In the first season post-Tom Brady, New England struggled to a 7-9 finish. Their lack of talent was very apparent. Bill Belichick and co. decided to do something about it Monday.
New England was able to sign a number of key players for the 2021 season and beyond. On Monday alone, the Patriots acquired Jonnu Smith, Matthew Judon, Davon Godchaux, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, and Jalen Mills, along with resigning Cam Newton and trading back for Trent Brown.
Judon and Smith are the big names. Both players inked four-year deals, with Judon signing for 56 million and Smith for 50 million.
Godchaux is one of the more underrated players in the NFL. New England was able to sign him away from AFC East rival Miami on a two-year deal worth 16 million. He will plug right into the nose tackle spot in their 3-4 scheme.
Agholor, after an unproductive run in Philadelphia, had a breakout season in Las Vegas. He was able to fill the role that rookie Henry Ruggs was unable to do. After proving himself on a one-year deal, Agholor has the chance to be Newton’s number one receiver.
Bourne is a player blessed with natural athleticism, and he has sky-high potential. After some solid years in San Francisco, Bourne will have a bigger role in New England’s offense in 2021.
The Mills signing is an interesting one. He’ll be making six million a year for the next four years. For a player as inconsistent as Mills, it’s a great deal. I’m sure he will be remaining at safety after playing the first three years of his career at corner.
New England is certainly not done reloading their roster, and everyone in the AFC should be very scared about what they bring to opening day talent-wise.