Four surprising roster cuts for the New England Patriots in 2023

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After missing out on the playoffs, the Patriots are clearly focused on revamping their entire organization for the 2023 season.

Rumors of a new coaching staff have been swirling around for weeks but seem to be coming to a head, according to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak. After a season of offensive incompetence and undisciplined play across the board, the focus of fans has been on the coaching staff. However, the roster is sure to turn over as well.

According to Overthecap.com, the Patriots currently have $33 million in cap space for the 2023 season, but they’ll need more to sign free agents or trade for someone like DeAndre Hopkins. Here are four surprise roster moves that can help the team create the necessary cap space.

Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Four surprising cuts for the Patriots in 2023

1.) Trent Brown

The Patriots moved Trent Brown from right tackle to left tackle for the 2022 season, and it turned out to be a failure almost from the start. Brown was benched for a preseason game against Carolina after a poor performance in joint practices. He missed time during the season with illness, and when he did play, he performed poorly. Brown tied for the league lead with 13 penalties and tied for fifth with eight sacks allowed.

If the Patriots do cut Brown, that will leave them very thin at the tackle position, with Isaiah Wynn set to become a free agent. However, the Patriots may be able to keep Wynn at a low price coming off an injury while they save money with Brown’s release. On the other hand, the last time the Patriots had Brown in a contract year (2018), he rewarded them with the best season of his career.

2023 Cap Savings: $11,000,000

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