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Patriots Don’t Tender Jakob Johnson: 5 Free Agent Fullbacks New England Could Sign

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The New England Patriots are letting Jakob Johnson become a free agent as they did not put a tender on the fullback, whereas they placed a second-round tender on wideout Jakobi Meyers.

That decision opens up a fullback position, and with free agency right around the corner, here are five fullbacks who are unrestricted free agents that the Pats could sign.

New England Patriots free agent fullback options

Patrick Ricard: Ricard, the five-year veteran with the Ravens, is much more involved in the passing game than the running game, as he had eight receptions for 63 yards compared to just a total of three carries through the past two seasons. The 27-year-old has 29 receptions for 163 yards in his career. This option would likely be the most expensive, as Ricard had a salary of $3.65 million in 2021.

Andy Janovich: After a four-year tenure with the Broncos, the 28-year-old has spent the previous two seasons with the Browns, tallying a total of three receptions and two rushes this season across 13 games with Cleveland.

Elijhaa Penny: Penny, 28, is probably the most skilled back out of the five, as the five-year veteran (four years with the Giants) racked up 24 carries for 99 yards with New York across 17 games this season to go along with a touchdown, while also catching nine passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Burton: The 29-year-old journeyman in Burton has played for five teams over his seven years of service, playing for the Chiefs this past season where he had eight carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, to go along with three receptions for 31 yards.

Alec Ingold: Ingold, 25, posted 10 receptions for 85 yards, to go along with a touchdown this season with the Raiders, while making just two carries. Las Vegas did not tender the 6-foot-1 fullback.

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