The Patriots and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux reached terms on a 2-year contract extension that should keep him in New England through the 2024 season, according to his agents Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha.
The deal is worth $20.8 million, including $17.85 million guaranteed. Playing his first season with the Patriots last year, Godchaux appeared in all 17 games and recorded 65 tackles, one sack, five QB hits and a forced fumble. He originally signed with the Pats as a free agent in March 2021, after spending the first four years of his career in Miami.
Godchaux played 59% of the team’s defensive snaps last season, tops among defensive linemen. He graded out as the 29th-best defensive lineman at Pro Football Focus, among those who played at least 520 snaps. The 27-year-old projects as the Patriots’ starting nose tackle again this season next to either Lawrence Guy or Christian Barmore.
With Godchaux, the run defense proved inconsistent last year, ranking 25th in yards per carry allowed, but 10th by Football Outsiders’ opponent-and-situation-adjusted metric DVOA.
According to ESPN, extending Godchaux will create roughly $1.5 million in cap space, pushing them just over $4 million, per Over The Cap.