The New England Patriots made some solid organizational and roster changes this offseason, but will they end up regretting not signing these three free agents? Don't get me wrong, I do think the team had a solid free agency period, but I also think it could have been much better.
The team didn't spend a ton of money in free agency, but they also didn't have a ton of cap space to work with. In what could be a very pivotal year for the current organizational structure, you'd think that the team would have done a bit more with the roster. They made changes at wide receiver, tight end, and along the offensive line.
They also filled a huge need in the 2023 NFL Draft when they took Christian Gonzalez in the first round. The Patriots should be a better team than they were in 2022, but will it be enough to make progress in the loaded AFC? Let's dive into three free agents the Patirots might regret on passing on in 2023.
3 free agents the Patriots might regret not signing in 2023 offseason
1. DJ Chark, WR
I think any team that needed help at wide receiver should have looked at DJ Chark, who isn't even 27 years old yet and was a second-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2018. Chark made the Pro Bowl in 2019 with a 1,000 yard season, but he has struggled with injuries during his career, never playing more than 15 games in a season thus far.
However, he's 6'4" and has 4.3 speed. He might be the most athletic player in the NFL that no one really talks about. His skillset would have been precisely what the Patriots needed, but they instead opted to spend more money to sign JuJu Smith-Schuster. Chark signed for just $5 million with the Carolina Panthers.
It would have been a low-risk, insanely high-reward move for the Patriots that they might regret on not making.