Phillip Dorsett 2019 Contract Option Reportedly Declined by Patriots

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 1: Phillip Dorsett #13 of the New England Patriots in action against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots reportedly declined the fifth-year contract option on receiver Phillip Dorsett's rookie deal on Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Dorsett was acquired by New England from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett just before the beginning of the 2017 season. Apparently, they didn't see enough from the former No. 29 overall pick since September to pick up his option.

Last season, he managed just 12 receptions for 194 yards. He has just 63 catches for 947 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons out of Miami.

After being taken by Indianapolis in the first round of the 2015 draft, he was limited to just 11 games as a rookie after requiring midseason ankle surgery. He showed some improvement in his second season, hauling in 528 yards, but ultimately, the Colts decided he wasn't a part of their long-term plans.

It appears New England isn't sold on him either.

This offseason has seen the Patriots give their receiving corps a makeover. Gone are Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks, in are Cordarrelle Patterson and Jordan Matthews. The team also drafted Braxton Berrios out of Miami in the sixth round of last week's draft.

A 4.33 40-yard dash made the 5'10" Dorsett one of the top vertical threats in his draft class. However, he has yet to establish himself as a playmaker in the NFL. 

With a season in New England's system now under his belt, Dorsett will need to use 2018 as a prove-it year, whether it be to the Patriots or another team which can pick him up in free agency at the end of the season.


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