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Tracking the latest free agency rumors for James White

The Patriots could move on from yet another key member of their offense this offseason.

James White #28 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.

2020 in review

The Patriots as a whole were just plain bad on 2020 and that did not help White out in his contract year. White had his lowest number of targets and receptions since 2015 and his lowest rushing attempts and yards since 2016. It’s hard to blame him for the ineptitude of the Patriots offense though. He would be a sought after piece for a backfield if allowed to walk.

Possible destinations

White is one of the few running backs that the Patriots signed to an extension, but it would appear his time with the team could be up. The most obvious destination for him is to join back up with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. One of the weaknesses for the Buccaneers was the lack of a strong pass-catching back last season and the fit is almost too perfect for White.

Do the Patriots want to keep him?

The Patriots have already been in contact with pass-catching backs going into the NFL draft and it appears they will look to go cheaper than what they’d need to re-sign White.

Fantasy implications

If White were to land in Tampa Bay, he could have similar fantasy upside to what he had in his best seasons with the Patriots. That’s not huge upside, but still useful in full PPR leagues. If he ends up elsewhere, it will depend on the offense, but White should be able to go somewhere that will be willing to get him a healthy amount of targets.

Rumored interest