The New England Patriots couldn’t wait until the draft to bolster their receiving corps.
The Pats moved to sign former Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee to a 1-year deal Thursday morning, according to an ESPN report. Lee was released by Jacksonville earlier this week after two injury-plagued seasons. He was placed on injured reserve last October with a shoulder injury that limited him to three catches for 18 yards on the year.
Lee, 28, is reportedly fully healthy. He entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the Jaguars in 2014. He broke out in his third season for 63 catches, 851 yards and three touchdowns. All of those numbers still stand as Lee’s career bests.
After a successful 2017 campaign season, Lee signed a four-year, $34 million contract to remain in Jacksonville. The following preseason, he tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve. Lee eventually returned to the field in 2019, only to be quickly sidelined by a bad shoulder.
Lee’s history of poor injury luck dates back to college days at USC. In the NFL, he’s caught 174 passes for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns in 59 career games. Lee checks in at 6-0 and 196 pounds.
Lee joins fellow wide receivers Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Mohamed Sanu, Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Devin Ross and Quincy Adeboyejo on the team’s depth chart. He is expected to compete for a roster spot as the Pats’ fourth or fifth wideout. He also has experience as a punt returner.