FOXBORO — The Patriots are retaining a defensive role player and core special teamer.
Linebacker Mack Wilson will be returning to New England on a one-year deal with a $2.2 million price tag, according to reports.
While Wilson remained a constant presence on special teams in 2022, his defensive snap counts diminished as the season went on. After flanking Ja’Whaun Bentley as the Patriots’ starting off-ball linebacker in three of the first four weeks, Wilson saw zero defensive snaps in the Patriots’ last five games.
It’s possible Wilson’s impact on special teams alone has earned him the second campaign in Foxboro. The four-unit special teamer played on 62.1 percent of the team’s snaps on the kicking and punting units, registering 10 tackles. Only four Patriots saw more snaps in the game’s third phase and only Brenden Schooler and captain Mathew Slater registered more tackles.
Wilson arrived in New England by way of a swap with the Cleveland Browns for edge rusher Chase Winovich last season.
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