Joe Thuney addresses getting franchise tag, future in New England


In a bit of a surprise move this offseason, Joe Thuney got the franchise tag from the Patriots meaning he will play the 2020 season on a one-year deal worth just under $15 million.

While some players don't like getting the tag as it delays getting a long-term deal, it didn't seem to bother Thuney.

“I love being here. I love the Patriots organization, my teammates and everyone, so I’m glad to be here, and I’m pumped for the season," he said via video conference Wednesday. "… There’s just a whole business aspect of it that kind of is what it is, but I’m really fortunate to be able to play here and excited to be back with my teammates.”

Thuney, who will be a free agent again after the season, was asked if he would like to remain a Patriot beyond this season.

“I’m just focused on this training camp, trying to get better day in, day out and controlling things I can control,” he said. “And right now, that’s just trying to get better a little bit today and going into tomorrow.”

It could be an interesting season for Thuney as with Marcus Cannon opting out, there's a chance he could see some reps at right tackle, a position where he got eight snaps at last season.

In other news, Thuney will get his MBA in the coming days.