5 Free Agents New England Patriots Could Still Add
5 Potential Free Agent Additions for the New England Patriots
The New England Patriots has been very competitive for the last few years but cannot seem to get over the hump to win another Super Bowl title. The combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been spectacular with winning three super bowls, reaching two more and winning enough in the postseason to make Brady the quarterback with the most postseason wins at 17. There is no doubt that they are an outstanding combination. That being said, they have not won a Lombardi Trophy since 2005 and many people question the supporting cast around Brady.
When the Patriots were winning super bowls, their defense was spectacular. Guys like Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel were cornerstones of a very strong defense. Recently, the Patriots, while being probably the best offensive team in the league, have struggled defensively. They are usually stout against the run but teams take advantage of their weak pass defense.
With Training Camps on the horizon, I still see many holes on this Patriots team. As always, they could use some secondary help and it would be nice to add a pass rusher. Offensively, Brady lost Wide Receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd this offseason. While they have made some additions, it would be nice to see them add a couple more pieces to the Wide Receiver core.
There are certainly helpful players still available in free agency. Here are five guys in particular that I think could help the Patriots get back over that hump and win another Super Bowl.
Devery Henderson- WR
Devery Henderson has been Drew Brees' favorite deep threat for years. While he does not have great size (5'11, 200lbs) he does have outstanding speed. The Patriots are set with inside receivers but could use a deep threat on the outside to take the top off of a defense.
Nate Clements- DB
Nate Clements is getting up there in age at 33 years old. He is not the shut-down corner that he used to be, but he is still a serviceable player. I think Clements could be useful for the Patriots, splitting time between corner and safety.
John Abraham- DE
At this stage of his career, John Abraham is simply a pass rushing specialist. I think he would fit well in New England, opposite second-year player Chandler Jones, chasing down quarterbacks on passing downs. The Patriots would have the luxury of giving him plenty of rest and I think that is the key for a productive Abraham.
Ramses Barden- WR
Ramses Barden is a guy that I have always liked. He does not have very good speed, but he is an absolute monster at 6'6, 224 pounds. He uses his size very well to shake off defenders and when going up to catch the ball in the air. At only 27 years old, Barden is worth taking a flyer on and seeing what happens.
Visanthe Shiancoe- TE
With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez coming off of injury, I would not be surprised to see New England bring in another Tight End. Visanthe Shiancoe spent some time with New England last season, so he would make an easy transition back into the offense.