The Patriots are ready to spend but will they?

January 29, 2024

NFL Free Agency opens on March 13th and the Patriots are expected to be active. At least according to new coach Jerod Mayo. “We’re bringing in talent, 1,000 percent,” Mayo said on the head coach’s Monday radio hit on WEEI. “We have a lot of cap space and cash. We’re ready to burn some cash!” The Patriots are expected to have north of $60 million in cap space, but that…


Looking back on the Patriots free agent shopping spree of 2021

March 14, 2023

Bill Belichick went on an uncharacteristic shopping spree two years ago during the opening two days of free agency. He spent over $163 million in guaranteed money on several high profile free agents. It was the perfect storm. The NFL was still dealing with Covid, teams weren’t spending and the Patriots had an abundance of cap space. Coming off of a 7-9 season, Belichick wanted to turn things around quickly…


Patriots Biggest Needs Series: Safety

March 12, 2023

We continue the Patriots biggest needs series highlighting the safety position. With Devin McCourty retiring on Friday, safety now becomes a priority position in free agency and the draft. Replacing McCourty is virtually impossible but the Patriots are well positioned to address the position in both free agency and the the draft. They have $32 million dollars in cap space and the 14th and 46th pick in the first two…


Patriots Biggest Needs Series: Wide Receiver

March 10, 2023

The Patriots have several significant needs this offseason and the New England Football Journal is breaking down each one. This installment is about wide receiver, a position that has some strong internal candidates, but could use an addition in at least one key spot. At present, the Patriots receiving corps consists of Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton and practice squad receiver Raleigh Webb. Matthew Slater is listed as a…


10 cornerbacks the Patriots could target in free agency and the draft

March 9, 2023

One could argue that cornerback is perhaps the Patriots biggest need this off-season. With Jonathan Jones and JoeJuan Williams free agents, the Patriots currently have Marcus Jones, Jack Jones, Jalen Mills and Shaun Wade on the roster. Myles Bryant is a restricted free agent. The Patriots need a true boundary corner. A player with length that can cover X receivers on the backside. With just under $32 million to play…


Patriots Biggest Needs Series: Cornerback

March 9, 2023

The Patriots have several significant needs this offseason and the New England Football Journal is breaking down each one. This installment is about cornerback, a position that has traditionally been strong for New England but that currently has a missing piece. The Patriots have a strong defensive back group overall. Kyle Dugger is an emerging star at safety and Jack Jones and Marcus Jones made an impact as rookies. If……


10 offensive tackles the Patriots could target in free agency and the draft

March 8, 2023

The Patriots have a glaring need at offensive tackle. I still maintain cornerback is a bigger need but they need to address both the left and right tackle spots. The Patriots currently have Trent Brown, Conor McDermott and Andrew Stueber under contract on the active roster. The only other offensive lineman who could play tackle is Michael Onwenu. With Isaiah Wynn and Yodny Cajuste free agents, the Patriots are fully……


Patriots: Some familiar names are staying and some are going in a quiet first day of free agency for the Patriots

March 15, 2022

Free agency unofficially began yesterday with the legal tampering window starting today at noon. As expected, the Patriots primarily focused on retaining some of their players while losing some key contributors as well. Here are my thoughts on day one of free agency for the Patriots. I thought J.C Jackson got a fair market deal from the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson signed a five year, $82.5 million dollar contract. He…


Patriots: Should they stay or should they go? Which of their free agents should the Patriots re-sign?

March 13, 2022

The Patriots have 18 free agents. 16 of them are unrestricted free agents and there are some familiar names on the list including Devin McCourty, Trent Brown, Dont’a Hightower, J.C Jackson and Ted Karras. So who should Bill Belichick bring back? Well, much of that will depend on cap space and the Patriots don’t have a lot of it. They currently have just over $10 million in space. Here is…


Patriots: Four Biggest Needs, Part Two: Wide Receiver

March 11, 2022

The Patriots were trounced, 47-17, in the Wild Card Round against the Bills and that game exposed several important areas that New England needs to address. This is part two of a four-part series centered on the four most important areas that the Patriots need to improve. Part two focuses on wide receiver. The Patriots have struggled to upgrade the wide receiver position over the past several years despite some…