1. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots exceeded all expectations in 2021. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones helped guide the Patriots to a 10-7 record while completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns. Like the Jets, the Patriots spent aggressively in the offseason and loaded up on receiving talent, but they don’t have a receiver like Amari Cooper.
Jakobi Meyers led all Patriots receivers with 866 yards, and there was production from all over the offense, but the addition of Cooper would be a crowning moment. The Patriots offense just didn’t have the raw firepower to keep up with the Bills in the postseason – they’re strictly a run-heavy team but in an ever-growing pass-heavy league, it’s probably not so wise to keep zigging while the rest of the NFL zags.
The Patriots did have the seventh-highest receiving grade in the NFL, per PFF, but not having an elite receiver could put a cap on the offense. They might not be too willing to dip back into the market so heavily after 2021, but if they did, signing Cooper would potentially take their offense to the next level.
Meyers is a solid receiver but doesn’t have the potential to be a true number one threat – especially on the perimeter. Cooper gives Jones that threat. Wherever he ends up, even if he remains in Dallas, he’ll be a threat.