The New England Patriots have bypassed signing big-name players this offseason. Most of that was accomplished last year, when they overhauled their roster and set the record for most guaranteed money spent on free agents.
While worthwhile, the spending spree put the Patriots in a financial bind this offseason, leaving them with little to no resources to continue building the roster after they made the playoffs in Mac Jones’ first year running the offense.
Of course, New England not adding any further star-power is no fault of their current players. Matt Judon has led the recruiting charge, taking to Twitter to lure Bobby Wagner, Odell Beckham Jr. and Allen Robinson, among others, to Foxborough.
With the star pass rusher struggling to work his magic, some of the Patriots’ newcomers are trying to pick up the slack.
First up? Mack Wilson, who came over in the trade that sent Chase Winovich to Cleveland. With Deebo Samuel now available for trade, Wilson shared a pick of him and the All-Pro wideout swapping jerseys after a game vs the 49ers.
Some Patriots’ newcomers are doing their best to recruit Deebo Samuel to New England.
Wilson is really doing everything to endear himself to Patriots fans. Upon his arrival in Foxborough, the former fifth-round pick took to Twitter to recruit Beckham, his former Browns teammate, to come play for the six-time champs.
We’re not sure how close Wilson and Samuel are, but their jersey swap indicates there’s a mutual respect between the players. Even if Wilson’s efforts come up short, the least Patriots Nation can do is get the “GetDeebotoNE” hashtag trending.
Believe it or not, Wilson wasn’t the only Patriots newcomer to recruit the in-demand playmaker to New England. In a direct quote tweet of Wilson’s tweet, the newly-acquired DeVante Parker doubled down on the idea that there’d be nothing wrong with all of them calling Gillette Stadium home.
Would you look at that? Though offseason workouts got started on Monday, Wilson and Parker are working around the clock to bring more talent to New England. Whether it works remains to be seen, but Bill Belichick and the front office should at least kick the tires on a Samuel trade given players clearly want him.
If all it takes is a couple of high draft picks and $25 million annually over four years with roughly $50 million guaranteed, which would place him third at the position behind Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams, it should definitely be considered.
If Belichick and Co. pull it off, Wilson and Parker would become Patriots legends before ever playing a snap for the team.
What a story that would be.