PFF suggested his value was $10.1M per year over the next two seasons. I'd bet that the Pats figures will be somewhere around that number for '21 and '22.A lot depends on the structure, but it's probably a slight overpay. The comp I saw tossed around was Austin Hooper's 4/$42m last year.
I'd much rather have Smith than Hooper, but Hooper had been a more productive receiver & I thought he was a large overpay last off season.A lot depends on the structure, but it's probably a slight overpay. The comp I saw tossed around was Austin Hooper's 4/$42m last year.
Yeah, I definitely don't hate it at all & I'm happy they did it, I think. But it's a full price contract which hopefully he can live up to.PFF suggested his value was $10.1M per year over the next two seasons. I'd bet that the Pats figures will be somewhere around that number for '21 and '22.
I mean, was there ever any doubt that they could sign guys if they offered them more money than anyone else? This is a pretty rich deal, but I like Smith and they had a massive need at TE, so fuck it, let's go!We can put to bed the narrative that the Pats can’t attract major free agents.
I thought I had read the opposite elsewhere.I think Bellichick would prefer Smith, way less track record as a receiving threat, but he's definitely a much better blocker. Henry is a WR masquerading as a TE.
My thoughts exactly. Didn't think we had a chance to get Smith. Surprised Tennessee let him go. Very, very pleased with this signing. Just need a couple WR's and we're on to 2021.Absolutely LOVE this signing. He was my #1 get for FA. Gives them a young, durable, solid 2-way TE, and allows the hopeful trickle-down effect to happen th Asiasi and Keene where the former is the receiving threat/slot version and Keene is officially the h-back/slot receiving threat. Gives them a lot of options to work with.
No, it was Bedard over the weekend:https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/titans-decide-not-to-franchise-tag-rising-tight-end-jonnu-smith-opening-free-agent-window/
You may be thinking of the articles about them not tagging him and the assumption they wouldn't pay him. No release though.
Need #3: Starting Y (in-line) TE
1. Hunter Henry, Chargers ($$$$): The top two guys are equally great in different ways, and you can have your pick. Perhaps you pit them against each other. I’m going with Henry because if I’m going to pay near the top of the TE market (below George Kittle and Travis Kelce at around $15 million) then I want an all-around player who can really block when my team needs to just pound the ball. That’s Henry, not the next guy.
2. Jonnu Smith, Titans ($$$$): Terrific athletic playmaker down the field as a TE/WR. Will be a star in the right offense, and this could be it. Just a bit of a one-trick pony.
https://www.radio.com/weei/sports/patriots/nfl-rumors-patriots-agree-to-deal-with-te-jonnu-smithBelichick said ahead of the 2019 playoff game against the Titans. “Can do a lot of things. Blocks well. Runs well. Is a good receiver. Played him at tailback, he looked pretty good back there. He’s a very athletic player. Hard to tackle. Catches the ball well.
“(He’s) great after the catch, probably the best in the league. I mean, I can’t imagine anyone better than him after the catch.”
According to this note from Kyed, PFF had Henry graded higher as a blocker. That seemed to be the general consensus going into FA that I saw.
PFF has graded Henry as the better blocker throughout his career, but both players are competitive in that aspect of their games and big enough to get in the way of defenders.
"I can't imagine anyone better than him after the catch" is quite a statement. But it sounds like it's backed up. From the video someone linked up-thread, he was 4th in YAC amongst TEs, with 1/3 the targets and receptions of the 3 guys above him. Kind of crazy.
Pats sign NT Godchaux away from Flores.
Let's not tell him he's in the wrong threadView: https://twitter.com/MikeReiss/status/1371508741003210768?s=20
Andrews noted Godchaux as a "very tough matchup".
Thank god we got some run stuffing help.
I think they see Keane as something slightly different from a TE. He'll lineup up there, but I think he's going to be doing other things.I'm a little surprised simply because of the draft investment the Pats made at the TE position last season; clearly I don't think BB sees much in Asasi or Keene as potential top options at TE. Something this team desperately needed post-Gronk was just a big body that could make contested grabs in the red zone, and Smith has shown the ability to do that.