Free agency is slowing down, and with the draft approaching, I think it is a good time to quickly grade what the Patriots have done thus far in free agency.
The Pats lost a top corner in Aqib Talib, and still managed to upgrade their secondary. Revis is the best cover corner in the league, and he will instantly elevate New England’s defensive backfield to elite levels in 2014. He will be getting a lot of money, but his talent makes it worth it.
Brandon Browner: B+
Browner doesn’t have the cover skills of a Revis, but his size is something that will definitely help the Pats next year. He is extremely physical, and his press coverage really disrupts the opposing offense’s passing game.
Julian Edelman: B
I would rather have seen the Pats go after someone like Emmanuel Sanders, but retaining Edelman was a solid move. He has a great rapport with Tom Brady, and his ability to make people miss after the catch is up there with the best. Edelman is set to earn $17 million over the next four years, which is good for both sides. Edelman gets a well deserved lump of cash, and the Pats don’t have to break the bank.
LaFell won’t be the number one target in Brady’s offense, which I think makes him more dangerous. He can come in on passing downs and instantly get one on one coverage (because of the other weapons Brady has) on the outside, which is something that he can exploit.
Hooman isn’t someone you want on your starting offense, but he is a great backup, and a solid blocker. The Pats still need to upgrade the tight end position, but having a reliable backup in Hoomanawanui is always a good thing.