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Here's how Patriots wide receiver depth chart looks after Demaryius Thomas signing

Here's how Patriots wide receiver depth chart looks after Demaryius Thomas signing

The Patriots needed more depth at the wide receiver position, and they got it on Tuesday by signing veteran wideout Demaryius Thomas to a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $6 million.

Thomas, who suffered a torn Achilles in Week 16 of last season, tallied 677 yards and five touchdowns during his time with Denver and Houston in 2018.

This marks the Pats' third receiver acquisition of the offseason as they also signed Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris to one-year contracts. Phillip Dorsett was re-signed on a one-year deal as well.

With that, here's an updated look at the Patriots' wide receiver depth:

  1. Julian Edelman
  2. Phillip Dorsett
  3. Demaryius Thomas
  4. Bruce Ellington
  5. Maurice Harris
  6. Braxton Berrios
  7. Matthew Slater
  8. Josh Gordon  (Currently suspended. Patriots used RFA tender worth $2.025 million.)
     

Of course, there's a chance Bill Belichick adds another receiver or two to the mix via the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

The Patriots lost receivers Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) and Chris Hogan (Panthers) in free agency this offseason.

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Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Surprise, surprise: The New England Patriots are spending carefully in free agency.

Rather than dole out significant cash to one or two players, the Patriots' strategy to date has been to sign a handful of depth pieces at relatively low cost. On Tuesday morning, we got a look at the contract details of two such players.

First up: wide receiver Maurice Harris, who can earn up to $1 million this season, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

According to Spotrac, Harris' $720,000 base salary in 2019 makes him the second-lowest-paid Patriots wide receiver, ahead of Damoun Patterson and just behind fellow newcomer Bruce Ellington, who carries a $895,000 base salary.

That contract suggests the 26-year-old Harris may have to compete for a roster spot during the preseason, especially if New England trades for a receiver of higher value.

New Patriots safety and expected special teams contributor Terrence Brooks, meanwhile, has the chance to earn a maximum of $4 million total a two-year contract, per The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

Head coach Bill Belichick clearly values special teams, so it's not surprising the Patriots are willing to shell out north of $1 million guaranteed to two potential core special teamers in Brooks and running back Brandon Bolden.

New England's work isn't done on the special teams front, as it currently doesn't have a kicker or punter with Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen still unsigned in free agency.

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