Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry is signing a deal with the New England Patriots. New England has now scored the top two tight ends on the free agent market. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Hunter Henry was the big fish on the free agent market at the tight end position. Boy, did he get his money too. The former Chargers tight end has signed a deal with the New England Patriots.

The news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Henry’s deal is worth $37.5 million over three years. $25 of which is guaranteed.

Henry, 26, has suffered an injury plagued career. The former 2nd round pick out of Arkansas in 2016 has never played a full 16 game season. In Henry’s five year career, he’s missed 25 possible games. Half the battle is getting him on the field. New England better hope the injury concerns are a thing of the past.

The production hasn’t been elite but it’s mostly held back by injuries. Henry is coming off back to back years over 600 yards. Henry caught a career high 60 balls in 14 games this past season. The talent is there. Henry was an early draft pick for a reason.

New England has now signed the top two tight ends on the free agent market. The Henry signing comes just one day after Jonnu Smith inked a deal with the team. Oddly enough, Smith’s deal is significantly more than what Henry signed for. Are the Patriots trying to recreate the magic of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski?

The Chargers now have to find a new tight end for Justin Herbert. Something that could become a priority now during the draft.

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