New England has agreed to terms with White on a three-year contract extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source involved in the deal. The contract is worth $12 million and includes $4.69 million guaranteed, Rapoport added.
Far from a one-hit wonder, White was one of the NFL's most improved players in 2016. Displacing Dion Lewis as Brady's security blanket out of the backfield, the 2014 fourth-round draft pick finished first in receiving touchdowns (five) and third in receptions (60) and receiving yards (551) among NFL running backs.
Prior to White's extension, all three primary tailbacks under contract were due to reach free agency in 2018.
Although Lewis returned from reconstructive knee surgery in November, he was utilized primarily as a runner while White concentrated on receiving duties. White figures to retain that pass-catching role this season, with Lewis, Burkhead and perhaps Gillislee splitting carries as dictated by their own unique strengths and weaknesses.