Just when you thought the New England Patriots were going to stand pat at the start of the new league year, they hit you by surprise. Well, kind of.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to a one-year, prove-it deal on Wednesday.
Source: WR Phillip Dorsett is heading back to the #Patriots on a 1-year deal. An opportunity to prove-it and hit free agency next year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
The Patriots faced a bit of an exodus of talent, as they do every year. However, this one is a bit different.
New England already lost receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to the Chicago Bears, and Chris Hogan is still on the open market. That left the Patriots with a receiving corps consisting of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon (if he's not suspended).
Phillip Dorsett had one very rough game in Detroit, but outside of that, he was highly reliable when targeted this past season. His 76.2 percent catch rate led all Patriots pass-catchers. Gets another chance with this one-year deal.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 14, 2019
Bringing back Dorsett gives the Patriots familiarity, something that they have thrived off of during their dynasty. In fact, Dorsett does have a strong rapport with quarterback Tom Brady, so you have to believe he convinced the receiver to stay another year.
Dorsett recorded 32 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns during their Super Bowl run.
Now, with an uptick in offensive snaps on the horizon, Dorsett will look to cash in at the end of next season.