They keep getting better and better. The Patriots for years have dominated the league with their five Super Bowl trophies, and are still thriving for more. Even with all of the success they have had, the Patriots have never dominated the offseason. Picking up small name guys that will contribute to the team at a small price is more like the Patriots.
However, this year the team has reloaded its already dominant team.
The offseason began with the acquisition of cornerback Stephon Gillmore. Gillmore was the Bills’ best cornerback a year ago and has shown flashes of being a shutdown corner. The team signed him to a 5 year, $65 million, $40 million guaranteed contract which shows the expectations the team has on his potential.
Shortly after, the Panthers traded defensive end Kony Ealy and a third round pick to the Patriots for a second round pick. After these two acquisitions the team has already had the looks of a dominant defense.
As if the Patriots’ offense couldn’t have gotten better. After a strong start to free agency, the Patriots continued their offseason dominance by acquiring WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth round pick from the Saints in exchange for their first round pick and a third round pick. It was an aggressive move considering how explosive Cooks has shown to be.
With weapons Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, and Dwayne Allen adding to the mix, Tom Brady looks like he could have another impressive season. Adding Cooks to the mix makes the Patriots’ offense a scary one for opposing defenses.
Trading away Jamie Co0llins and Chandler Jones was thought to create a dent in the Patriots’ defense, but that was not the case with linebacker Dont’a Hightower taking control of the defense. His leadership and knack for making big plays ( Strip sack in Super Bowl) has given the team the star on defense they desperately needed.
That is why re-signing Hightower was one of the biggest moves they have made. The Patriots and Hightower agreed on a 4 year, $43.5 million deal that is a good deal for both sides. It would be hard to replace a guy like Hightower as he has been the quarterback of the defense.
Making big moves is normally not the Patriot Way, but during this offseason, the team decided to be aggressive. Part of it could be because of the fact that Tom Brady is 40 now, and the team needs to continue winning now that Brady is still around, but it could also be because of the idea of building for the future.
Whatever the case may be, the Patriots have won the 2017 NFL offseason.