5 Former Patriots Who Still Can't Find a Job in 2024 Free Agency

There are a few former Patriots who are struggling to find a new home in free agency.
Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; New England Patriots cornerback Myles Bryant (27) intercepts a
Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; New England Patriots cornerback Myles Bryant (27) intercepts a / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Lawrence Guy, DT

The 34-year-old defensive tackle was the longest-tenured member of the defensive unit for the Patriots. Signing as a free agent in 2017, Guy has been a key piece ever since, including in the Super Bowl win.

Despite his age and workload, Guy has been remarkably durable over the last few seasons. Plus, he played a key part in terms of leadership and locker room presence. Rookie head coach Jerod Mayo will have to do without his most experienced member of the defensive line.

That is why it was surprising when the Patriots released the veteran defensive tackle in February. It's not like New England was desperate for more cap space and his release only created an additional $3 million anyway.

Guy can presumably still find a new team, most likely with a contender. However, it may have to wait until after the draft when teams are trying to fill out the end of their rosters.

Adrian Phillips, S

Another veteran defender who was released by the Patriots to create additional cap space was Adrian Phillips. The former Pro Bowler signed with New England in 2020 and has been an important part of the defensive backfield in the last four years. Similarly to Guy, his durability and availability despite his age have been particularly impressive.

However, Phillips's release was less surprising than Guy's as he lost his starting role in 2023 and only played a small role as a third or fourth safety in the rotation. He saw a career-low 12% of defensive snaps while being almost exclusively utilized on special teams.

At age 31, there aren't too many productive years left for Phillips. However, he is still worthy of a roster spot as a depth option. A return to the Los Angeles Chargers, where he spent his most effective seasons could be a win-win scenario, but it may have to wait until closer to the start of the season.

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