Reports: Patriots to sign FB Develin to extension

New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2017.Photo Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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The New England Patriots and fullback James Develin are nearing agreement on a two-year contract extension, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Develin will be entering his seventh NFL season, all with the Patriots. His current two-year contract was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season. The pending deal was first reported by the Athletic.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Develin has appeared in 16 games in four of the past five seasons, making a career-high seven starts in 2017 and earning Pro Bowl honors for the first time.

Although he has only seven career rushing attempts and none in the last two seasons, Develin tied his career high with six receptions in 2017.

Develin missed the entire 2015 season after he was placed on injured reserve in September.