Humphries Picks Titans Despite Patriots’ Interest
By Kevin Duffy
FOXBORO -- In need of offensive playmakers, the New England Patriots made a late push to sign Adam Humphries, but lost out on the talented slot receiver to the Titans.
Humphries’ deal with Tennessee became official Thursday afternoon.
The Patriots made a strong effort to sign Humphries after news of his commitment to Tennessee had leaked, according to a source. Humphries’ agreement with the Titans was first reported on Monday afternoon, the first day of the NFL’s “legal tampering” period. Player contracts could not become official until Wednesday at 4 p.m., however. That gave the Patriots a window to continue their pursuit of Humphries.
At his introductory press conference in Tennessee, Humphries confirmed that the Patriots were in the mix. Here was the exchange between a reporter and Humphries:
Question: “Is it your understanding that the Patriots maybe came after you after you had agreed to terms here and did you ever waver?”
Humphries: “It’s definitely my understanding. That was something that I was weighing, the options between both teams. It was tough. Obviously, they have a lot of success with guys similar to me. Obviously, everything I’ve said to you guys today about why I chose here is true. I’m excited to work with this team and hopefully propel them to some wins and a playoff run.”
Humphries, who caught 76 passes for 816 yards as Tampa Bay’s slot receiver a year ago, said he always intended to honor his verbal commitment to the Titans.
“I’m a man of my word,” Humphries said. “But it’s tough. It’s a big decision. It’s a decision that will impact me for the rest of my life. I obviously put a lot of thought into that. Having family around me was good. Once I committed to Tennessee, I was really excited to be a Titan and I still am.”
At 25 years old and entering the prime of his career, Humphries would have been an interesting addition alongside Julian Edelman.
The Patriots still have work to do after re-signing Phillip Dorsett Wednesday and reportedly adding former Lions receiver Bruce Ellington on Thursday.
Golden Tate, the top receiver in free agency, remains unsigned.