NFL 2021 New England looks to get back into the limelight with the biggest investment in free agency
Breakups are never easy. As bad as the relationship is, it takes time to turn the page. It gets even more complicated when the couple seems immediately happier., which leads to wanting to equal or exceed that happiness that the ex-partner exhibits. Prove it was one who earned the separation.
The reality of the Patriots is that, since his ex, Tom Brady, achieved the great goal he had: to win a Super Bowl away from Foxborough and Bill Belichic.k. TB12 is winning the break, ‘El Monje’ knew it and is trying everything to draw the score.
The Patriots opened the portfolio like never before in free agency. Not because they weren’t stars in the past (Wes Welker, Ronnie Harrison, Corey Dillon, Stephon Gilmore, and others bear witness to this), but usually the team looked for low-priced veterans to reinforce its roster. There are few examples like the contracts they are giving in 2021.
Belichick realized last year that the team did not have the quality of before, a consequence of going “All In” to try to win rings. It turned out, because they got three since 2014, but eventually they were going to have to pay the bills and the perfect storm came in 2020, without Brady.
Even with everything, Covid outbreak included, the team finished 7-9 in one of Belichick’s best coaching jobs. I knew that the squad had no talent and this free agency was going to have the money to seek to improve the team’s shortcomings. Until now, 227.5 million have spent, two-thirds of their investments in the last decade in free agency, according to Sharp soccer.
It is debatable whether the deals are the best. They gave the second-largest contract for a receiver in Nelson Agholor, who became a meme in the Eagles for his bad hands and exploded with the Raiders to the sound of … 48 receptions. Your other receiver, Kendrick Bourne, has never had 50 receptions in one season. They signed the two biggest tight end contracts for a player who has never been healthy all 16 games, Hunter Henry, and another who has never had 50 receptions in a season, Jonnu Smith. They signed a linebacker, Matt Judon, who has never had 10 sacks in a season or more than 20 hits to the QB.
In 2020, New England lacked the talent of other years. Some will improve, but we are not talking about elite reinforcements either. Life’s Patrick Mahomes will never make free agency. Quenton Nelson, Aaron Donald, Christian McCafrey, Davante Adams, Jalen Ramsey and David Bakhtiari don’t either. And even if they represent improvements compared to 2020, the Patriots remain with a giant unknown in the most important position.
They renewed Cam Newton one by one. Yes, the coronavirus affected and had perhaps the worst body of receivers in the league, but it ended with only 8 scoring passes; Dak Prescott, in four and a half games, had more. Cam has been struggling to pitch for three seasons in a row. The team may seek competition if they choose a quarterback in the draft, But they’re pick 15, so they won’t have the top-rated prospects.
If Newton does not improve substantially, so much investment and so much new player will be a futile task. Coaching and schematics can take you up to a point, as they saw the last season. It may be enough to get past the .500 barrier and even get to a playoff spot, but No one can look at the Pats’ roster, still with a dozen moves, and say they are more talented than Chiefs, Bills, Colts or Ravens, let alone the former new team., which is definitely more attractive than the Pats to bidders (veteran players) who might accept a low one-year contract to hunt down a ring. Not for nothing did Gronk and AB go to Florida last year and boy did it work for them.