The Patriots will lose key players to free agency, and there are areas in which they should improve if they wish to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They decided not to recreate Vince Wilfork, so he can be a FA. As important as he has been to the Patriots, they will probably be OK without him when they are unable to re-sign him to an even more cap friendly deal. But listed below are five players the Pats should pursue once free agency begins Mar. 10.
Daniels may no more maintain the prime of his career, plus the Patriots have Rob Gronkowski. but, last year Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards with Baltimore , and this would be a good move for Bill Belichick and company to add some depth to the TE position. The Patriots’ had a eye on him last offseason and it is very possible they may sign him at a somewhat cap-friendly price on the open market.
The Patriots’ offensive line struggled at times last season and they tried different formations, including moving Dan Connolly to left guard and Ryan Wendell to right guard. They may re-sign Connolly, which wouldn’t function as the worst idea, but signing Boling, who has been with the Bengals since 2011, would be smarter. He is a great left guard and he could come at the right price.
When the Patriots used their franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski, it became apparent McCourty would become one of the very sought after safeties in free agency. McCourty has been with the team for five seasons and has turned into a captain, while also performing at quite a higher level on the field. It would be smart of the Patriots to attempt to get a deal done with McCourty and keep him in New England.
The Pats lost multiple RBs to free agency including Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. Ridley has talent, but he has had fumbling issues. Vereen was extremely effective catching balls out of the backfield last season, he’s a great locker room guy and he’s a highly effective blocker. If the Pats fail to re-sign Vereen, they ought to sign Bush since he is one of the better pass catching free agent RBs. But he always has alot of injuries, so Vereen makes more sense.
As with Wilfork and another free agents, Revis will hit the free agent market on Mar. 10. There’s no way the team picks up his $25M cap number for 2015 season, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots should just decline his option and move on from one of the greatest CBs in the NFL. Revis was an incredibly important section of New England’s defense last season and they ought to work with him to obtain a deal done that’s fair to both parties.