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Reports: Pats signing WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB James Robinson

Field Level Media
16 Mar 2023, 12:40 GMT+10

The New England Patriots are in agreement on a three-year deal worth $33 million with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

New England is also signing running back James Robinson to a two-year, $8 million deal, according to NFL Network. The Patriots also are expected to sign free agent offensive lineman Riley Reiff, according to ESPN and The Athletic.

Smith-Schuster, 26, caught 78 passes for 933 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2022, his only season in Kansas City. He also had 10 catches for 89 yards in the Chiefs' postseason run, culminating with a Super Bowl victory.

Smith-Schuster, a former second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has 401 career receptions for 4,788 yards and 29 TDs.

Smith-Schuster helps offset the loss of Jakobi Meyers, who agreed to terms on nearly the exact same deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Robinson, 24, appeared in 11 games (five starts) last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. He totaled 425 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground while adding 11 receptions for 51 yards and two scores.

In 39 career games (32 starts) with the Jaguars (2020-22) and Jets (2022), Robinson has amassed 2,262 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He also has 91 catches for 617 yards and five receiving TDs.

Terms were not reported on Reiff. The Patriots would be his fifth team. Reiff, 34, spent last season with the Chicago Bears, starting 10 of the 16 games he played.

Reiff has played in 163 games (149 starts) for four teams, including the Detroit Lions (2012-16), who selected him No. 23 overall in the 2012 draft.

The Patriots also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with offensive tackle Calvin Anderson on Tuesday, per reports. Anderson has played in 41 games (12 starts) for the Denver Broncos the past three seasons.

Also, the Patriots extended a one-year tender to restricted free agent offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste.

--Field Level Media

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