The New England Patriots are going to make some splash moves this offseason, but in which direction will they go to do this? I, for one, am excited to see what else Bill Belichick has in store this coming offseason.
With adequate draft capital, plenty cap space, and a rich tradition organization, Belichick will have no problems getting new players inside the building, and some of them will be elite. Hopefully the moves he makes will end up being the right ones.
We’ve seen a few blow up under Belichick’s tenure, so hopefully he and the front office can get together to make some savvy decisions.
Bold predictions for the New England Patriots 2023 offseason
The Patriots will trade for a legitimate wide receiver
This might be the biggest need for the team heading into the offseason. They don’t have a true difference maker at the position and it’s imperative that they get someone in the building that can at least get close to the WR1 mark.
Brandin Cooks makes a lot of sense as he’s played with Bill O’Brien before. DeAndre Hopkins has as well, but I’m not sure how strong their relationship is after he traded D-Hop to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Patriots will trade their 2023 first round pick
Whether they need to trade this pick for a wide receiver, offensive linemen, or someone else, the Patriots will not be using their first round pick to draft someone. Parting with this high of draft capital would be a bold move, so they’d likely be getting someone very, very good.
It’s currently unknown who will and will not be available for trade when the offseason comes. There’s also some free agents in 2023 who may be re-signed by their current clubs, so that might cause the Patriots to act more hastily in trying to fix the roster.
They’ll be firmly in QB rumors
What I mean by this is that I think we’ll hear the Patriots in some quarterback rumors this offseason. I’m kind of surprised that we haven’t heard much of anything regarding Derek Carr and New England having interest.
I could also see the team checking in on Lamar Jackson and even potentially having interest in Jimmy Garoppolo.
I don’t necessarily think Mac Jones has done much wrong, but I do think there could be a clear avenue to upgrade.