The New England Patriots needed to add some firepower to their offense in free agency.
They were able to do just that by agreeing to a deal with a big name pass-catcher.
According to Adam Schefter, the Patriots have agreed to a deal with JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Compensation update: Patriots and JuJu Smith-Schuster reached agreement on a three-year, $33 million deal with $22.5 million earned over the first two years of the deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2023
Smith-Schuster is coming off a solid season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He had 78 receptions for 933 yards and three touchdowns.
He also played an important role in the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl.
Smith-Schuster is still in the prime of his career, as he will be 27 years old in November of next season.
While the former second-round pick has not flourished into the star wide receiver many people thought he would become, he is still a good player.
He will help out the Patriots’ offense and quarterback Mac Jones should benefit from his arrival.
Once the Patriots lost Jakobi Meyers in free agency, it became clear they needed to fill his spot.
They were able to do just that, and it will be interesting to see how Smith-Schuster fits into the Patriots’ culture.
Smith-Schuster likes to spend a lot of his time on social media, but that is not something head coach Bill Belichick will go for.
It would not be a surprise to see him keep some of that off-field stuff under wraps this season.
All in all, it seems like the wide receiver market is cheap, so it will be interesting to see what someone like Odell Beckham Jr. will sign for.
With the AFC East getting much stronger this offseason, the Patriots should not be shy to make some more moves.NEXT: The Patriots Are Signing A New Offensive Lineman