A league source confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Patriots have signed veteran Ty Montgomery on a two-year deal.
Montgomery is the second overseas signature of the New England Free Agency Cornerback Transmitchell. He played a small offensive role for the Saints last season, collecting 16 passes for 95 yards and pushing for another 44.
The Packers drafted Montgomery as a wide receiver outside Stanford in the third round in 2015. His best college season was his freshman year, when he scored 61 receptions for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also one of the best kick-off returns in the country, averaging 31.2 yards per comeback and scoring twice.
Shortly after entering the NFL, Montgomery changed his position to running back. He pioneered the Green Bay race in 2016, with 457 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 44 passes for 348 yards that year, his best statistical season.
Montgomery spent three and a half years with the Packers – totaling 849 rushing yards and 827 yards during that time – before being traded to the Ravens in 2018. He finished the 2018 season in Baltimore and then signed with the Jets for a year.
During his time in New York, Montgomery was used primarily on special teams, returning 18 kicks for 364 yards (average 20.2 yards). He played only 14.71 percent of the attack shots.
In May 2020, Montgomery signed with the Saints and later re-signed in 2021. In New Orleans, he has won praise for his contributions to his own teams — both as a kick return and as a cover gambling gunner.
“He’s a good footballer,” coach Sean Payton said last September. “He can run and there has to be a little bit of stiffness. I think it is one of the most difficult jobs in football.”
Montgomery, who turns 29 in January, will join James White, Damien Harris, Ramondry Stephenson and JJ Taylor in the New England backroom.
Patriots deals so far
▪ The Patriots sign a free agent Cornerback Transmitchell With a one-year deal.
▪ Running Back James White He returns with a two-year deal.
▪ Special Team Matthew Slater, 37, will return to New England on a one-year contract and $2.62 million fully guaranteed. It will be his fifteenth season in the NFL.
▪ Kicker Nick Falk He returns with a two-year deal.
▪ The Patriots have agreed to restore the backup QB Brian Hoyer On a two-year deal.
▪ The Patriots bring back multiple uses Forward line: James Ferenc
▪ Devin McCurty’s safety He returns to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth $9 million.
▪ The Patriots are using the second round bidding in Receiver Jacoby Myers.
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