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Report: Patriots sign second-round pick Josh Uche to four-year deal

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The New England Patriots made quite an investment to trade up and take Michigan edge rusher Josh Uche in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It appears they have since wasted no time in getting his rookie deal done.

According to NFL Network Insider Adam Schefter, that Patriots have already signed Uche to a four-year contract:

Patriots signed second-round draft pick, Josh Uche, to a four-year deal, per Rosenhaus Sports. Uche is highest draft pick to sign to date.

It is safe to say that the process was a rather quick one for both sides involved. Of course, this hardly comes as a surprise considering the effort New England made to bring him in.

The Patriots did a stellar job of shoring up a bevy of picks to work with on the second day of the draft. However, they had set their sights on bringing in Uche when he was still on the board in the second round. As a result, they traded the 71st and 89th picks to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for No. 60 and a fourth-rounder out of fear that the teams ahead of them were set to take him.

New England is now hoping Uche can help form one of the more talented, young edge-rushing duos across from fellow Michigan product Chase Winovich. They certainly have good reason to be confident after watching him finish the 2019 campaign with a career-high 34 tackles while leading the team with 8.5 sacks en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors.

He will now have an opportunity to etch out an integral role for himself for this elite group as a rookie in the 2020 NFL season.