Oh my goodness, look at all those signings! The Patriots just upended some narratives about their habits in free agency, usually they’re very under the radar and don’t make any splashes, but this year is very different. The legal tampering period started today, which marks the start of free agency, with all contracts become final on March 17th and the Patriots went on an insane shopping spree which landed them 7 free agents, yes you read that correctly, 7 free agents were signed by the Patriots on day one. Let’s see who they got and boy they got some nice players…
Signing #1: Jonnu Smith
The Pats start out the very beginning with a bang by snagging the top free agent tight end this year with Jonnu Smith from the Titans. Everyone knows that tight end was a dire need for New England and Belichick delivered with a great red zone threat and sure blocker. Smith caught a career high 8 touchdowns last season and he was rewarded handsomely with a 4 year, $50 million contract, with $31 million guaranteed.
Signing #2: Davon Godchaux
This is a truly underrated signing, as the Patriots steal Miami’s big run stuffer in Davon Godchaux. Godchaux is great at sniffing out running lanes and is a great tackler and while he missed most of 2020 season with an injury, he is ready to come back with a vengeance. He received a 2 year, $16 million deal, with $9 million guaranteed.
Signing #3: Matthew Judon
This is another big one, the Patriots signed one of the best pass rushers in free agency in Matthew Judon. Judon was one of the best players on a fierce Baltimore defense, tallying 6 sacks in a crowded front seven. Judon is a good player who can beat offensive lineman and get after the quarterback and he fetched a juicy deal from the Pats, a 4 year $56 million deal, with $32 million guaranteed.
Signing #4: Jalen Mills
This was a surprising sign, but a welcome addition to the secondary. Jalen Mills was a standout on a poor Eagles defense, racking up 74 tackles and an interception. He’s another tackler with good speed and his versatility to play corner or safety is very impressive. This got Mills a 4 year, $24 million deal, with $9 million guaranteed.
Signing #5: Nelson Agholor
The Patriots give Cam Newton a new weapon to play with in the veteran receiver, Nelson Agholor. Agholor has long been ridiculed for being unreliable and having janky hands and being prone to drops. He overcame that narrative last season with 896 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Raiders last year, he looks to be turning a corner and he got a nice 2 year, $26 million deal.
Signing #6: Kendrick Bourne
The Patriots decided to double down on a free agent receiver, so they grabbed the elusive speedster, Kendrick Bourne from the 49ers. Bourne was a key contributor in an injury plagued 49ers offense and he showed much potential as a nice piece in any offense. This potential was rewarded with a 3 year, $22.5 million deal.
Signing #7: Henry Anderson
Henry Anderson saw a decrease in playing time last season, but he still put up 42 tackles and was a nice tackler in the middle of the Jets’ D-line. He was a cap casualty and was promptly scooped up by New England on a low risk, 2 year, $7 million deal.
7 free agents on day one. Incredible work by Bill Belichick. Now let’s end this on a tweet from Michael Lombardi about the Patriots, he says, “The Pats will be busy the next few days–and will have a new team by the end of the week.”
I can’t wait for what’s next!!!