Patriots Reach Agreement With Mills

PatriotsInsider.com has learned that the New England Patriots agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Garrett Mills. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound fullback/tight end out of Tulsa was the team's first of two fourth-round selections, and just the third draft pick to agree to terms.

FB/TE Garrett Mills (4th-round, 106th overall) has reached an agreement with the Patriots.  Scout.com is reporting that the deal could be signed early next week

Mills, 22, set school and NCAA records as a receiver at Tulsa.  The 6-foot-1, 235-pound FB/TE amassed 201 receptions for 2,389 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career -- third most receptions in school history. His 87 receptions for 1,235 yards set a single-season NCAA Division 1A record for most yards in a season  by a tight end. Mills started 33 of 50 games played while at Tulsa and held the longest current consecutive streak of receptions among tight ends in the nation at 40.

JUNE 14: Tight end Garrett Mills #45 runs a drill during New England Patriots mini camp at Gillette Stadium on June 14, 2006 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mills is the team's fourth tight end joining veterans Ben Watson, Dan Graham and fellow rookie David Thomas at the position. A unique athletic ability affords Mills the opportunity to work at the fullback position as well, in a hybrid type of role. The team has officially listed Mills at both positions -- FB at minicamp and TE on the team roster. It is expected if he makes the final roster that he will fulfill the duties of an H-back, lining up in the backfield and occasionally running patterns.

The Patriots have 10 draft picks to sign and an estimated $15 million to work with before the rookie contracts are factored in. Note that the contract negotiation with WR Deion Branch continue, and any new deal reached with the veteran could affect those numbers. Branch is in the final year of his rookie contract.

The following are the Patriots 2006 Picks:

RdSel#PlayerPosSchool
Signing Status
121L. MaroneyRBMinnesota
unsigned
236C. JacksonWRFlorida
unsigned
386D. ThomasTETexas
unsigned
4106G. MillsTETulsa
Agreed to terms
4118S. GostkowskiKMemphis
unsigned
5136R. O'CallaghanG-TCalifornia
unsigned
6191J. MinceyDEFlorida
unsigned
6205D. StevensonGNotre Dame
6206L. SmithDTNebraska
unsigned
7229W. AndrewsSBaylor

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