Patriots make most predictable move of free agency

The New England Patriots signed nearly every top free agent, so it only makes sense that they reunite with linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Last season, the New England Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Head coach Bill Belichick let the world know in 2021 that that would never happen again on his watch. The team spent boatloads of money since the start of Monday’s legal tampering period. From top pass rusher Matthew Judon to tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. While they did shock the world with these moves, they were bound to make a predictable move.

According to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are bringing back linebacker Kyle Van Noy. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported that Van Noy’s deal is for two-years, worth $13.2 million.

Van Noy also confirmed the news with a tweet.

Patriots: Kyle Van Noy’s return to New England far from surprising

Following their surprising Wild Card Round exit by the Tennessee Titans in 2019, the Patriots saw a mass purge of talent leave their organization, including Van Noy. Last offseason, Van Noy decided to join former linebackers coach Brian Flores on a massive four-year, $51 million contract.

Through 14 regular-season games, Van Noy recorded 69 total tackles (10 for loss), 10 quarterback hits, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Even with his productive debut season in Miami, the Dolphins opted to release Van Noy after failing to find a trade partner.

Sure, there were other linebacker-needy tams that could use Van Noy’s services, but rejoining the Patriots always appeared to be in the cards. Now, it is officially official. Van Noy gets to return with a rather loaded Patriots roster in hopes of contending for a Super Bowl in 2021.