The Patriots aren’t done yet and they are still active in a few markets. But there is still news to break down, specifically, a very big resigning. Contrary to what the football world thought would happen, center, David Andrews has resigned with the Patriots, to a bargain contract of 4 years worth up to $19 million. That’s a steal for one of the top centers in the league. Andrews expressed a desire to return, but he also said that he refused to be “lowballed” and opted to test free agency. Apparently, the Dolphins were the only real threat to Andrews’ return to New England and Andrews rejected more money to come play in New England, thus throwing a wrench into Miami’s half-baked plan to sign former Patriots and to try to be successful.
The Patriots are also active in the running back and quarterback markets, being linked to Leonard Fournette and Marcus Mariota. They were interested in Fournette before he signed with Tampa and rumor is that Marcus Mariota may be released, so we will just have to wait for what Bill Belichick has planned. But as far as other signings go…
Signing #10 Kyle Van Noy
Well, well, well, another former Patriot comes back after being overpaid and then released. I really wanted Kyle Van Noy back, but Miami grossly overpaid him and he has been a cap casualty, now he has returned on a 2 year, $12 million deal. I welcome him back but many Pats fans aren’t too thrilled (after he stomped on Cam Newton’s leg in week 1), let’s see what happens.
Signing #11 Montravius Adams
Adams isn’t flashy or well known, but he is a big run stuffer who clogged running lanes for Green Bay. He signed a cheap 1 year, $2.5 million deal and can be a good depth piece on the D-line.
Signing #12 Raekwon McMillan
McMillan signed a one year deal to be another depth piece, but he is an important one. He can be the speedy, sideline to sideline tackler that New England has lacked. A very underrated, low risk, high reward pickup.
Finally, on a sadder note, veteran Patriots safety Patrick Chung (33 years old) retired after 11 seasons in the NFL. He was a second round draft pick by the Patriots in 2009 who also spent a season with the Eagles before returning to New England. Chung was a leader in the Pats locker room and a force to be reckoned with on the field, as a big hitter and tackler. Chung will finish his career with 778 total tackles, 57 passes broken up, 11 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries, as well as 3 super bowl wins. Happy retirement Patrick Chung, we will miss you.