OT Trent Brown
In terms of on-field ability, the Patriots would be crazy to part ways with Trent Brown. Even though he had a down year, Brown is an excellent offensive tackle and New England would be hard-pressed to replace him in the draft or free agency.
Yet, the amount of smoke surrounding Brown in terms of his effort, discipline, and leadership raised questions all season. The reports and leaks about the former Pro Bowler protecting himself ahead of free agency and not playing through injuries caused a fallout between Brown and the organization.
Now that the decision-makers within the Patriots have changed, is there a chance Brown would like to stay?
Should Patriots fans want him to stay?
Brown is turning 31 before the start of the season and will likely command a multi-year contract. On paper, he deserves it as he was Pro Football Focus' sixth-highest-graded tackle. In practice, however, the Pats need a more reliable player who will not be a distraction with off-field issues.
Brown's replacement will likely not be as good as him. But, that's fine. The Patriots have time. Drafting and developing an offensive tackle will be preferable to overpaying for Brown and his antics.
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