The way this season has gone for the New England Patriots, fans have to be just about to the point of red alert.
After all, New England isn't used to losing. They're hardly comfortable with mediocrity. And the Patriots have found themselves being just that: a mediocre, losing team.
In 2024, the Patriots are going to have to totally revamp this franchise, both from a player and a personnel standpoint. Let's look at just a few names who will not be back next year, and a couple that will.
Running Back Ezekiel Elliott will not return in 2024
When the Patriots signed Ezekiel Elliott, I figured it would be more of a signing that had to do with the name than anything else. It was definitely a Bill Belichick move, that's for sure. But, Elliott has looked slow and just as many predicted, he hasn't been very good.
At the start of next season, Elliott will be 29 years old, and that's not an ideal age for a running back to get another contract, especially after a year where he looked washed. Elliott is going to be one of many names that won't return next year, hopefully in effort to get this offense younger and more explosive.
Tight End Hunter Henry will not return in 2024
Before the trade deadline, Hunter Henry was a name that many thought could be moved. He is on the last year of his contract and veteran Mike Gesicki will also be a free agent. If you ask me, the Patriots need to find their franchise tight end and stop messing around, paying all of these veterans so much money.
It's almost as if it's a game for Belichick and company. Henry is a good player, and if they believed in him, they wouldn't have also signed Gesicki.