The Patriots dominate free agency and this year is no different. The Patriots already got Stephon Gilmore, Rex Burkhead, Dwayne Allen, Lawrence Guy, Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy. It’s gone from “likely repeaters” to “hand us the Lombardi now.”
They have $26,458,111 left in cap space, which is plenty for a couple more FA’s and draft picks. The Browns are still looking at Jimmy G and I see them giving the Pats at least their #12 pick for him; I just don’t know if the Patriots will go for it. That said, let’s look at who’s left for the Patriots to pick up until the draft.
Adrian Peterson: With an asking price of $8 million, it’s easy to see why AP is still on the market. He may have some juice left in him but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and had basically no stats last year with 0 TDs and only playing in 4 games. He did say he’d take a paycut to play for the Pats. The RB needs at this point, however, is a powerback if the Patriots need to replace Blount.
Richard Sherman: Recently, there have been talks of the Seahawks trading star CB Richard Sherman for the right price. He’s looking at costing $11 million in 2017 which is honestly worth it and would give the Patriots the #1 secondary in the league and probably the #1 defense. Of course, grabbing Sherman would mean losing Butler, which a lot of people aren’t ready for.
Darrelle Revis: Another superstar CB who would make the Pats the #1 secondary, Revis was dropped of all charges and speculation has risen immensely regarding his return to his former team. He won’t cost as much as Sherman with $6 million guaranteed by NYJ. The Pats really only have to pay big money if they offer more than 6M, which they wouldn’t. Again this would mean an end to Butler in New England, but if the Patriots replace him with Revis or Sherman, it’s worth it.