The New England Patriots have finally shown some interest in free agency. After making marginal moves so far in the offseason, the Pats made a splash on Wednesday and agreed to terms with free agent wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster.
According to multiple reports, Smith-Schuster inked a three-year, $33 million deal that comes with $16 million in guarantees. New England confirmed the move but didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal.
Smith-Schuster, who spent the 2022 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs, also expressed his excitement about the agreement on social media.
“I will give this organization everything I have, thank you for believing in me!,” Smith-Schuster wrote on Twitter.
JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 78 passes for 933 yards and three touchdowns in the 2022 regular season and went on to win Super Bowl LVII with the Chiefs. The USC product previously also played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, receiving one Pro Bowl in his five years with the franchise.
By adding Smith-Schuster, the Patriots fill a big need on the wide receiver position. The 26-year-old is expected to step in for Jakobi Meyers, who left New England to join the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week. The Pats are expected to add several more wideouts in the coming weeks, with a trade for veteran DeAndre Hopkins being mentioned as a possibility.