In free agency this offseason, the New England Patriots have done plenty to improve the team on both sides of the ball. The re-signing of Julian Edelman, along with the acquisition of Brandon LaFell, has made sure the team puts a better offense on the field than last year. The defense is also much improved through health in Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork, and free agency with Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis.
Because the Denver Broncos have also greatly improved, the Patriots should make one more move to give them the edge, and put them in prime position to win the Super Bowl. Adding another proven wide out would make Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots extremely happy. Brady showed a lot of frustration with his weapons last year (or lack thereof) and could use a better arsenal in 2014.
The best two wide outs left on the open market are DeSean Jackson and Miles Austin. Jackson just got released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and Austin needs a home after not receiving a contract offer from the Dallas Cowboys. With the reports of off-field issues in Jackson’s life, I think the Patriots should invite Austin in for a visit and a workout.
Austin struggled through injuries last year and was limited to just 11 games. He had his best years in 2009 and 2010 with over 1,000 receiving yards and at least seven touchdowns each year. To get back to his prime playing performance, Austin might just need new scenery, as is the case for many once high-caliber players.
The Patriots will be relying on the improvement of their second-year receivers, but that is a huge question. Adding one more proven wide out to help with the growth of their hopeful young studs would be very beneficial. Jason Avant is also still open for the taking; maybe that is another route the Patriots could go.