Report: Patriots tender former third-round pick OT Yodny Cajuste

The New England Patriots aren’t taking any chances with their offensive tackle depth in 2023. After re-signing Conor McDermott and signing Calvin Anderson, the team has reportedly placed a restricted free agent tender on former third-round draft pick Yodny Cajuste.

It’s a one-year, $2.743 million deal, according to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.

This is the second tendered contract the Patriots have issued in this free agency period with the team doing the same with cornerback Myles Bryant on Tuesday. There’s unlikely to be any takers for Cajuste, who would kick back a third-round draft pick in return if another team ends up signing him.

The former third-round draft pick tumbled down the depth chart last season, which might have been his best opportunity to step from beyond the shadows of Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn.

We’ll see if the 27-year-old offensive lineman can finally break through in 2023 on a roster that’s obviously loading up at the tackle position.

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