Kyle Van Noy- Look for Van Noy to be coveted in free agency. He’s a linebacker who has made plays in big games, and is coming off the two best seasons of his NFL career. Look online and there are hundreds of pieces speculating that the Giants are interested in KVN, which makes sense with former Patriots Teams’ coach Joe Judge in Gotham.
The Giants could be a player, but look for Miami to make a big push with all of their cap room. If Dolphins head coach (and former Patriots DC) Brian Flores wants to flip the culture in South Beach, I could see him bringing in a guy like Van Noy (and hopefully not Devin McCourty) or even Elandon Roberts over.
Phillip Dorsett- Seems like his feelings have been hurt and he’s going to move on. And why not, Dorsett has been a reliable target for Brady the last two years, yet down the stretch last season he was someone you always thought was injured, though was never on the injury report. Not sure why he fell out of favor, but he’ll seek opportunities elsewhere.
Joe Thuney- The Patriots would love to keep him, as he’s become a mainstay of this offensive line and he’s even said that he loves the environment in New England (don’t always hear that) but there is going to be such a big market for this guy that the money will be there and you can’t fault him for taking it. Like Nate Solder and Trent Brown before him, Thuney will command a monster, perhaps record setting, deal.
Jamie Collins- He took the money and left New England once (he was traded to the Browns and inked the huge extension he wouldn’t get from the Patriots) and I suspect that the same is going to happen after he reestablished himself in 2019.
Teams will forget about the Collins that was waived in Cleveland, blame the Browns for it, and focus on his work in New England and praise the Patriots for turning him around.
Collins will have a second shot at a big contract from a team like the Giants or Dolphins. Though, it’s easy to predict that with all of the former Patriots coaches that are running teams in the league now, that they’ll try and poach former Patriots via free agency. That’s the cost of being the boss.