Patriots, Jahlani Tavai agree to two-year contract extension

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The Patriots want to keep linebacker Jahlani Tavai around for a couple more years.

Tavai and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension through 2024, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Tavai has emerged as an important player in New England this season, playing 52 percent of their defensive snaps and 71 percent of their special teams snaps.

Originally a second-round pick of the Lions in 2019, Tavai played two years in Detroit and has now been in New England for two years.

4 responses to “Patriots, Jahlani Tavai agree to two-year contract extension

  1. I’ll be honest, when this guy came in, I saw another slow footed lumbering MLB project like a Terez Hall maybe with more pop or another Elandon Roberts with only downhill/inline playmaking ability, but I was wrong after watching him closely for weeks now.

    He plays everywhere. He plays off the ball and on the edge. He made a nice tackle into the flat on Aaron Jones in GB at the sticks, for example. Has a nice motor and hits, too.

    He plays his more natural middle most of the time. High IQ player, IMO. His smarts and feel for the game make up for any lack of natural physical skills.

    This guy, Jennings and Uche, while not even consistently good players, are showing some things with possible upside.

  2. Good for Tavai. Another busted 2nd round pick from Detroit either flaming out entirely or finding success only AFTER leaving the Lions. Even the new regime – while they have had a better draft hit rate – still have not gotten any real value from their 2 second round picks.

  3. Good for him for finding his way. He was a classic Quinn/Patricia era bust that was massivly overdrafted when 2 unqualified people making the decisions fell in love with him. Never in all years of following football and the Lions have I had had to go “who” for a 2nd round pick – and then watch all the broadcast crew and Lion reporterss do the same. Never seen it again either. No one but Quinn and Patricia knew who this guy was. Sure worked out for them. LOL

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