3 Low-Cost Playmakers the Patriots Should Target in Free Agency

After their offense was among the NFL's worst last season, the New England Patriots should target these three low-cost free-agent playmakers.

Veteran WR Josh Reynolds is one low-cost playmaker that the Patriots should target.
Veteran WR Josh Reynolds is one low-cost playmaker that the Patriots should target. / David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports
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Patriots Should Target WR Donovan Peoples-Jones in Free Agency

Donovan Peoples-Jones has been one of the more underrated wideouts since joining the league in 2020, but it's clear that his latest performance was quite disappointing.

In a year split between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions, Peoples-Jones finished with career lows in receptions (13), receiving yards (155), and touchdowns (0). While those statistics should hardly get anyone excited, I only see it as an off-year for the former Michigan Wolverine.

While DPJ didn't do much to help his case, his struggles weren't all his fault. He began the season with the Browns, whose passing game was putrid until Joe Flacco joined the fold. He was then traded to the Lions before the deadline and only saw 72 offensive snaps over the final eight regular-season games (9 snaps per outing).

That isn't enough playing time to do, well, anything.

So, why should the Pats target Peoples-Jones? Well, it was only in 2022 when he put up a 61-839-3 stat line and even had nearly 600 receiving yards in the previous season. On top of that, he only just turned 25 in February, so there's a decent chance that his best days are still ahead of him.

Spotrac is also only projecting Peoples-Jones to command $2.7 million annually. That price would easily look like a steal if he joined the Pats and returned to his previous form. It's a low-risk, high-reward deal that New England shouldn't hesitate to explore.

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