Inman's one-year contract with the Patriots includes $300,000 guaranteed and a $100,000 reporting bonus, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The contract also has $300k in per-game roster bonuses and up to $1 million available from incentives. It's a much stronger deal than the ones New England gave to Maurice Harris and Bruce Ellington, while even Demaryius Thomas has less guaranteed money (albeit with larger roster bonuses and a larger cap hit). Phillip Dorsett actually got the strongest contract of the bunch, landing $500k guaranteed on a one-year, $2.6 million deal. The Patriots are throwing numbers at the wide receiver position, with Inman joining the aforementioned players as well as Julian Edelman and first-round pick K'Neal Harry. The team also hopes to eventually add Josh Gordon (suspension) back to the mix, though it isn't quite clear when that might happen. Competition for roles behind Edelman should be fierce.
Inman signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Inman reportedly had a number of suitors this offseason, but he ultimately decided on New England after a solid stint with Indianapolis in the second half of last season. He likely will compete for a spot as the team's No. 4 wide receiver this offseason behind Julian Edelman, rookie N'Keal Harry and Phillip Dorsett.
Inman will visit with the Lions on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Inman failed to latch on with a team last offseason but eventually made an impact after he signed with the Colts in mid-October. He caught 28 of 39 targets for 304 yards and three touchdowns in nine regular-season games, later adding eight catches for 108 yards and another score in two playoff appearances. The 30-year-old had an 800-yard season for the Chargers in 2016 and owns a career mark of 8.1 yards per target, but most teams seem to view him as a No. 4-quality receiver rather than a consistent contributor. He likely would land fourth on the depth chart in Detroit, where Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones (knee) and Danny Amendola project as the regular three-wide alignment.
Inman recorded 304 yards and three touchdowns on 28 receptions in nine games during 2018. Inman joined the Colts midway through the 2018 season and ended the year as the team's No. 2 wide receiver. He scored a touchdown in the final two regular-season games and recorded over 50 receiving yards in each of Indianapolis' playoff games. The 29-year-old receiver has had two relatively down years after a breakout 810-yard, four-touchdown campaign for the Chargers in 2016. He'll become an undrafted free agent this offseason and could secure a role as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver with a club in 2019, which would make him a potential fantasy option in the late rounds next year.
Inman (shoulder/finger) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs. Inman was limited at practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but he'll be out there Saturday to provide Andrew Luck with a viable secondary target behind top wideout T.Y. Hilton. Over his last three outings, Inman has quietly racked up 13 catches on 15 targets for 176 yards and three scores. He'll look to extend his scoring streak to four games Saturday against a Kansas City defense that yielded an average of 273.4 passing yards per game this past season. That mark ranked 31st overall in the NFL.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||59||37||486||3||24||13.14||66|