Patriots re-signing RB James White, per reports

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots will bring back another team veteran for the 2021 season as ESPN reported that the organization reached an agreement with RB James White on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. All of that money is fully guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

White is coming off of a 2020 season where he rushed for 121 total yards on 35 attempts while hauling in 49 passes for 375 receiving yards. He reached the end zone three times a season ago, tied for his lowest total since his 2014 rookie season. He caught one touchdown pass in 2020 while running in two more.

In his 92-game NFL career - all of which have come with the Patriots - White has been a dual-threat for New England out of the backfield. On the ground, White has run for 1,240 yards while finding the end zone 10 times. As a pass-catcher, White has caught 74.2% of the balls thrown to him in his career, grabbing 369 career passes, 25 of which have been for touchdowns.


White’s re-signing rounds out a Patriots backfield that consists of running backs Damien Harris, Sony Michel, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor, along with fullbacks Jakob Johnson and Danny Vitale.

The move is the latest in an uncharacteristically active free agency for New England, who inked deals with tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, linemen Davon Godchaux, Montravius Adams and Henry Anderson, linebackers Matt Judon, Raekwon McMillan and Kyle Van Noy, cornerback Jalen Mills, and offensive lineman Ted Karras.

The Patriots have also retained C David Andrews, LB Deatrich Wise Jr. and DB Cody Davis. They traded for OL Trent Brown earlier in the offseason as well.