Breaking news: The New England Patriots new player

Breaking news: The New England Patriots new player

Breaking news: The New England Patriots new player

The New England Patriots found an undrafted gem in center David Andrews two years ago — and they’re not letting him go.

After reports emerged Thursday night that the Patriots and Andrews had a deal in the works, it now looks like the two sides have come to an agreement that will keep the two-year vet in New England through the 2020 season.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Andrews’ extension is worth $9 million over three seasons, with incentives that can bump that total up to a maximum of $11 million.

Per PatsCap, that rate of $3 million per season would make Andrews the 14th-highest paid center in the NFL during the three years of his extension.

The Patriots clearly like Andrews, as evidenced by his rise into the starting role during his rookie season. In year 2, Andrews was a rock, starting every game and helping anchor the offensive line of a Super Bowl championship offense.

Andrews went undrafted coming out of college because he was considered undersized for the NFL, despite his technique and skillset. Clearly, he’s overcome those issues in the past two season.

The Patriots look to have a good deal of their offensive line locked up for the near and long-term future. Right tackle Marcus Cannon agreed to a five-year extension towards the end of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, Joe Thuney still has three more years on his rookie deal. Shaq Mason still has two.

The Patriots do have a decision coming up on left tackle Nate Solder, whose contract expires at the end of 2017.