After seemingly slow playing the early portion of free agency, the Patriots quickly made a few big splashes.
The biggest of which, of course, was the signing of perhaps the game’s best cornerback in Darrelle Revis.
The followed that up with the signing of cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brandon LaFell while re-signing wide receiver Julian Edelman.
According to Over the Cap, the Patriots graded out well in free agency.
When you evaluate the Patriots you are evaluating a win now team that is doing everything they can to beat one opponent in the playoffs. While things always change in the NFL, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the two constants. The AFC is so down that it is hard to imagine those two teams not meeting in the playoffs. Last year Manning ripped the Patriots defense to shreds so the team went out and drastically upgraded their coverage talent. While it would have been nice to see them add a better receiver, the way the team plays I am not sure that there would be value in adding that type of player. For what they run, the combination of Edelman and LaFell is a better use of resources than a DeSean Jackson or Eric Decker. All told the Patriots went into free agency without a ton of cap space and came back with two upgrades at cornerback without having to part ways with Wilfork or get into future cap headaches by restructuring the contract of Logan Mankins or Jerod Mayo.
Whether or not this gets Tom Brady and Bill Belichick a fourth Super Bowl ring is the question.