Ramon Stevenson breaks the news following Patriots minicamp

The 2024 offseason would be a big one for the Patriots for a number of reasons, other than replacing Bill Belichick with Jerod Mayo and selecting a new franchise quarterback in the draft. There were plenty of questions about the roster and how the new regime was going to improve it ahead of next season, including which players were being tipped to be offered extensions.

So far we’ve seen Christian Barmore, Kendrick Bourne, Kyle Duggar and Hunter Henry get new contracts, all of which are deserved and needed. But we’re still waiting to see a few more, mainly Matthew Judon.

While there have been no updates on the status of negotiations with the star pass rusher, we do know that another player vital to the offense’s success is nearing a new contract.

Of the few offensive linemen who need to step up, Ramondre Stevenson is at the top of the list. He may be on the run and looking for a new contract, which has been a hot topic of late, but he’s been the backbone of the Patriots offense since being drafted in 2021.

That made it crucial for Jerod Mayo and Elliott Wolff to keep him around beyond the 2024 season, especially since he’s on track to become one of the best at the position in the league. He will do more harm than good if he pursues his career elsewhere.

Extended talks between Stevenson and the team have not been disclosed this offseason, but the running back after Monday’s minicamp revealed that those talks have been ongoing and he feels they are “pretty close” to reaching an agreement.

Exactly what this entails is not yet clear, but it is good news to hear that work is being done to preserve Stevenson. He’s made it known he wants to stay with the team and thus take on more responsibility on offense, which is all good news for a unit in need of drastic improvement.

Stevenson is considered a building block of the future for this young and developing offense, so hopefully a deal will happen sooner rather than later.

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