6 of the most desirable offensive free agents for the Patriots to sign in 2024

The 2024 free agency class is filled with wide receivers and running backs galore, all for the Patriots to (hopefully) choose from and spend the money needed to get the game-changing weapons they need.
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T.J. Hockenson

With Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki becoming free agents in 2024, the Patriots must determine which veteran tight ends they'll need to add to their offensive lineup. Regardless if they choose to bring either internal player back on new contracts, looking into T.J. Hockenson's fit wouldn't be a bad idea.

After spending the first three years with the Lions, Hockenson was traded to the Vikings after playing seven games for Detroit last season. He quickly acclimated to his new team and played every remaining game of the year without needing time to get acquainted with the new playbook.

Although he hasn't been referred to as one of the best tight ends in the league throughout his career, he's become a consistent factor in the offenses he was a part of and stood out upon arriving in Minnesota, where he recorded 60 receptions for 519 yards and three touchdowns.

At just 26 years old, he will become a free agent for the first time next year. If he can have another great season in 2023, the Patriots may consider offering him a similar contract to Hunter Henry when he arrived in New England in 2021.

With Bill O'Brien back in the fold, prioritizing the tight end position is likely on the menu when going into the offseason. Hockenson would fit the bill with his size and production, but his potential is also an aspect to consider.