The Patriots Aren't Even Close to Finished in Free Agency as They've Signed Two Former Super Bowl WRs!
On day one of legal tampering the Patriots have been spending money like they're getting a stimmy for every bad draft pick over the last eight seasons that lead to Tom Brady leaving!
If you thought they were done after adding Jonnu Smith, Davon Godchaux, Matthew Judon and Jalen Mills you were sadly mistaken. The Patriots just added Super Bowl LII champion, Nelson Agholor and Super Bowl LIV participant, Kendrick Bourne on multi-year deals to add depth to a receiving core that can use all the help it can get.
I'll be honest (not that I'm not in all blogs), I was hoping for some bigger names when the likes of Kenny Golladay, Curtis Samuel, JuJu and others were available. Is Nelson Agholor worth up to 13 million dollars a season? Certainly not to the fans in Philly!
While his hands may be a little suspect, which is never ideal for pass catchers when he does hold on to the ball, Agholor has been an underrated deep threat. His numbers last year remind me of numbers you'd see in the 70s. 48 receptions for 896 yards and 8 touchdowns. Only Tyreek Hill scored more 20+ yard TDs in 2020.
The signing I'm much more intrigued with is Kendrick Bourne. I haven't seen a ton of this dude, but in glimpses, he's shown that he's got "it"; it being the ability to get open. Those are pretty solid numbers given the 49ers QB play last season.
Patriot haters, of which there are many, are racking of the likes and retweets making fun of these signings.
And I'll admit I can see where they're coming from. One of these guys dropped his way out of Philly, and the other has less than 1,800 career receiving yards in four seasons. That's a lot of money allocated to a couple of number 2/3/4 WRs. But when Bill Belichick is passing out money like Andrew Carnegie on his death bed, I think it's safe to assume he's done his research. How many times have we heard the last 20 years it's not about accumulating talent but building a team? When the Patriots traded for Wes Welker, he had 1,121 career receiving yards and ONE touchdown over three NFL seasons, and that worked out alright. Of course, I wish the Patriots had drafted an NFL-caliber WR or two over the last decade so they wouldn't be in this situation, but I'm glad to see they're at least trying to give Cam some more help. I think Bourne will be able to get open, which is something Patriot receivers struggled mightily to do in 2020.
One thing is for sure the Patriots are going to be much more fun to play with in Madden this year. After being a handful of plays away from 10 wins, I think the guys the Patriots added today will get them to that threshold. In Bill, we Trust while also not being afraid to call out his mistakes!