1. Josh Uche, EDGE
This final player might be a tough one for the Patriots. Former second-round pick Josh Uche is just 25 years old and had 11.5 sacks in 2022 despite not being a regular starter. He's in the final year of his rookie contract and while he hasn't been consistently productive, he's shown he can get after the quarterback.
As most NFL fans know, this often leads to teams overpaying. Take Randy Gregory for example.
A former second-round pick out of Nebraska, Gregory was suspended for two full seasons (2017 and 2019) as well as parts of several more in Dallas. He finally started to see the field later in his tenure and in 2021, he had 19 tackles and six sacks.
That was enough for the Denver Broncos to pay him $70 million over five seasons. Oddly enough, the Cowboys wanted to sign him to the same deal but reportedly messed up the negotiations — which turned out to be a blessing for them. Gregory was a bust in Denver and has since been sent to San Francisco where he will try and get his career back on track.
Having said all that, there's no way the Patriots are getting into a bidding war for a player with one year of great production. So instead of allowing it to come to that, they might want to see if some team is desperate enough for pass rush help that they give up a decent pick — or maybe more — for Uche.
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