Patriots sign DT Davon Godchaux to two-year, $20.8 million extension


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Godchaux started 16 games with the Patriots last year.

New England Patriots nose Davon Godchaux celebrates a sack during the second half of an NFL game. AP Photo/Danny Karnik

The Patriots signed defensive tackle Davon Godchaux to a two-year extension worth $20.8 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The contract includes $17.85 million guaranteed by Schefter, citing Godchaux’s agents. Godchaux is entering the final year of a two-year, $15 million contract, which he signed with the Patriots in March 2021.

Godchaux started 16 of the 17 games he appeared in last season. He recorded 65 total tackles, including 32 on his own, as well as a sack in Week 11 against the Falcons.

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Godchaux was drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft before joining the Patriots last season. He spoke highly of the Patriots’ defensive potential in January.

“I feel like once the 11 guys that are on the court at that time come into play…I feel like we’re the best defense in the NFL,” he said. -he declares. “I feel like we are very good once we force the teams to fight.

“The sky’s the limit for us.”

In December, Bill Belichick praised Godchaux in a lengthy response, calling him a “really good player for us” while pointing out that Godchaux has played in several different positions.

“I think his passing rush has really improved this year,” Belichick added. “His transition being able to play the run and then when it’s a play-action pass, the transition from a running technique to a passing technique quickly, and that’s not an easy thing to do, because the game starts off as a race, but it’s not a race. So he’s done a really good job, he’s got a lot of strength, a lot of tenacity, he runs well, he’s got good speed. And again, that’s is a very instinctive player understands blocking patterns and blocking patterns etc and does a really good job really protects our linebackers like all defensive linemen do they do a good job at the forward, making the linebacker’s job cleaner.

“So yeah, he’s been a great addition. Glad we have him and his versatility to play both off the ball and on the ball.



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