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Breaking down The Patriots Free Agents in 2015

Revis and McCourty among the Patriots Free Agents for 2015.

Revis and McCourty among the Patriots Free Agents for 2015.

We, as Patriots Fans can celebrate the Super Bowl win all off-season long because we are SB Champions until next Febraury and I fully plan on celebrating the win until the start of the 2015 season.

But, lets go “On To Free Agency” to look at who will be a free agent in March for the Patriots. I don’t think they will be big players in free agency this year because they need to do some in house signing.

Darrelle Revis, CB (2015 team option)
Devin McCourty, S
Dan Connolly, G
Stephen Gostkowski, K
Shane Vereen, RB
Stevan Ridley, RB
Akeem Ayers, LB
Jonathan Casillas, LB
Alan Branch, DE

Those are some big names there and some key ones.

The Pats would NOT have been able to make the run they made in 2014 without the addition of Revis and Browner to that secondary, you did see how awesome they were in the SB and pretty much every game right? Yeah, without them on defense the road to SB victory would have been a tougher one.

Devin McCourty is the Pats FS and he’s one of the best FS in all of the NFL, maybe even the best one, so can’t let him go and to shut down some people saying he’s replaceable…. You did see the safety play this year right? Nobody is irreplaceable on the Patriots, especially with Brady as the QB, but McCourty will be very very very tough to replace and not just his talent but his unquestioned leadership. Plus, who would replace him? Nobody in free agency this year and certainly no sure thing in the draft.

Stephen Gostkowski is still really, really good and clutch, but so was Adam Vinatieri but the Pats still kicked him to the curb because he wanted too much money for a kicker. Vinatieri got a 5 year, 12 million dollar deal  with a $3.5 million signing bonus to play for the Colts when he was 34 years old. He was done with the Pats and didn’t give them a chance to counter offer if they even would have. Vinatieri’s last year with the Pats in 2005, he was 20/25 for the regular season and made 40/41 extra points. He made 9 from 30+yards. In the two postseason games he was 2/3 in field goals made and 5/5 extra points. He made 1 from 40+ yards.

Gostkowski is 31 years old. He was 35/37 field goals made during the regular season and made all 51 extra point attempts. He made 12 from 40+yards. In the postseason, the Pats didn’t kick a lot of field goals, but they did once and he made it. He made all 15 extra points. He’s the leading scorer for the Patriots in their history books, surpassing Vinatieri. It took Vinatieri 10 seasons to do and Gostkowski did it in 9 seasons. Gostkowski’s rookie contract expired after the 2009 season. The Patriots offered him the second-round tender of $1,759,000 for the 2010 season. Gostkowski signed the tender on April 17. In August of 2010, Gostkowski signed a 4 year contract extension. He played the 2010 season on the tender contract, but from 2011 to 2014 his contract was $14 million with a $5 million guaranteed.

So, how much will he get this time? How much can the Pats afford to pay him and will they? He’s the most replaceable, but still he’s very good and the Pats would rather keep him, but they will start over at the kicker spot if need be.

RB Shane Vereen shouldn’t be all that expensive and he’s someone I’m very confident they will have back in a New England uniform and for cheap too. He’s a pass-catcher that plays RB and he fits New England’s style and he was huge in the Super Bowl, constantly moving the chains. He’s perfect for the Patriots, but not for many other teams. He shouldn’t be too much and he should be back.

OL Dan Connolly is interesting. He was pretty good this year and he’s a good piece to the Patriots offensive puzzle. He’s 32 will turn 33 heading into the 2015 season. He’s older, but knows the system and he shouldn’t be expensive at all. He will probably return, but the Pats will still look to add more offensive linemen in the draft.

RB Stevan Ridley is very interesting. Will they bring him back or no? They won the Super Bowl without him so if he wants the dollars New England won’t do it. He’s not worth too much just because they proved that without him, but they didn’t have the greatest backfield without him running the ball either, still they won. Blount is cheap and Blount is good, Vereen is cheap and a pass-catcher, and Bolden is special team ace. Jonas Gray was great when he actually played. Gray looks like Ridley just without the fumbles, but for some reason the Pats didn’t play him and I have NO idea why. I don’t know if Gray is the actual replacement plan or if they draft a T.J. Yeldon. We will see, but I can see the Pats letting Rildley go bye bye. I’m not for or against Ridley coming back, but if he wants too much then let him go, we got other guys to pay.

LB Akeem Ayers got some sacks and did some stuff, but he will be cheap and he’s good depth, so yeah I think he’s a Patriot in 2015.

DT Alan Branch I have no idea. He’s nice depth and he did good in the Super Bowl and he’s awesome to look at next to Wilfork. He should be cheap enough to bring back. It’s not huge either way.

LB Jonathan Casillas was a guy they traded for and he is a special team guy. The Pats traded a 5th round for him and I have no idea why. I doubt he comes back and someway New England will get that 5th round back from some other team. However, he’s special team and cheap, so maybe.

The most important ones are Revis and McCourty and they are the big money ones. The Pats have to resign them and do it fast.

LB Jerod Mayo has a cap hit of $10.6 million in 2015, $10.4 million in 2016 and $9.5 million in 2017. He’s not worth it, he would be but Hightower and Collins has been awesome without him and they helped lead the Patriots to a SB win. Mayo will either be cut or traded or maybe they work a new deal, but getting rid of those numbers will help the Pats with resigning two of the most important guys in Revis and McCourty. Well, at least with one of them.

This site goes in-depth much more than I’m willing to-do about Mayo’s Salary Cap hits and what the Pats can do.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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