Patriots Free Agency: Historical Analysis

Patriots Free Agents

What was I thinking?

By Doug Kyed (NEPD Staff Writer)

I’ve compiled a list of every offseason acquisition in the Belichick-era.

I did not include rookie undrafted free agents and I did not include draft picks.

I wanted to use this list as a way to gauge how the Patriots might use free agency this season. With the success the Patriots had last season and the multitude of young players on the roster, I certainly don’t expect the Patriots to blow up the team by any means or really make too many key additions.

The following names might give a hint to at least position the Patriots might address: Aaron Bailey, Bert Emanuel, Charles Johnson, David Patten, Torrance Small, Donald Hayes, Dedric Ward, David Terrell, Tim Dwight, Andre Davis, Reche Caldwell, Doug Gabriel, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, Kelley Washington, Sam Aiken, Joey Galloway, Greg Lewis, Torry Holt and David Patten.

That’s right, the annual veteran (usually washed up) wide receiver! Here are this year’s key players: Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Randy Moss, Plaxico Burress, Antonio Bryant, T.J. Houshmandzadah, Santana Moss, Donte Stallworth and Kelley Washington.

I’d say the most likely pick would be Moss, but since these players rarely make a difference or even make the team, Antonio Bryant could be a dark horse. Belichick loves bringing back former players, so don’t count out Washington, Stallworth or even guys like Andra Davis or Greg Lewis.

Belichick also loves his veteran linebackers and isn’t afraid to make a splash with them. Matt Roth or Mathias Kiwanuka could be possibilities, though I’d love to see the Patriots throw some money around for Charles Johnson.

As far as UFA’s on the 2010 Patriots, I would expect New England to bring back only a few players. Jarrad Page and Brandon McGowan are similar players, so I would expect the team to only bring back only one of the free agent safeties.

I would like to see Matt Light come back, but I’m not sure if he’ll be willing to take the one or two year salary or pay cut. I think Tracy White will be back and Kevin Faulk, Shayne Graham, Sammy Morris, Quinn Ojinnaka, Fred Taylor and Gerard Warren will all be gone.

With a crowded (and young) defensive line corps, perhaps the most interesting training camp battle to monitor will be who from that talented group will be on the outs. Belichick typically opens the season with 7 traditional down linemen, so my prediction for that group to open the season is: Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Brandon Deaderick, Kyle Love, Myron Pryor and Ron Brace.

Click here for the full list of Belichick-era Free Agency moves.

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3 Responses to “Patriots Free Agency: Historical Analysis”

  1. steve says:

    I agree a WR is needed… why not Plaxico….he needs a enviroment that will control him. Where better then R. Kraft

  2. Ryan says:

    I agree I think we need to add a WR. I feel like we could definitely ad one through the UDFA, quite a bit of talent remaining. I also would like Page or McGowen, Page to me was a bitter fit in our system. Lastly, I think we have got to sign a LB, let TBC go, and get a LB or 2. Not necessarily a pass rusher, but maybe a veteran leader who is good in coverage. TBC in my opinion is over paid.

  3. TD says:

    Where do you see Marcus Stroud?

    I think the Pat’s bring in WR help because they are not good at finding them and drafting them, at least not like the Packers. Maybe Tate & Price break that pattern since they had Branch, Givens & Brown.

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