Patriots Sign RB Rex Burkhead

Finally, we’re starting to see some top running backs come off the board. Rex Burkhead has signed with the Patriots, according to a club announcement. It’s a one-year, $3.15MM deal, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). That includes a $1.1MM signing bonus and $1.8MM in base salary. He can earn $250K via per-game roster bonuses.Rex Burkhead (vertical)

The Pats’ running back depth chart is now led by Burkhead, James White, and Dion Lewis with 2016 undrafted free agent D.J. Foster in support. Burkhead could be given a chance to compete for the starting job.

The addition of Burkhead could spell the end of LeGarrette Blount‘s time with the Patriots. Blount is still without a team and the only thing we’ve heard this week is that the Seahawks are “monitoring” him. Of course, their interest level is unclear now that they have signed Eddie Lacy.

Last year, after Giovani Bernard went down, Burkhead stepped up to the plate and made a name for himself in the process. He averaged 4.6 yards per attempt for the Bengals. Now, the Patriots want to see if he can replicate that production in a larger sample. His 74 carries last year were, by far, a career high.

Burkhead was our No. 7 UFA running back this year, behind Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson, LeGarrette Blount, Latavius Murray, Jamaal Charles, Darren McFadden, and Jacquizz Rodgers. He was slotted ahead of notables like Rashad Jennings, Danny Woodhead, and DeAngelo Williams.

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7 comments on “Patriots Sign RB Rex Burkhead

  1. ReppinThe401

    Pats are the only team that can run out multiple offensive sets with everyone besides the o line being white

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    • bledrules

      You mean other than a Allen,Cooks,Lewis and James White?

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      • Hannibal8us

        Well technically his statement includes James White.

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  2. Timothy W Reynolds

    Great pick up for the Pat’s as he can block for Brady too..Excellent blocker

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  3. CheapskateBrown

    Now we can see how to properly use him. I’ve been calling this all year. Rex is every bit of a guy out of the patriot mold. Best of luck sorry your success couldn’t be in orange and black!!

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  4. mack66

    Mitchell isn’t white, neither is Cooks. Not sure why the flyin’ flip it even matters though. either you can play or you can play

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  5. Vadapins

    Mike Brown must really hate Bengals fans. Great pickup for the Pats

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