New England Patriots Free Agency News: Akeem Ayers Signs With The Rams


After a crazy first two days of free agency, yesterday was kind of mellow for the New England Patriots. The team only made one signing, and there weren’t many rumors connected to them either.

Let’s recap:

Pats Sign Jonathan Freeny

Freeny is a former Dolphins linebacker, and he will help add the already strong special teams group New England has. It isn’t a flashy signing, but building quality depth is an important aspect of winning a championship, and Bill Belichick is one of the best ever at doing that.

Brandon Browner To The Saints

I wasn’t expecting the Patriots to retain Browner, but it became official yesterday, as the Saints inked him to a three year, $18 million deal. At that price, I’m glad New England let Browner go, even though their cornerback depth is weak right now. Browner did everything we wanted him to as a Patriot, and like Revis, I have nothing but love for him.

More from Patriots Free Agency

Danny Amendola’s Contract Restructured

Mike Reiss reported that Amendola’s new contract is for three years, $12.75 million, which I think is perfect for the former Red Raider. Even though he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations in Foxboro, he was money down the stretch last year, and has earned the right to remain a top option in this offense.

Akeem Ayers To The Rams

Ayers is one of the Pats role players I would liked to have seen them retain, as he was very good for them while Chandler Jones was injured in the middle of the year. However money talks in this business, and I’m sure the Rams were willing to offer much more than the Patriots were. And besides, Jabaal Sheard is now a Patriot, and he is definitely an upgrade over Ayers.

Terrance Knighton Signs Elsewhere

It was a longshot that Pot Roast would come to New England, but he said yesterday that he will be signing with the Washington Redskins. However the bigger news here is the contract he agreed to. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, his contract is for one year, $4 million. If that is what Knighton got, Belichick is going to clean up on value along the defensive line. Stay tuned.