Patriots Free Agency First Four Hours Wrap
To the shock of only those with no long-term memory, the Patriots weren’t active in the first few hours of free agency. As is usually the case, the Pats were content to sit back and let the market play out and will begin to make their moves in the coming days, with a focus on the mid-range veteran free agents that they’ve built a decade-plus of success on.
The good news? Julian Edelman is still out there (he’s scheduled to take a trip to Baltimore) as is Aqib Talib. Those two guys were the internal priorities as I saw it and with each passing hour the odds the Pats will retain them should slowly increase.
The external priority? A third defensive end and the really good news is that there are some big names (who might be past their prime but still) available, including Demarcus Ware, Julius Peppers, Justin Tuck and Jared Allen (who is visiting with the Broncos).
The only veteran free agent I was really interested in for the Pats that signed elsewhere was Lamarr Houston, who signed with Chicago.
Otherwise, the Pats still have plenty of options and should get good value as the monster deals have mostly been handed out.
Could they make a play for one of those defensive ends? I sure hope so. The Pats don’t need a starter, they need a rotational player with Chandler and Ninkovich, and any one of those guys could be a viable option in that role and likely affordable, though we’ll see what kind of money they expect.
Still plenty of action to come in the next few days, but for now, the Pats’ patience continues and should pay off.
Pre-Free Agency Patriots Update
The wheels of free agency are spinning, with conflicting reports and airport stakeouts already flying. I try to sit back and enjoy the madness and not put too much weight into any report until it’s a finalized done deal and reported by real NFL media, not some random person you’ve never heard from before suddenly breaking news about the Pats.
So here’s a collection of rumors and speculation as we wind down the final few hours until the frenzy begins…
Ah, the juiciest rumor of all. How realistic? I’m not holding my breath.
Things are even crazier with Talib…
Okay, that was last night, and now…? Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com reports Talib has no standing offers. That’s free agency Tuesday for you.
As for Julian Edelman, the Pats were supposedly making a push on him last night and now have a standing three year offer that they want an answer on by 4pm EST. Jules must be weighing that pretty heavily, because if he rejects the Pats will likely be on to plan B just like they were with Revis last year.
Finally we get the first report of a potential external free agent visit, Wesley Woodyard of the Broncos. He’s a coverage linebacker, smaller than the Pats traditionally have gone with, but they definitely need depth at the position and he’d bring a different element to the squad.
Stay tuned, plenty more to come, obviously…
Somewhere along the line, the theory that the Patriots aren’t going for it, and are content to do just enough to be a playoff contender, has picked up momentum. The chatter particularly seems to intensify at this time of year when NFL teams are handing out big-money contracts with free agency set to begin. There are two main issues with this line of thinking — the independent financial data doesn’t support it, and it overlooks the more pressing issue: It’s not that the Patriots aren’t spending money, it’s how they’re spending it.
Kicking off today’s free agency frenzy with a fun piece looking back at some Patriots draft whiffs. It’s surprising how many times they’ve struck out in the second round. I also included “20/20 Hindsight” picks.
Latest Patriots Depth Chart after today’s cuts (DL Cory Grissom, RB Sam McGuffie, WR T.J. Moe & LB Taylor Reed)
What a long, strange trip it’s been since I started blogging about the Pats in December of 2007.
And yes, that’s a real Ernie Adams autograph. Possibly the only one in existence and easily the coolest autograph I have. Real Patriots fan know who that mystery man is.
Here it is, my first Pats mock of the draft season.