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Patriots big spenders on first day of NFL’s legal tampering period

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — Bill Belichick broke out the check book on the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period, signing several free agents.

The Patriots devoted lots of attention and money to the defensive side of the ball at the unofficial start of free agency.

A person familiar with the deal says the Patriots have agreed to sign edge rusher Matt Judon to a four-year, $56 million contract with the former Baltimore Ravens standout who totaled 15 1/2 sacks in earning back-to-back Pro Bowl selections.

New England also came to terms with free agent defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and defensive back Jalen Mills.

On offense New England signed tight end Jonnu Smith to a four-year, $50 million deal in its biggest move to date to fill the void created by the departure of Rob Gronkowski. They also added receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.

Smith, who was drafted by the Titans in the third round in 2017, agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Smith has been a consistent presence for Tennessee, appearing in 60 games with 53 starts over the past four years. He is coming off his best season with the Titans, catching 41 passes for 448 yards for eight touchdowns.

Patriots Left Guard Joe Thuney reportedly signed a 5 year/$80 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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