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Former Alabama LB working with Patriots on a 3-year deal to remain with team

New England Patriots LB Anfernee Jennings (#33) celebrating with teammates after a play in 2023 season versus Broncos.
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It traded Mac Jones to Jacksonville and Mack Wilson signed to Arizona as a free agent, but the New England Patriots want to hang on to a University of Alabama alumnus from its 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship squad.

Anfernee Jennings, a former Crimson Tide edge rusher, is expected to return to the Patriots on a three-year deal.

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Mike Reiss, an ESPN National NFL reporter for the Patriots, reported the news Wednesday.

Jennings, a third-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, was on two CFP National Championship teams (2015, 2017) for the Tide.

He made first-team All-Southeastern Conference for his excellence in 2019, tallying 83 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss (team-high), eight sacks (team-high), five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and an interception. He had a career-high 66 tackles in 2023 for the Patriots and totaled 1.5 sacks.

He also turned in a fumble recovery in 14 starts.

He missed the 2021 season because of an injury; however, Jennings has 113 career tackles in 45 games.

New England sees something in him it likes and wants him to work out. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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