Patriots Re-Sign James Develin

The Patriots reached an agreement with one of their UFAs on Monday, securing a commitment from fullback James Develin, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports (on Twitter). It’s a two-year deal for the sixth-year contributor, per Howe. The pact is worth up to $2.85MM and comes with a $300K signing bonus, according to Mike Reiss of It also features $500K in guarantees, tweets Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

The sides made progress in coming to an agreement on Friday, Howe reports. Develin’s played his entire career in New England, helping the Patriots on special teams and offense. He has just 13 career receptions and seven career carries but played on 31.3 percent of the Patriots’ offensive plays last season and just more than 33 percent of their special teams sequences.

Entering the week with nearly $62MM in cap space, the Patriots have several other free agents that are higher-profile players — Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, Jabaal Sheard, etc. — but they locked down one who has delivered three 16-game seasons and one that won’t end up costing much to keep.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

View Comments (7)
newest oldest

7 comments on “Patriots Re-Sign James Develin

  1. SteelyDan Man

    A great team player who can really block for the Patriots running backs, pass protect, and play special teams. Glad he is in the fold for another Super Bowl run!

  2. Charles

    It doesn’t sound like a big deal does it! However ask TB12 if he likes the way Develin blocks? I’ll bet he hasn’t missed more than five blocking assignments in his entire time with thePatriots. This was a good under the radar signing.


Leave a Reply