BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It looks like running back James White is staying in New England.
After almost two weeks of being on the open market, White is re-signing with the Patriots.
White’s deal is fully guaranteed for one-year and worth $2.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
White, 29, has spent his whole seven-year career with the Patriots and played a vital role in earning three Super Bowls rings (XLIX, LI, LII) with the team.
The Florida native staying on the team comes to somewhat of a surprise, as there were rumors of him joining Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
White recorded at least 56 receptions in each of his final four seasons paired with Brady.
This past season was White’s first without Brady by his side, and he was not nearly as effective; hauling in 49 passes for 375 yards and a touchdown while adding 121 yards and two scores on the ground.
White was the 130th overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Wisconsin, but started getting regular playing time in 2015.
He’s averaged 727 yards from scrimmage and 5.8 touchdowns per season since then.