The Patriots have signed veteran Ty Montgomery to a two-year deal, a league source confirmed Thursday afternoon.
Montgomery is New England’s second external signing of free agency, joining cornerback Terrance Mitchell. He held a small offensive role for the Saints last season, catching 16 passes for 95 yards and rushing for another 44.
The Packers drafted Montgomery as a wide receiver out of Stanford in the third round in 2015. His best college season was his junior year, when he logged 61 receptions for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also was one of the nation’s best kickoff returners, averaging 31.2 yards per return and scoring two touchdowns.
Soon after entering the NFL, though, Montgomery shifted his position to running back. He was Green Bay’s leading rusher in 2016, with 457 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 44 passes for 348 yards that year, his best statistical season offensively.
Montgomery spent three and a half years with the Packers — totaling 849 rushing yards and 827 receiving yards during that time — before getting traded to the Ravens in 2018. He finished out the 2018 season in Baltimore and then signed with the Jets for a year.
During his stint in New York, Montgomery was primarily used on special teams, returning 18 kicks for 364 yards (20.2 yard average). He only played 14.71 percent of the offense’s snaps.
In May 2020, Montgomery signed with the Saints and later re-signed in 2021. In New Orleans, he earned praise for his special teams contributions — both as a kick returner and as a gunner on punt coverage.
“He’s a good football player,” coach Sean Payton said last September. “He can run and there’s got to be a little toughness there. I think it’s one of the harder jobs in football.”
Montgomery, who turned 29 in January, will join James White, Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, and JJ Taylor in New England’s running back room.
Patriots deals so far
▪ The Patriots signed free agent cornerback Terrance Mitchell to a one-year deal.
▪ Running back James White is returning on a two-year deal.
▪ Special teamer Matthew Slater, 37, is returning to New England on a one-year, $2.62 million fully guaranteed contract. It will be his 15th NFL season.
▪ Kicker Nick Folk is returning on a two-year deal.
▪ The Patriots agreed to bring back backup QB Brian Hoyer we have a two-year deal.
▪ The Patriots are bringing back versatility offensive lineman James Ferentz
▪ Safety Devin McCourty is returning to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth $9 million.
▪ The Patriots are using a second-round tender on receiver Jakobi Meyers.
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