Patriots: Comparing 2007 and 2016 offseasons
The New England Patriots have spent the 2016 offseason patiently waiting for their moves and stocking up on weaponry across the board. They were prudent spenders in free agency and have been nifty trade partners. The sheer number of additions brings to mind another distinct offseason: 2007.
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At this time nine years ago, the Patriots had been on the losing end of an excruciatingly close AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coming so close to the doorstep of the Super Bowl and losing motivated Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ front office to make a flurry of big moves the following offseason. Here are the veterans the Patriots added in 2007:
WR Wes Welker
WR Randy Moss
WR Donte Stallworth
WR Kelley Washington
TE Kyle Brady
RB Sammy Morris
LB Adalius Thomas
CB Tory James
CB Eddie Jackson
Of course, not all nine of those veterans made the final roster in that unforgettable 2007 season. But the point is that the Patriots mobilized resources and acquired a handful of big names, which they don’t normally do.
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Well, that has been happening again. To refresh your memory, here are the veterans the Patriots have acquired thus far in 2016:
WR Chris Hogan
WR Nate Washington
TE Martellus Bennett
TE Clay Harbor
RB Donald Brown
OL Jonathan Cooper
CB E.J. Biggers
LB Ramon Humber
LB Shea McClellin
DE Frank Kearse
DE Chris Long
DT Terrance Knighton
Certainly, there is overlapping star power when you compare the Patriots’ 2007 and 2016 offseasons. Let’s break down this comparison by analyzing name recognition (at the time) of some of these acquisitions:
2007: Moss, Stallworth, Thomas
2016: Bennett, Knighton, Long
2007: Brady, James, Morris
2016: Washington, McClellin, Brown
2016: Hogan, Cooper
As you can see, there are similarities between 2007 and 2016. It remains to be seen just how these two years will continue to compare, but right now, we’re seeing a reminder of the 2007 season.
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