Patriots running back James White, who played the best game of his career in Super Bowl LI, has reached a three-year
contract extension with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston . This according to sources.
White, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, is now inked through the 2020 season.
The extension comes on the same day the Patriots extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee. The Bills have until Monday to decide to match that offer.
As for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound White, he fills the “passing back” role in the Patriots’ offense, which is significant given how often the team throws the football. His strong pass-catching skills and willingness to pick up the blitz are part of what makes him an asset to the team in that role.
The 2016 season was White’s first full year as the team’s front-line “passing back” and he finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 551 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 166 yards rushing on 39 carries.