The New England Patriots have been in the market for wide receivers throughout the early stages of free agency. They agreed to sign one today.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are signing Bruce Ellington to a one-year deal. Ellington played in seven games last season with the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.
He recorded 31 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown in those games. For his career, Ellington has caught 79 passes for 769 yards and five touchdowns.
He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before missing the entire 2016 campaign with a hamstring injury.
The former South Carolina star had his best season with the Texans in 2017, grabbing 29 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
Free agent WR Bruce Ellington is signing a 1-year deal with the #Patriots, source said. He’s worked his way around the New England tree, now with the Pats.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
Ellington isn’t an overwhelming talent, but he is experienced and fills a role in the slot.
Given how productive New England slot receivers usually are, it wouldn’t surprise us to see him haul in some key receptions during his time with the Patriots.