The New England Patriots have been somewhat busy during the NFL offseason thus far, much to the surprise of their fanbase.
They have recently signed JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was a valuable contributor for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2022.
The team has also added Mike Gesicki, who should be a valuable tight-end option.
While those are the two biggest names, at least on offense, the Patriots have also been active on the defensive side of the ball.
Recently, the Patriots re-signed Jalen Mills to a one-year, $6.1 million contract.
Patriots agree to terms with DB Jalen Mills on revised one-year deal worth up to $6.1M. (via @MIkeGiardi, @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/wiwRhVbRd6
— NFL (@NFL) March 22, 2023
Mills played in just ten games for the Patriots in 2022, amassing 31 total tackles and two interceptions.
This was the lowest tackle total of his career, which is the result of the fewer games played.
Mills will have an opportunity to potentially gain a long-term contract, provided he stays healthy in 2023.
At 28 years old, Mills should have enough in the tank to contribute for a few more seasons, either on the Patriots or another team.
Last season, the Patriots defense allowed the fifth-fewest points in the league.
By re-signing Mills, they will have some stability on the defensive side of the ball, knowing they have a key contributor who has already been a part of their system.
The Patriots could look very different in 2023 than they did in 2022.
After Tom Brady left, the organization has undergone significant growing pains.
How will the Patriots bounce back after their 8-9 season?
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