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Raiders just released fullback Jakob Johnson - should the Patriots sign him?

With the trade deadline in the review mirror and free agency months away, the Patriots have an opportunity to bring back a familiar face to their roster after being released from the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week.

Fullback Jakob Johnson became the latest player to hit the open market on Friday, allegedly being released due to no longer being a fit in the new offensive scheme being implemented by interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardegree.

Although the Patriots may not necessarily be in the market for a player like Johnson, given their current losing record and underperforming offense, he was a productive player during his three years in New England. He was no James Develin, but with the long-standing issues of finding competent tight ends and needing help on the offensive line, Johnson was valuable for more than one reason.

Now that he's a free agent, it may be wise for Belichick to make the call. It's clear the offense needs help in multiple areas, so it certainly wouldn't hurt to inquire, at least.