Patriots, RB Rhamondre Stevenson Agree to Four-Year, $36M Deal

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New England Patriots, RB running back Rhamondre Stevenson Agree to Four-Year, $36M Deal

The New England Patriots and running back Rhamondre Stevenson agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $36 million, which includes $17 million fully guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

New England Patriots’ Rhamondre Stevenson will receive an $8 million signing bonus, incentives

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Stevenson will receive an $8 million signing bonus plus the chance to make up to $12 million in incentives if he can reach 1,400 yards and become a Pro Bowler or All-Pro selection.

Stevenson, 26, was entering the final year of the four-year contract he signed as a rookie, which included a base salary of $3.116 million for the 2024 season.

Moreover, the Las Vegas native joined the Patriots as a fourth-round pick in 2021 out of Oklahoma. In 41 career NFL games, he has totaled 2,265 rushing yards on 499 carries with 14 touchdowns.

In New England’s 30-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 15 of the 2022 season, he ran for a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

The 6-foot, 227-pound running back has also been productive as a pass-catcher, with 121 receptions for 782 yards and one touchdown. He also has seven career fumbles — four of which occurred in the 2022 season.

Stevenson’s yards per carry dropped from 5.0 to 4.0 while tallying 857 yards from scrimmage last season

However, Stevenson’s numbers were disappointing in the 2023 season, with his yards per carry dropping from 5.0 to 4.0 while posting 857 yards from scrimmage. It fell well below the 1,461 yards he had the previous year.

Of course, that was last season. New England’s offense can only improve from here after hitting rock bottom.

After all, the Patriots have new leadership under first-year executive vice president of player personnel Eliot Wolf and first-year head coach Jerod Mayo, after parting ways with eight-time Super Bowl champion coach Bill Belichick.

“I think he’s one of the better backs in the league, no doubt about it,” Mayo said at the team’s mandatory minicamp earlier this month. “I’m excited to see what he does this season, and look, he’s earned everything that he gets.”

For the third season, Stevenson is slated to be the Patriots’ lead running back, this time under first-year offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.