Examining the possibility of the Patriots adding another free agent
|06.03.12 at 2:38 pm ET|
As we have already mentioned, the bulk of the team-building process (two-plus months of free agency as well as the draft) is already been completed, and it’s unlikely that the Patriots would make any major moves between now and the start of training camp at the end of July. However, there are several interesting free agent options still on the market. Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk put together a list of the Top 10 remaining free agents, and a couple of them could be attractive to the Patriots.
At least on the surface, the No. 1 (running back Cedric Benson) and No. 2 (tackle Marcus McNeill) options don’t appear to be fits with New England, as Benson appears to be on the downside of his career and McNeill has had serious back problems over the last few years.
•Third on Silva’s list is defensive end Matt Roth. We’ve been an advocate of Roth to the Patriots for some time now, and New England worked him out last summer right off the lockout. However, he ended up signing a one-year deal with Jacksonville. The fact that he could still be out there could have something to do with concussion issues — he missed the last five games of the season in 2011 because of concussion problems. When he’s been healthy, he’s shown positional flexibility and has been productive: he can play linebacker and end and has 11 sacks in his last 27 games.
•Fourth on the list is defensive end Andre Carter, who put together a tremendous 2011 season in his first year in New England, but suffered a season-ending quad injury in a win over the Broncos in Denver. Carter’s agent Carl Poston has indicated that the defensive end would certainly be open to a return to the Patriots, and like the inevitably that surrounded Brandon Lloyd‘s eventual signing in New England, it appears that Carter will come back to the Patriots at some point in 2012, even on a limited basis. (One source says that Carter would return to New England in October.)
Some other interesting names on Silva’s list including wide receiver Braylon Edwards at No. 5, safety O.J. Atogwe at No. 8 and cornerback Drew Coleman (No. 10), who is best known around Foxboro as the guy who laid the hit on running back Kevin Faulk that ended the veterans’ 2011 season.
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