Patriots sign first-round pick QB Drake Maye

The New England Patriots signed Drake Maye, their first-round draft pick and likely quarterback of the future, to his four-year rookie contract on Tuesday.The Patriots did not disclose financial terms, but based on the rookie wage scale, Maye is expected to receive a full guaranteed $36.63 million contract with a $23.46 million signing bonus as the third overall pick in April’s draft.All first-round picks’ deals carry a team option for a fifth year.Maye starred at North Carolina in 2022 and 2023 and was the third quarterback off the board last month after Southern California’s Caleb Williams and LSU’s Jayden Daniels went 1-2 to the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders.