Good morning PatsNation and Happy Spring! We are now one week into the NFL Free Agent Frenzy, although it's not much of a frenzy anymore. I hope everyone has gotten over Welker's departure and if not, then you will very soon, trust me. The offense will be terrific as always and probably even better if Danny Amendola lives up to or even exceeds his potential.
Now when I last reviewed the Patriots' moves, it was only the second day of free agency and the only highlight was the signing of Amendola. After 5 days though, there have been a plethora of free agents, all of whom have visited/already signed with New England. Among them is 33 year old 5x Pro Bowl safety Adrain Wilson. The former Arizona Cardinal signed with the Patriots a few days ago. In addition, New England got back CB Aqib Talib for one year. While the duration of the contract doesn't seem much, it certainly helps the Patriots big time. The re-signing of Talib and the addition of Wilson will make a difference for the better in the New England secondary.
It looked like the Patriots struck a deal with Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham. Erika Leigh, who created the New England Sports Journal, reported that Abraham signed the contract. This was not true however, as Abraham is still chosing between New England and Miami. I wouldn't be surprised if he joined the Dolphins because everyone seems to be going to South Beach. However, I would like it if Abraham could join the Patriots because he would serve as a great mentor to Chandler Jones and other defensive ends in the Patriots' system.
Dwight Freeney also paid a visit to New England but it is unlikely that they will get a deal done with him. Elvis Dumervil could help the Patriots out big time so look for the Patriots to be a little aggressive in the hunt to land him in Foxboro. If Dumervil does sign, then I'm certainly confident that the defense will move up the rankings. But along with defense, you need offense to win you games. For the offense to do well, Tom Brady needs a good offensive tackle to protect him, and that's Sebastian Vollmer. The Patriots haven't gotten a deal done with him yet and the Philadelphia Eagles are one team that have a strong chance of getting him. If Vollmer doesn't re-sign however, Eric Winston is also on the market, and New England has an eye on him. Nonetheless, it will be an interesting finish so lets see how the Patriots play their cards from this point.