The New England Patriots have not had many players walk in and out of their doors that they have regretted trading or not re-signing. Bill Belichick has a knack for knowing when he has gotten all he can out of a player, and almost always lets them go at the ideal time. However, here are a couple current ex-Patriots that I wish were still on the 2016-2017 squad.
1. Adam Vinatieri
Arguably the greatest kicker of all time, Adam Vinatieri has had one of the most successful careers to date. And, at 43 years old, looks to be getting better with age, much like his old friend and ex-teammate Tom Brady. In his career, Vinatieri has a 84.4 field goal completion percentage with 2,352 points scored since coming into the league in 1996. Vinatieri had the game-winning field goals in Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII and also holds the record for most consecutive field goals made at 44, which was snapped this season. While Stephen Gostkowski has been fantastic since taking over for Vinatieri, nobody beats "Mr. Clutch."
2. Aqib Talib
Talib only played with the team for two seasons before signing a massive six-year, $57 million contract with the Denver Broncos, but I believe he truly changed the mindset of this team in the defensive secondary. In 2013, in his last year with the team, Talib was selected to the Pro Bowl, his first, as well as a second-team All-Pro nod. Before being traded to the Patriots, Talib had problems with the Tampa Bay Bucs and hasn't exactly been a choir boy with the Denver Broncos, so it may have been in both parties' best interests to call it quits after two seasons. Nonetheless, can you imagine a defensive secondary that featured Aqib Talib, Darrelle Revis, and Malcolm Butler in 2014? Wow.
3. Vince Wilfork
Big Vince was adored by many and has a spot waiting for him in the Patriots Hall of Fame. Wilfork took numerous paycuts before he decided to part ways with the Pats after the end of the 2014 season. Winning Super Bowl XLIX was a fitting end to Big Vince's career in New England, as he signed with the Houston Texans and just simply hasn't had the same impact that he did with the Patriots. Sure, the Patriots have Malcom Brown and Alan Branch manning the interior defensive line, but there will be no one quite like big #75.