As the next installment in our Yes/No series detailing the New England Patriots’ free agency, this morning we are deciding whether or not the Patriots should re-sign free agent fullback James Develin.
The answer: YES
A torn ACL in the 2015 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints brought Gibson’s debut season with the Patriots to a quick and unfortunate end. It was a real shame, as Gibson was a strong contender to make the 53-man roster after being signed by the Patriots in the offseason. Certainly, the Pats could have used the contributions of the veteran, who played under Josh McDaniels when he was with the St. Louis Rams.
The Patriots have nothing to lose by signing Gibson to a low-cost deal during free agency. He’s a proven veteran who had been gaining the trust of Tom Brady before that tragic ACL tear in August.
Gibson will have plenty of competition in training camp this summer, from fellow returners Brian Tyms, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper and DeAndre Carter to anyone the Patriots may add through free agency and the draft.
From the Brandon Gibson vault:
Look, Gibson isn’t going to blow the top off of any defenses by any means. But he has the potential to be a solid role receiver in the Patriots’ aerial attack. His experience under McDaniels is definitely a plus.
In case you missed them, listed here are recent installments in our Yes/No free agency series.
Be sure to check back on Musket Fire tomorrow morning as we ponder the future of free agent special teamer Nate Ebner.