Patriots Free Agency Series: Part II
3 guys who need to be Patriots
The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous.
Tampering is now legal in the NFL, (FINALLY!) as the new league year starts on Wednesday at 4pm and teams can officially sign free agents for 2019. The Patriots need to bring back a few of their internal free agents, but here are 3 outsiders that need to be brought into the Dynasty.
S- Tyrann Mathieu
The Honey Badger was the object of my affection a year ago when he hit the free agent market but opted to sign a one year “show me” deal with the Houston Texans. Mathieu has been arguably the best safety in the game for the last 5 years (the only other argument is for Earl Thomas, who coincidently is also a free agent) and is the type of player that could dominate in a Bill Belichick defense.
Mathieu coming to New England is probably pretty unlikely because of the Patriots depth and strength at the safety position. Mathieu seems destined to play out his career as guys like Darren Sproles, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed did: being a Belichick-type of guy who never finds his way to Foxborough.
WR- Golden Tate
This one isn’t a revelation, there are a lot of people shouting that Tate would make a great Patriot, including Tate himself. Tate has played on winning teams in Seattle and after 4 highly productive (yet unfulfilling from a won/loss stand point) seasons Detroit, Tate would love to jump on to the Brady Bandwagon while it’s still chugging along.
Tate would be a good fit because his style is somewhat reminiscent of Julian Edelman and could provide a familiar second option in the offense but as a steep upgrade over Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett or Cordarrelle Patterson.
LB- Thomas Davis Sr.
The Panthers cut ties with Davis Sr. last month after 14-years with the team. Davis is one of the highest character guys in the league, winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2014. Davis Sr. broke his arm in the NFC championship game in 20
15 against the Cardinals and vowed to be ready to play in Super Bowl 50 vs Denver.
Davis Sr. had surgery and not only did he play, but he registered 7 tackles in the eventual Carolina loss. THE GUY PLAYED IN THE SUPER BOWL WITH A BROKEN ARM!
If that’s not Patriotic, then I don’t know what is.