The Patriots are not fucking around during free agency this year. They were the busiest team in the league on the first day of the legal tampering period. They signed some big names such as Matt Judon, Jonnu Smith, and Nelson Agholor on day one. Day two was no different for Belichick and the Patriots. After solidifying their tight end depth with Jonnu Smith, they add another big-time name. Former Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is heading to New England.
Henry is a force on the offensive side of the ball. He is deadly in the red zone and is a key part of any run game. The Patriots are trying to put together a tandem of tight ends just like the days of Gronkowski and Hernandez. They have already spent more guaranteed money in the first two days of free agency than they have of all time. Belichick is assembling as many weapons for Cam Newton as possible. Hunter Henry will certainly help Newton get back to being a great quarterback.
And New England strikes again: The Patriots are signing former Chargers' TE Hunter Henry to a three-year, $37.5 million deal, including $25 million guaranteed, per source.
Free agency's top two tight ends, Henry and Jonnu Smith, wind up in New England.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
This seems like a very fair deal for both sides. Henry is locked in for multiple years which gives him an opportunity to grow with a young quarterback next year. It is crazy to think the top two tight ends on the market are heading to New England.
Hunter Henry was a second-round pick (35th overall) of the Chargers back in 2016. While with the Chargers, Henry posted some pretty great numbers in five seasons. He managed to haul in 196 catches and 21 touchdowns. Along with those catches, Henry posted 2,322 yards. Hunter Henry has dealt with some injuries over his career, but last season was his most healthy season in a long time. He is very reliable with the ball in his hands too. He only has two career fumbles.