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Bourne agrees with the Patriots to a 3-year deal worth up to $33 million

Bourne agrees with the Patriots to a 3-year deal worth up to $33 million

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the New England Patriots that could be worth up to $33 million, his agent Henry Organ of Disruptive Sports told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday.

A source told ESPN that the contract includes a signing bonus of $4.2 million.

Bourne, who turns 29 on Aug. 4, is recovering from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 29.

He was on pace to have a career year before the injury, totaling 37 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns in eight games.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bourne enters his eighth NFL season, having spent the first four years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers and the past three in New England.

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington in 2017, Bourne played in 99 regular season games and totaled 264 receptions for 3,409 yards with 21 touchdowns.

In February, Bourne told ESPN: “I want to go home. That's my goal. I love being a Patriot – it's a great environment for someone like me. Being a Patriot has helped me grow into the player I am now.” Today, I am grateful to the organization.

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“The last two years have been a rebuilding so I don't want to miss the time when it might come back, the good wave. It's been tough but you never know where it can go. I feel like something good is going to come in that building and I want to be a part of it.” “

The Patriots entered free agency with nearly $100 million in salary cap space and a goal to re-sign some of their key players, including Bourne. They previously re-signed tight end Hunter Henry to a three-year contract worth up to $30 million.