There were reports leading up to free agency that the New England Patriots were planning to be “uncharacteristically aggressive” this offseason, but nobody could have anticipated them to spend more than they had over the last decade combined.
To put the their spending spree into perspective, the Patriots have made a grand total of 18 transactions thus far (12 new additions and six re-signings) that add up to be worth significantly north of $200 million.
With some $26 million in cap space remaining, Bill Belichick, who’s clearly out to prove a point this offseason, can stand to make a few more marquee additions.
Any future moves, though, can be expected to spread out over the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, however, the Patriots published a press release announcing the transactions, and Belichick himself released a statement.
Though the 68-year-old claims to be excited with his revamped roster, his verbiage, as fans might have expected, was as political as ever.
Patriots GM Bill Belichick responded to the team’s slew of offseason additions.
If that’s not that the most Belichick response you’ve ever heard, then we’re not sure what is. The longtime head coach has dished out some memorable statements during his time in the NFL, and this one undoubtedly deserves to be mentioned alongside the best of the bunch.
After all, he just burned through hundreds of millions of owner Robert Kraft’s hard-earned money, with potentially more to come down the road, and seems poised to enjoy a revenge tour of epic proportions with his new-look roster next season.
Despite all of that, however, Belichick couldn’t have been more bland with his statement. You would honestly think the Patriots just squeaked by a team in overtime that they should’ve demolished by multiple touchdowns, but nope. This all came in response to the biggest spending spree of his general managing career.
For those wondering, Belichick might be forced to release another statement within the next week, as the signings made on either Thursday or Friday — including center David Andrews, defensive end Montravius Adams, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and kicker Nick Folk — won’t be made official until a later date.
Technically speaking, the Patriots legend was addressing the deals he had in place on or before the start of the new league year on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen if Belichick will have to channel his inner Charles Dickens again. After all, there really is never a bad time to be reminded just how much he loathes the media responsibilities his job mandates.