3 of the best free agents the New England Patriots could sign in 2024

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The New England Patriots are set to have the second most cap space in the NFL next offseason with just over $85 million. Similar to 2020, the Patriots could look to go on a spending spree and sign elite players.

Here are three 2024 free agents that the Patriots could look to sign.

Kirk Cousins

If the Patriots' season goes sideways this year and they realize that Mac Jones is not the guy, they could be in the market for a quarterback. It's also safe to assume that the Patriots will not tank, which they failed to do in 2020, so they would need to address the quarterback position in free agency.

Kirk Cousins could be a veteran target, and it's not a bad option.

Cousins is a four-time Pro Bowler, and he has led two franchises to the postseason. With good talent around him, Cousins has proven to be a quality starter that can get you to the postseason.

Although Cousins is 34, he could be the perfect veteran for the Patriots to take a chance on.

Mike Evans

If the Patriots fail to land DeAndre Hopkins this offseason; they will 100% need to be in the market for a true number-one receiver.

Mike Evans would be the perfect target for the Patriots because he is consistently great. Signing Evans would guarantee excellent production.

Since Evans entered the league, he has had the most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start a career with nine, and he is a four-time Pro Bowler.

He has also won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he knows what it takes to win, and could help bring the winning culture back to Foxborough. 

Chase Young

A high-upside signing that the Patriots could make in 2024 is Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young.

The Patriots could look to bolster their already strong defensive line with a former number two overall pick. 

People forget just how good Young was to start his career as he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Although Young tore his ACL in 2021 and only played three games in 2022, he could be a high-upside signing. 

If Young can return to his form in his rookie year, pairing him with Matthew Judon would make a deadly combination for the Patriots.