Spending Spree: Pats Add Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor, Matthew Judon and More

The Patriots spent the most guaranteed money on free agents in an offseason over the past decade

The New England Patriots moved quickly on Monday to address some of the key weaknesses from last year's 7-9 team.

The Patriots agreed to deals with tight end Jonnu Smith, linebacker Matthew Judon, nose tackle Davon Godchaux and safety Jalen Mills within a span of two hours on the first day of the NFL's free agent tampering window, according to reports.

The team did get a bit of bad news later in the day, however, when offensive lineman Joe Thuney signed with the Chiefs for five years and $80 million.

But later came word of more additions: wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne agreeing terms, according to reports.

The activity left the team transformed, with the NFL Draft still to come.

Shortly after 1 p.m., ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that the Patriots had reached a deal to sign former Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith.

The 25-year-old has 114 catches for 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns over 60 career games. Last season, he had 41 catches for 448 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Tight end has been a weak spot for the Patriots since Rob Gronkowski retired and then came out of retirement and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth round pick last year.

Last season, the Patriots tight end corps consisted of veterans Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse and rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.

A short time after the Smith news broke, ESPN reported that the Patriots had also signed Miami Dolphins nose tackle Davon Godchaux to a 2-year deal worth up to $16 million.

"Happy but never Satisfied!!" Godchaux said on Twitter after the news broke. "More work to do!!!"

Godchaux, 26, started all five games he played in last season, totaling 14 tackles before suffering a season ending biceps injury in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He started all 16 games for the Dolphins in the two prior seasons.

Around 3 p.m., Schefter reported the Patriots had agreed to sign Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon and Philadelphia Eagles safety Jalen Mills as well.

Judon, 28, is a two-time Pro Bowler in 2019 and 2020 and was considered one of the top free agent pass rushers. He totaled 51 tackles and six sacks in 2020, missing two games due to COVID-19. Over his career, he has 34.5 sacks.

Judon is expected to provide an immediate boost to a lackluster Patriots front seven that ranked 26th in the NFL in sacks last season. Pending free agents Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Deatrich Wise and John Simon accounted for nearly half of that sack total in 2020.

Mills, 26, played in 15 games for the Eagles last season, starting all of them. He had 74 tackles and one interception.

This is the most guaranteed money the Patriots have spent on free agents in an offseason over the past decade, according to Schefter.

Agholor, should he join, would add a much-needed threat at wide receiver for quarterback Cam Newton. He spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders after five years with the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he won the 2017 Super Bowl over the Patriots.

He tied a career high for touchdowns in 2020 with eight while putting up a career-high 896 yards.

A source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Agholor agreed to terms with the Pats.

And Schefter added that Agholor would be getting a two-year, $26 million contract.

Bourne is said to be joining the Patriots for three years on $22.5 million:

He's played on the San Francisco 49ers for four years, notching 11 total touchdowns.

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