10 realistic free agents the Patriots could sign in 2024

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8. Devin White

Like Chase Young, the Patriots could pursue Devin White to put the defense over the top, especially in the pass rush. It's no secret that it has been a struggle for New England defenders over the years, particularly against mobile quarterbacks, and the job cannot rest on Matthew Judon's shoulders alone.

White could become his right-hand man, and this season could be the best time to get a deal done with him. Judon's former coach from his days with the Ravens, Drew Wilkins. That is if they let him play in his natural position as an outside linebacker.

Or he could be mentored by Patriots great Dont'a Hightower, who is pursuing his coaching career with the team as the next inside linebackers coach, a position White played the first three years in the league.

Regardless, he's a young player with all the potential in the world and could be a great addition to an already superb defense.

9. Hunter Henry

Another pending free agent that was last a Patriot, there are more reasons to re-sign Hunter Henry than to watch him play for a different team next season. Besides having the best season of his career in his first year with the team in 2021, he has been consistently productive in the two years since.

Henry had become Mac Jones's favorite red zone target and was reliable as a blocker, which came in handy even more with a struggling offensive line.

Because the plan is to build a formidable offense for 2024 and beyond, keeping a player who has already proven himself on the team, like Henry, would be a good move by Mayo, as long as it's on a cheaper contract.

10. Ezekiel Elliott

Although a handful of standout running back talents will be free agents in just a few weeks; most don't seem like realistic options for the Patriots, no matter how much money they have to spend. That's why re-signing Ezekiel Elliott could be in the team's future.

At this point in his career, he may not be the most exciting running back in the league anymore, but he was a solid asset to the offense last year.

With an entire season under his belt and (hopefully) a proper preseason as well, there's no reason to believe he couldn't continue to be the right one for the job, especially with a new offensive coordinator and an improved offense overall.

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