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Report: Patriots sign rookie N’Keal Harry to four-year deal

N'Keal Harry, Patriots

The New England Patriots have signed rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry to a four-year, $10.1 million contract, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Harry, who played his collegiate football at Arizona State University, was selected by the Patriots in the first round (32nd pick overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft late last month.

It marked the first time in over two decades that New England used a first-round pick on a wide receiver, with the late Terry Glenn representing the last time it occurred back in 1996.

The pick did not come as much of a surprise, as the Pats were in desperate need of help in the passing game after losing tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement and wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan to free agency. In addition, fellow wide out Josh Gordon is currently serving an indefinite suspension.

Harry is coming off of a terrific junior campaign in which he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns, marking his second straight 1,000-yard season. During his sophomore year, Harry caught 82 passes for 1,142 yards and eight scores.

The Patriots won 11 games and captured the AFC East division title this past season, good for their 10th straight division crown and 15th in the last 16 years.

New England then went on to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC playoffs before moving on to top the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth Super Bowl title, with all of those championships coming since Tom Brady took over as quarterback back in 2001.