3 Former Pro Bowlers the Patriots Can Still Sign in Free Agency

Could the New England Patriots still sign any Pro Bowl players in NFL free agency?

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The New England Patriots are reloading their roster and even after bringing back a bunch of players in free agency, they still have $47 million in cap space to work with. They could save the majority of that space and let it roll over to next offseason, or they could look to spend a little more and add some former Pro Bowl players to the roster.

And there are still plenty of those available.

But what former Pro Bowl players could make sense for the Patriots right now? Any team that is poised to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft should hope that they can achieve the kind of turnaround we saw from the Texans with CJ Stroud last year. Why not?

In that case, some former Pro Bowl players could really help New England's chances of reclaiming prominence in the AFC East. Let's look at a trio of players who could be good fits for the right price.

1. David Bakhtiari, OT

Although the Patriots were able to bring back Mike Onwenu in free agency on a big-money deal (and rightfully so), they weren't able to re-sign Trent Brown (or they didn't want to) who bolted for the Cincinnati Bengals. New England would benefit greatly from having multiple first-round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft which is loaded at QB and offensive tackle, but that's not the case.

Perhaps someone like David Bakhtiari, who has ties to new Patriots offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, could make some sense.

Bakhtiari was the left tackle of the Packers basically from the moment he stepped into the building in 2013, and Van Pelt was on Green Bay's staff from 2012-17. The ties that bind in the NFL...

Bakhtiari could be a nice fit for the Patriots on a one-year prove-it kind of deal.