The conclusion of the first day in Patriots free agency didn’t go exactly as the team planned. There were no major moves, but a lot of new developments. Unfortunately, the Pats could end up losing a lot.
The biggest news of the day was deja vu all over again. Julian Edelman decided to test the waters of free agency after being unable to negotiate a deal with the Pats. The team reportedly offered him a three-year deal, but it seems as though it wasn’t as much as the wide receiver thinks he can get. Edelman has said before that he’d like to stay in New England, but apparently that won’t happen at a discount. Edelman enjoyed a breakout year in his fifth season in the league. But many teams will notice that that came at a time when he was the only good, consistently healthy wide receiver in a pass-friendly club. This was also the first season that he played a full 16 games without injury. Still, the two teams who are most interested, the Ravens and the Browns, could be willing to give him more than he’s worth. Both teams have a lot of cap room, and could greatly benefit from a reliable target. One thing is for sure though: The Pats are going to have to give him a lot more than the league minimum salary with incentives that they gave him last season if they don’t want him to walk as Wes Welker did.
There wasn’t much word on Aqib Talib Tuesday, but reports Monday night said that the cornerback was “close” to a deal with the Patriots and that their offer was better than the Redskins’. It seems as though teams may be waiting on what happens with Darrelle Revis though before they make any moves at cornerback.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes tweeted something strange, as he is so oft to do. But this time, it was a goodbye to New England. Spikes hasn’t made any moves yet, but after seeing this tweet, it certainly seems clear he won’t be returning to the Pats:
— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) March 11, 2014
And just as quickly as Spikes said adios, the Patriots invited a linebacker for a free agent visit. The Patriots will host Wesley Woodyard, a weak-side linebacker and Denver Broncos free agent, according to the Denver Post. Woodyard recorded 84 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 14 games (10 starts) and is known for his pass coverage.