Patterson finalized a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bears, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. It's really a one-year commitment, devoid of any guarantees beyond 2019. The Bears likely will deploy Patterson as their No. 4 wide receiver and kickoff return specialist in his age-28 season, with the potential to get him some carries on jet sweeps or even out of the backfield. He displayed impressive versatility with New England in 2018, spending a few weeks in the backfield when the team was hit by injuries.
Patterson intends to sign a contract with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Patterson is planning on joining the Bears after one season in New England. He was used more as a runner than a receiver in 2018, carrying the ball 42 times for 228 yards while catching 21 passes for 247 yards. He'll likely handle kick return duties for Chicago and serve as a gadget player on offense.
Patterson was on the field for four of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. In the process, Patterson ran twice for seven yards and hauled in both of his targets for 14 yards, while adding a 38-yard kickoff return. In 15 regular-season games, Patterson logged 42 carries for 228 yards and a TD, while posting 21 catches (on 28 targets) for 247 yards and three receiving scores. The 27-year-old is slated to become a free agent next month, but it wouldn't surprise us to see the Patriots make a push to retain the 2013 first-rounder, whose versatility and return skills proved valuable to the team in 2018.
Patterson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Following the Patriots' first-round playoff bye, Patterson -- who was inactive in the Week 17 win over the Jets -- is slated to play in Sunday's divisional-round game against the Chargers. Patterson's versatility and play-making ability have made him an asset this season and as such, he could carve out some deep-league utility in postseason fantasy pools, even if his touches aren't abundant.
Patterson (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets. With the versatile Patterson out Sunday, the Patriots' Week 17 wideout corps will be headed by Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/06||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|8||10/27||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|16||12/23||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||47||35||336||2||16||9.60||64|