Phillip Dorsett

Phillip Dorsett fixed 'mistake' by choosing Seahawks over Patriots in free agency

Phillip Dorsett fixed 'mistake' by choosing Seahawks over Patriots in free agency

Phillip Dorsett signed with the Seattle Seahawks in NFL free agency in March after spending the last three seasons with the New England Patriots, and it sounds like he regrets not making the move to the NFC West club sooner.

Dorsett could have signed with the Seahawks last offseason but decided to return to the Patriots, and he was determined to make the right call in 2020.

“I didn’t want to make that mistake again,” Dorsett told reporters Tuesday on a video conference call, per NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann.

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It made sense at the time for Dorsett to re-sign with the Patriots as a free agent after winning Super Bowl LIII. He was coming off a 2018 season during which he tallied 32 receptions for 290 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He also had a solid playoff run that included a touchdown reception against both the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Dorsett could have had an even larger role in 2019, but he struggled to find much consistency. The veteran wideout was awesome in a Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 95 yards and three touchdowns, but he totaled just 302 yards and two touchdowns for the rest of his season (10 more games). Dorsett was a non-factor in the Patriots' loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card round with one reception for six yards on four targets.

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The 27-year-old wide receiver signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks in March. After playing with Tom Brady in New England, Dorsett will catch passes from another elite quarterback in Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback is one of the top MVP candidates entering the 2020 season and ranks among the top five players at his position.

Dorsett is understandably optimistic about what could happen with Wilson in the Seahawks offense.

“I feel like this is the right offense for me,” Dorsett said, per Finn. “Obviously, I know Russell, and he’s a great quarterback. The way he plays quarterback and the way this offense is fits my skill set.”

The Patriots didn't make a huge splash in free agency to replace Dorsett, but they did sign veteran wide receivers Damiere Byrd and Marqise Lee. The best-case scenario for the Patriots would be second-year wide receiver N'Keal Harry taking a huge leap in 2020 and becoming a dependable player.

Patriots honor Phillip Dorsett's career in New England with tribute video

Patriots honor Phillip Dorsett's career in New England with tribute video

Former Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett's stay in New England lasted just a few years, but he managed to make an impact on a Super Bowl champion.

The Patriots acquired Dorsett from the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 as part of a trade that sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the AFC South club. Dorsett played three seasons with the Patriots before departing last month in NFL free agency to join the Seattle Seahawks.

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The Patriots tweeted a short tribute video for Dorsett on Monday. Check it out in the post below:

Dorsett was part of the 2018 Patriots team that won Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams, and he played a part in helping New England reach that goal. He tallied four receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown in New England's win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round. Dorsett also caught a touchdown pass the following week when the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

Dorsett posted 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns for the Patriots in 2019. He'll catch passes next season from another Super Bowl champion quarterback in Seahawks star Russell Wilson

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NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett to sign with Seahawks

NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett to sign with Seahawks

Another veteran player has left the New England Patriots in NFL free agency.

Patriots free agent wide receiver is headed to the NFC and will join the Seattle Seahawks, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.


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Dorsett tallied 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games for the Patriots last season. According to Pro Football Focus, he had zero drops on 30 catchable targets in 2019. The Patriots' wide receiver depth chart is now headlined by Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers.

The Patriots acquired Dorsett in a 2017 trade with the Colts that sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to Indianapolis. Dorsett was a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Colts in 2015.

One of Dorsett's best stretches with the Patriots came in the 2018 NFL playoffs, when he tallied a touchdown reception in both the AFC Divisional Round win over the Los Angeles Chargers and AFC Championship Game victory versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

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