We’re only five days into free agency and the grumblings of Pats fans from the first day have already subsided. The team has already done a lot with very little cap space.
Although the terms of his contract have yet to be disclosed, it became a definite on Saturday that Julian Edelman will be returning to New England. This signing makes for a successful free agency for the Pats. They signed two solid corners in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner and were able to bring back their best wide receiver in Edelman. One of last year’s rookies, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, or Kenbrell Thompkins, will have to step up next season as well.
The Patriots are clearly doing all they can to add depth to the areas that plagued them in 2013 by signing former Carolina wide receiver Brandon LaFell to a three-year deal. LaFell had 49 catches for 627 yards in 2013. His signing means that the Patriots will most likely wait until the draft to bolster their offensive line, defensive line, and tight end positions.
Former Titan wide receiver Kenny Britt is reportedly set to visit New England Sunday as well, though with the LaFell signing it’s not clear how it will go. Britt has also had a lot of legal trouble, being involved with police nine times throughout his five-year NFL career. Though the Patriots do have a history of reforming these so-called “troubled” players, Britt only recorded 11 catches for 96 yards in 12 games in 2013, greatly lowering his value.
As expected, Brandon Spikes will not be returning to New England. The linebacker signed a one-year deal with the Bills, which means he’ll be reuniting with his former linebackers coach Pepper Johnson, who now serves as the defensive line coach in Buffalo.