5 great free agents Patriots could've signed but didn't

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Patriots could have signed left tackle Tyron Smith

Because it was made abundantly clear that starting left tackle Trent Brown seemingly had no interest in re-signing with the Patriots this offseason, replacing him was at the top of the list for most needed positions to fill ahead of the draft.

A handful of quality linemen were set to become free agents, many of whom interested fans, but longtime Cowboy Tyron Smith took most of the focus, and rightfully so. The 8-time Pro Bowler was ready to find a new team to play for after spending 13 seasons in Dallas, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Patriots.

He would surely demand a hefty payday, which wasn't a problem for New England, which entered free agency with the second-most cap space available. Although his age wasn't ideal, he would've been a great short-term veteran on the team, especially if they're planning to select a quarterback in this year's draft.

But instead of getting him in the building, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Jets.

So not only did they miss out on signing a top-name tackle, but because of that, he will now play for a divisional rival with Super Bowl aspirations because Aaron Rodgers will be back under center next season. To top it all off, New York signed him up for just $6.5 million guaranteed, with incentives allowing him to earn another $13.5 million.