After one week of the new NFL year, which is the beginning of free agency, it is clear that the New England Patriots are realizing that they only have a small window left to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. With Tom Brady at the age of 37 and the other AFC rival Denver Broncos pulling off major signings on the first day it was obvious that New England had to counter-act those moves to keep pace with the Broncos. The patriots were able to complete 4 free agent signings, 2 offense and 2 defense, that I think will impact their upcoming season.
On the defensive side the Patriots had their best cornerback on the free agent market and had to try and get him back, however he would go on to sign with the aforementioned Denver Broncos. With this glaring need now at the cornerback position, the Patriots immediately struck deals with two of the best corners on the market. They signed Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cover corner in professional football, and recently troubled Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner. Both cornerbacks are very talented and look to help solidify what looks like one of the best secondaries going in to next season.
For the offense, the Patriots were able to improve at one of their weaker positions from last year, wide receiver. They re-signed one of quarterback Tom Brady’s most reliable receiver in Julian Edelman, and they were also able to bring in a tall big body receiver to help at the goal line, Brandon Lafell from the Carolina Panthers. All in all, I really liked the start of the offseason for the Pats and feel they can improve even more in this next season.