Nov 18, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) returns the punt for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Preview: Expect A Lot Of Moves


Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) reacts on the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a long wait, but free agency is finally here. Arguably the mot exciting time on the NFL calender will begin in a few hours, as the first pieces in the 2014 puzzle will fall.

There is always a ton of things going on at the beginning of free agency, with the top guys signing to new teams fairly quickly. Here is a quick preview as to what the Patriots may do in the coming hours:

Aqib Talib

It was reported last night that the Pats were close to a deal with Talib, and if that is the case, I would expect them to finalize it before he is allowed to hit the open market. My gut feeling is it will get done, although if it isn’t closed in time, he may end up elsewhere.

Julian Edelman

Both sides have been talking throughout the entire offseason, and according to Jeff Howe, New England recently became more aggressive in working out a deal. I still think that Edelman will hit the open market, and if a team comes along and give him a huge offer, don’t be surprised if he bolts.

Jared Allen

Allen to the Patriots makes sense, and because of that, it probably won’t happen. Belichick generally doesn’t do what is “expected” of him, especially when it comes to big name free agents. But keep an eye out for Allen to New England rumors.

Emmanuel Sanders

I have been hoping the Patriots go after Sanders ever since last offseason, and now it is nearly time for them to act on it. I believe he would explode in Tom Brady’s offense, and now that Aaron Dobson had surgery on his foot, New England must sign a few veteran wideouts to help out the young receiving corps.

Darrelle Revis

If Tampa can’t trade him, they are expected to release Revis by Wednesday. It is an unlikely scenario, but Belichick may surprise everybody, and deal for this elite talent.

Alterraun Verner

Verner has said that New England is an option, although if they re-sign Talib, Verner probably won’t end up in Foxboro. However Verner is a talented corner, and if needed, he would be a great value signing.

Darren Sproles

I don’t think the Patriots should target Sproles (remember that guy Vereen?), but many have said it would be a perfect match, so there may be a possibility of Sproles heading to Foxboro.

Jairus Byrd

Byrd is much more of a free safety than a strong safety (which is what the Pats need), but he is a talented guy, and the combination of him and McCourty roaming the back end could be dangerous.

Ryan Mallett

There were rumors over the weekend saying that Houston wanted Mallett, but they have died down, and I don’t think anything will happen with him. But stranger things have happened with Belichick as the head man.

T.J. Ward

Ward will want a lot of money, but I am salivating at the thought of him and McCourty paired up at safety. Ward is a hard hitting, physical player, which is exactly what the New England secondary needs.

 

Tags: Alterraun Verner Aqib Talib Darren Sproles Emmanuel Sanders Jairus Byrd Jared Allen Julian Edelman New England Patriots NFL Free Agency Ryan Mallett T.J. Ward

  • Andy Scott

    Expect a lot of moves? From who? The Pats? I don’t think so. Apparently, the Pats think the team was good enough last year to win the Super Bowl because it looks like they’re content to just sit back and let all of the top tier FA’s (including their own) get signed by other teams. I don’t know if it’s hubris or stupidity or maybe they just don’t care about winning another title. As a Pats fan who sees the same failed philosophy year after year, and our rivals get stronger while we get weaker, I CAN say that it’s quite frustrating!