We are slowly approaching the 2023 NFL Draft and the Patriots might benefit from signing a few bargain bin free agents before the end of April. Bargain bin free agents are perhaps the most valuable free agents left on the market.
They are low risk, and high reward, and that’s something that every single team in the NFL should have interest in. The 2023 NFL Draft is about two weeks away, so it’s not likely that we see much more action in the FA market.
However, teams will dabble in the market after the draft. Depending on what kind of holes teams can fill in the draft will guide the rest of their roster moves after the draft is over.
Bargain bin free agents Patriots should sign before draft
Kenny Golladay signed a big-time contract with the New York Giants a couple of years ago, but his tenure in New York was embarrassing, so say the least. However, what Golladay does possess is true, WR1 playmaking ability when he’s on the field and at his best. Another veteran wide receiver addition might not do anything for the offense, but Golladay has some very solid production during his career and the potential is there.
Signing Carson Wentz won’t cost much. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 to reunite with Frank Reich, and was then shipped to the Washington Commanders in 2022.
Wentz is damaged goods right now, but we’ve seen how well he can play. If it wasn’t for his torn ACL towards the end of the 2017 season, he’d have won the MVP award. He’s a Super Bowl champion and could be a perfect backup to Mac Jones, or whoever else the starting QB might be.
I’d even go as far as to say that if Wentz was signed, he’d be the best QB on the Patriots’ roster by a mile.
Rock Ya-Sin is set to enter his age-27 season and had a nice year with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022. In 11 games, he had seven passes defended and 45 total tackles. He’s not much of a ball-hawk, with only two interceptions in his four year career, but he was a second round pick, so he’s got some talent.
He’s also 6’0″ tall, so he’d add some adequate size to a position that the Patriots are awkwardly small in.