-year-old and a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick in 2020. 

Eluemunor dressed for 10 of the Patriots' games in 2019 and played a total of 29 offensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus. But evidently, he showed enough for the Patriots to feel comfortable tendering him a contract for next season.

By tendering Eluemunor, the Patriots have guaranteed that even if another team signs him in free agency, they will receive compensation. In Eluemunor's case, because he was a fifth-round pick and the team tendered him at an original-round level, they'd receive a fifth-round pick if another team elected to sign him and the Patriots declined to match the offer.

That said, it's not likely any team would shell out big bucks for Eluemunor considering his lack of playing time last season. And if no team attempts to sign him, the Patriots can either negotiate an extension with Eluemunor or, more likely, he will sign his restricted free agent tender which, per, would be worth about $2.1 million.

Having continuity on the offensive line is certainly important and perhaps the Patriots like a skill Eluemunor possesses. It will be interesting to see how the 6-foot-4, 335-pound lineman progresses during the 2020 offseason if he does, in fact, return to the Patriots.

NFL Rumors: Why Patriots are gaining nearly $10M in extra cap space

NFL Rumors: Why Patriots are gaining nearly $10M in extra cap space

Remember when the cash-strapped New England Patriots entered the 2020 NFL Draft with a paltry $1.07 million in cap space?

It's safe to say they're no longer cash-strapped.

Teams are set to gain additional cap space after the NFL management council informed them that signing bonus prorations for players who opted out of the 2020 NFL season will be removed from the team's payroll and toll to 2021 instead, per NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.

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What does this mean for the Patriots, who have had an NFL-high eight players back out of the 2020 season already? According to Patriots cap wizard Miguel Benzan, New England's available cap space increases by roughly $9.2 million, from $26 million to $35.28 million.

According to, the Patriots now have the third-most cap space of any NFL team -- behind only the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team -- after entering the draft with the least cap space.

That's a double-edged sword, of course: New England has gained so much cap space because it has lost so many well-paid, key contributors like linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon.

Training camp is ramping up this week, so the Patriots may look to fill that personnel void by signing free agents or swinging trades. While they may not spend big on a marquee name like pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, they certainly have the resources to add some quality talent.

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

The New England Patriots unveiled their 2020 player headshots on Monday, and it was the newcomers who stole the show with their photos.

We finally got our first official look at Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform, but that wasn't even the highlight. Defensive tackle Beau Allen and rookie tight end Dalton Keene have the best headshots of the bunch, and it isn't even close.

Just check out the photos below, shared by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:

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Allen signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with New England in March. The 28-year-old appeared in 13 games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tallying 0.5 sacks and 10 total tackles. He's spent six seasons in the NFL: four with Philly and two with Tampa. His amazing headshot is definitely another reason why he could become a fan favorite this season.

As for Keene, the Virginia Tech product was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old could have a big role for the Patriots in 2020, especially with tight end Matt LaCosse deciding to opt out of the season. He could also help out at fullback with Danny Vitale opting out as well.