The New England Patriots made a big move by resigning Devin McCourty today. This is a huge deal for the Patriots. McCourty is a huge part of defense and being able to bring him back at a relatively team friendly price is absolutely huge heading into free agency, especially with it looking unlikely that Tom Brady resigns before the league new year begins tomorrow. They could conceivably hand Brady 30 million still, although that would be insane. But McCourty was arguably the 2nd biggest free agent for us, so signing him back before heading into free agency is huge.
As for Brady, the Tennessee Titans resigning Ryan Tannehill is a big swing our way. The odds may not be fully in our favor yet, but it should be able to help out. It’s reportedly going to come down to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and us, but it would be foolish to rule out anything at this point. It’s uncertain whether or not he’s coming back, but the easiest way for us to win is with him under center.
In terms of other free agents for us, it looks like Kyle Van Noy will be heading out for certain, as well as Joe Thuney. Jamie Collins could be back, at the right price. Matthew Slater resigning will fly under the radar, but is big for special teams. Players such as Elandon Roberts and Nate Ebner may be sacrificed for bigger names, but if things don’t go our way you could see them come back. All of this hinges on whether or not Brady comes back, so we won’t really know what the deal is until that situation clears up.
(Originally posted on March 15, 2020)