Chris Hogan understands the “business” of Patriots not re-signing him

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Chris Hogan had seen plenty of wide receivers come and go during his three-year tenure with the New England Patriots.

So, when Hogan found out that three-year tenure was ending Friday, he understood the Patriots' decision not to re-sign him in free agency.

"It’s a business. I can't read too much into it," Hogan said after Carolina Panthers signed him to a one-year contract in free agency, via ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. “At the end of the day, they're trying to run the team as best as they see fit.

"Sometimes things don't work out. I'm just really excited about this opportunity."

Hogan carved out a solid niche in New England, averaging 15.4 yards per catch over three seasons as a zone-busting slot man. His production dipped last season when Josh Gordon entered the fold, however, and it appears the Patriots are going in a different direction as they eye wide receiver prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As for Hogan, he'll jump from one former NFL MVP to another in Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. While Tom Brady and Newton are very different players, the 30-year-old Hogan sees some similarities between the two QBs.

"Tom was great. He demanded a lot and was an ultimate competitor,” Hogan told reporters in a conference call, via Panthers.com. “From what I hear and just from watching Cam play, he’s the ultimate competitor as well. Really excited about the opportunity to play with him."

Hogan will get the chance to see his old club this summer, as the Patriots visit Carolina in Week 3 of the preseason. It appears he's at peace with moving on after two Super Bowl rings in New England, however.

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