With free agency under way, rumors are now surfacing at a speedy rate. The New England Patriots are always at the forefront of the news this time of year, and already, there have been some interesting rumors surrounding this team. Here is a quick look at some of the major headlines that fans are reading about the Pats:
- Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes that the Pats should consider cutting Vince Wilfork. I personally don’t like this idea. I know Wilfork has had injury woes, but when he is healthy, there is no bigger difference-maker in the league (on defense). I am hoping the Pats don’t do anything too drastic, and maybe a contract restructuring will make all parties happy. If the Pats do cut Wilfork, he won’t last long on the open market…
- If they let Wilfork walk, who do they sign to fill-in? There are a few defensive tackles on the market that the Pats could look at this offseason. Red Bryant was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, so he is out. The Pats will look for versatile tackles, much like Al Woods or Henry Melton. I would prefer Melton as he has the highest ceiling of any defensive tackle on the free agent market.
- With the announcement of Jamie Collins being penciled in as a week 1 starter this upcoming season, the Pats seem alright with letting LB Brandon Spikes walk. We know what the Pats do. They will draft a replacement level for Spikes, or at least Collins, late in the draft, and we will forget about Spikes in just a couple of months. The Patriots may also sign a veteran towards the end of their career to play 30% of snaps, assuming they don’t experience the same injury woes they did this past season.
- Danny Amendola’s name has been floated in trade rumors. This would signal that the team is making more progress in contract talks with Julian Edelman, making Amendola expendable. This would be a very quick affirmation by the Pats that signing Amendola last season was a mistake. The return on Amendola won’t be more than a mid-round draft pick, so if Edelman re-signs by this week, expect Amendola to be wearing a different jersey next season.