FOXBOROUGH, MA - After a breakout year in which he posted team-leading career highs in sacks (14.5) and tackles (105), OLB Phillip Davenport cashed in with a 5-year, $60 million contract extension that includes $42 million in guaranteed money. The pass rusher is now under contract through the 2031 season, as he’s currently on his 5th year option. The deal is similar in structure and payment to two other elite AFC linebackers: Baltimore’s Kenyatta Henderson (5 years, $13.4M AAV, 100% guaranteed) and Los Angeles’ Shane Easley (5 years, $12.7M AAV, 75.6% guaranteed).
“An elite pass-rusher can define a defense, “ GM @Piercewise1 said at a press conference announcing the extension. “Davenport is an exceptional athlete who elevates the play of everyone around him. We’re delighted to reward his on-field performance and excited to see his continued growth as both a football player and a member of the Patriots organization. The future is bright in New England, and I hope our fans are as eager as I am for the seasons ahead.”
Davenport’s is the second big move the franchise has made to keep its most talented players; during the season they re-signed Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Randolph to a 5-year, $65 million extension. With these deals, the Patriots now have 8 of their top 10 most skilled players under contract for at least the next two seasons*, a good sign for a team coming off its best performance in years. One of the exceptions is center David Sutton, who was drafted in the 2022 1st round along with Davenport and is also playing on his 5th year option. Insiders report the two sides have begun negotiations on a new contract, though they have not yet agreed on terms. The other is Brad Weathersby, the 12-year veteran kicker.
With a cadre of young players and six picks in the upcoming draft (including #21 overall), the Patriots are prepared to compete in 2026 and beyond.
*Final year of contract // position // player // skill
2027 - QB Alex Leshoure (93)
2027 - OG Gary Gaines (87)
2027 - DE Deontre Graham (90)
2027 – SS Jarvis Bolton (88)
2028 - WR Geno Harris (88)
2028 - OG Josh Jones (87)
2030 – OT Taylor Randolph (97)
2031 – OLB Phillip Davenport (94)