It's never a good idea to build your roster through free agency in the NFL. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it bites teams in the ass. It's not like the NBA where one player can completely change your team. In the NFL, you need to build your roster through the draft and hit on those late-round gems.
It's never the "Patriots Way" to build through free agency. What made the Patriots dynasty so good were the gems Belichick found through the draft or the free agents who were overlooked by the 31 other teams. So yeah, it's pretty surprising to see Belichick open the checkbooks.
God damn is Bill trying to get New England back to relevancy ASAP. I'm sure he saw Brady get all the praise when he won the Super Bowl. Many think the Brady vs. Belichick debate is over. In my opinion, it's just getting started.
Signing two tight ends to big money doesn't seem like the best idea. If there's anyone that knows how to make it work though, it's Belichick. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry were the top two tight ends in free agency and Belichick got both. He coached arguably the greatest tight end duo of all time in Gronk and Hernandez. If they could get the run game going, that would be a lethal duo creating all types of mismatches. I also like the Matt Judon signing. A much-needed boost for a team that had trouble getting to the QB last year. The last signing I'm going to talk about is Nelson Agholor. The guy that got ran out of Philly bounced back nicely in Vegas last year. He gives the Patriots a weapon on the perimeter.
They also made a few other signings like Jalen Mills, Kendrick Bourne, and Deatrich Wise Jr. that round out the roster nicely.
The Patriots aren't contenders. I don't trust Cam and would like to see them bring in another QB just in case we get the Cam from last year. After a year of missing the playoffs, this is a great start to get back on track for the Patriots.
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