NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The 2013 NFL Free Agency period has been dominating headlines and sports coverage for the past five days – what were the best and worst moves the Patriots have made so far? What moves should come next?
Join in and let us know your thoughts on how the Patriots front office has performed.
As of this moment, the Adrian Wilson signing is the best move the Patriots have made. The Rodney Harrison comparisons – in situation more than on-field play – are easy to make and I feel that Wilson will have an immense benefit on the young Patriots defensive backfield. He is the enforcer that has been lacking the last few years and I can’t wait to see how Tavon Wilson, Devin McCourty, Nate Ebner and others respond to his tutelage.
If the Patriots reach a deal with Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, however, I think that move would trump the Wilson signing. Signing a legitimate X/Z receiver for a good price and a 3rd round pick makes a lot of sense when you consider the Patriots struggles in evaluating receivers in the draft over the last decade.
I’ll leave this section up to those in the comment sections, as I’ve been very impressed with the off-season moves so far. I’m sure we’ll hear a lot about the departure of Wes Welker, but three years from now I doubt anyone will complain about the on-field results of replacing him with Danny Amendola.
What Should Come Next:
The next move that the Patriots need to make is signing Aqib Talib – either to a one or multi-year deal. Re-signing Sebastian Vollmer also should be a priority, but I have a lot of trust in offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia being able to a guy like Marcus Cannon or Markus Zusevics ready to play. I don’t see the same thing happening in the defensive backfield.
With the relatively depressed cornerback market, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Talib back on a one year deal worth about $6 million.
Your Turn: What have been the Patriots best and worst signings? What should they do next?