5. Extending WR DeVante Parker
There might not be a worse team in the NFL at evaluating the wide receiver position than the New England Patriots. Talk about pushing all of the wrong buttons in a single offseason, right?
The Patriots signed JuJu Smith-Schuster, one of the worst free agent signings you could say probably league-wide. They let Jakobi Meyers walk in free agency, and he's looked exceptional this season for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Then they extended veteran DeVante Parker, the former first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins. Parker has done some decent things with the Patriots, but what had he done to deserve a two-year extension worth $14 million in total guaranteed money?
This feels like the Patriots just throwing money and caution to the wind.
Parker is already 30 years old this season. He has just 15 receptions for 158 yards, ranking 7th on the team in receiving right now.
I just don't understand what the Patriots were doing here. They kept continuity in the wrong areas and let go of the better players they had. Talk about an epic fail for your pro scouting department.
The Patriots' failures throughout the 2023 offseason have really led us to where we are today. This team has not performed up to its lofty standard, but at some point, you've got to blame the people in charge of putting the roster together.