The New England Patriots are once again retaining the services of a beloved team captain.
Less then one week removed from re-signing David Andrews to a team-friendly deal, the Pats have reportedly agreed to terms with running back James White on a one-year, fully-guaranteed $2.5 million contract. This amount will also be his salary cap number in 2021, as indicated by PatsCap’s Miguel Benzan.
News of White’s deal with New England was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, with Adam Schefter (also of ESPN) providing the details of the contract.
For most Patriots fans, White’s return to the ‘Foxboro Fold’ is a pleasant surprise. The 29-year-old running back reportedly explored ‘a few’ options in free agency, following the opening of the 2021 League year on Wednesday, March 17th. In fact, it had been widely speculated that White might find more appealing playing options outside of New England. Yet, the three-time Patriots team captain will once again call New England his football home, for at least one more season.
Since being drafted by the Patriots in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, White has become one of the most beloved and revered players in team history. While quite adept at running the football, White’s prowess is primarily linked to his ability to catch passes. During his six seasons in New England, he has amassed 369 receptions, 3,184 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 1240 career years, with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Historically speaking, White is also one of the more highly-decorated all-time New England Patriots. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pats; his most memorable postseason run coming in 2016, which saw him score the game winning touchdown in overtime of Super Bowl LI. He was also named a member of the Patriots All-Dynasty Team.
Despite a dip in production for the 2020 season, a season in which the Patriots offense struggled as a whole, he is still considered one of the premier pass-catching backs in the NFL. He played in 14 games, garnering just 375 yards receiving, with only 1 touchdown reception. White also endured personal tragedy in September, when his parents were involved in a fatal car crash, in the White family’s home state of Florida. The crash claimed the life of his father Tyrone, and left his mother Lisa in critical condition for some time.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC