The Patriots are still busy in free agency and there is more news regarding the Patriots.
First, we must address the losses that they have suffered. They are doomed to lose both Joe Thuney and David Andrews in free agency, with Joe Thuney signing a 5 year, $80 million deal with the Chiefs and Andrews has reportedly told the Patriots that he will not return. Andrews hurts most fans, he was the centerpiece to that offensive line and he will be missed. In other news, defensive back, Terrence Brooks, signings a 1 year deal with the Texans and Defensive lineman, Adam Butler, signs a 2 year deal with the Dolphins. Worse yet, it is becoming clear that James White will not return as he will probably sign with Tampa (the most popular rumor).
In other news, the Patriots resigned special teamer Justin Bethel and defensive linemen, Deatrich Wise Jr. and Carl Davis. There are other players that are still out there, like Rex Burkhead and Lawrence Guy, but New England will looks elsewhere to fill those holes. But they did make some free agent signings…
Signing #8: Hunter Henry
The Patriots grab another tight end in Hunter Henry. Henry is a solid tight end and the one of the better ones available, this confuses some as they already signed Jonnu Smith, but it is clear to Pats fans that Belichick wants to bring back the 2 tight end set. The 1-2 punch of Smith and Henry would be similar to New England tight end duo of Gronkowski and Hernandez. Henry was given a contract of 3 years, $37.5 million, with $25 million guaranteed.
Signing #9: Ted Karras
The Patriots bring back a familiar face in Ted Karras, for a cheap, 1 year deal, worth $4 million. This is the David Andrews replacement and Karras is a great fit, seeing as he knows the system.
In other news, the Patriots placed a second round tender on restricted free agent, JC Jackson. This is a confusing move, as a first round tender would be far better than a second rounder, but so long as he is resigned, it doesn’t matter.
Finally, the Patriots have not ruled out adding another quarterback. There are growing rumors that Deshaun Watson will be traded to New England and word is that he has added the Patriots to his list of preferred destinations. It is unlikely, but after this offseason, I wouldn’t put it past Belichick. As this offseason moves along, who knows what they’ll do next?