Fullback James Develin and the New England Patriots agreed to a one-year deal yesterday, keeping the valuable fullback in New England for the 2016 season. Develin's deal is worth reportedly lower than $1.6 millions dollars, which is the lowest tendered offer for a restricted free agent. Develin is one of the few retricted free agents the Patriots are keeping as they let Sealver Siliga and Bryan Tyms become unrestricted free agents by not offering them a new contract.
Develin, 27, stands at 6'3 and weighs in at 251 pounds, and is entering his fourth NFL season. He doesn't get the ball much (career numbers-seven carries, 15 yards, one touchdown, 10 receptions, 105 yards) but his presence is felt on special teams, and as a lead blocker.
Develin went on Twitter and had this to say:
"Extremely excited and and blessed to be given the opportunity to play in NE this year! This past season was tough personally not being able to go to battle with the team. While I learned a lot about the game from a different vantage point, I'm looking forward to getting back on the field with my brothers and getting back to work. So happy to be back with such an elite organization with great coaches and teammates, and to be playing for the best plans in the NFL!! Thank you #PatsNation!"
Patriots fans are surely looking forward to seeing Develin in short yardage situations again as he has proven in the past that he'll win the battle for one yard.
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