The New England Patriots’ opening to 2021 free agency continued Monday with the repoted signing of a big piece along the defensive line.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots signed nose tackle Davon Godchaux to a two-year contract worth up to $16 million.
The deal isn’t official yet, however, as it came during the NFL’s legal tampering window. Deals cannot be made official until Wednesday. However, Godchaux did already react to the news on social media.
Godchaux, a former Miami Dolphins defender, fills the Patriots’ need for a stout nose tackle at the center of their defense.
The 26-year-old played for former Patriots assistant Brian Flores down in Miami, where he was an active piece of the defense through his first four NFL seasons.
Godchaux worked his way into a starting role as a second-year player and started all 16 games in 2018 and 2019. That 2019 season was his best as a pro, recording 75 tackles, including two sacks and 7 QB hits. Godchaux was limited to just 5 games played in 2020.