By: Ryan Cooley
New England’s season was somewhat of a disappointment. A 12-4 record is usually a great success for most teams. However, losing in the wild card round is not up to the Patriots’ expectations. Rumors are now swirling about where Brady will end up next season. First, reports said he was looking for $30+ million a year. Now we know Brady’s biggest concern is having weapons for next year.
If New England is serious about retaining Brady, they will need to make a splash this offseason to have serious firepower for next season.
Here are ten potential weapons the Patriots could sign in the 2020 offseason.
2019 Stats: Missed Season, 2018 Stats: 9 Games/ 46 rec/ 694 yds/ 6 TDs
Green should be the Patriots number one priority. He is an elite WR, but injuries have always been a problem. He missed the end of the 2018 season and all of this past season. This may allow the Patriots to get him at a discount. They need a true #1 WR, and Green would fill that hole.
2019 Stats: 16 Games/ 79 rec/ 1,189 yds/ 8 TDs
I don’t think the Patriots have a good chance of getting Cooper. Nevertheless, if he hits the open market before Dallas can resign him, New England should at least make an attempt. Cooper is one of the best route runners in the league, something the Patriots are desperate for. He would significantly help this offense, but I think his price tag will be too high for them.
2019 Stats: 17 Games/ 66 rec/ 869 yds/ 5 TDs
Brady likes to play with veterans, and that is exactly what Sanders is. I wasn’t sure how much of an impact he would have with 49ers offense when he was traded there. In 10 games, Sanders managed 36 receptions for 502 yards and 3 TDs. He did this in an offense that was run-heavy. He is past his prime but proved he still has enough juice to make an impact.
2019 Stats: 14 Games/ 36 rec/ 645 yds/ 6 TDs
I am not sure how much attention Perriman will draw, but he is my sleeper in free agency. Perriman is a former first-round pick by the Ravens that struggled mightily in his three years there. He is one of the fastest players in the league running a 4.25 forty yard dash. He found his way on the Buccaneers roster for the 2019 season and showed people why he was a first-round pick. In the last three games of the season, he managed 17 receptions for 349 and 4 TDs. While Perriman is far from a for sure thing, he may be a cheaper WR that New England could take a chance on.
2019 Stats: 15 Games/ 62 rec/ 678 yds/ 1 TD
Brady was frustrated this year due to how many offensive players came in and out of the door. It is hard for a QB to play at a high level when he has no chemistry with his WRs. Amendola played five years with Brady and has a chance to make it six. He is 34 years old, but could still contribute and would not be too expensive. Patriots fans also know Danny “playoff” Amendola could help in the postseason.
2019 Stats: 16 Games/ 52 rec/ 779 yds/ 5 TDs
Anderson will most likely demand more money than he is actually worth. He is extremely fast (running a 4.34 at the combine), but is not your prototypical #1 WR. The Patriots need speed, so it would be smart to entertain this idea. However, reports say Anderson is looking for at least $10+ million annually, which is a bit much for a WR that has never had a 1,000-yard season.
2019 Stats: 13 Games/ 75 rec/ 787 yds/ 6 TDs
Hooper will be many team’s first option at TE in free agency. He had his breakout year in 2019, and if he played all 16 games, there is a very good chance he eclipses 1,000 yards. Hooper may be the most durable TE available this offseason, missing only 5 games in four years. He would be a big security blanket for Brady at 255 lbs
2019 Stats: 12 Games/ 55 rec/ 652 yds/ 5 TDs
Henry is a player to watch out for in free agency. When healthy, he is one of the best TEs in the league. He is not much of a blocker but is very effective in the passing game. Henry would immediately help the offense’s passing attack. He has yet to play a full season and missed all of 2018 due to a torn ACL. If not for durability issues, henry would be my #1 TE in free agency.
2019 Stats: 11 Games/ 31 rec/ 375 yds/ 3 TDs
Ebron has had a roller-coaster career up to this point. He had a great season in 2018 with 66 receptions for 750 yards and 13 TDs. However, he had a disappointing encore. Ebron has a real problem with drops having 5 in only 12 games according to Pro Football Focus. Ebron has a lot of upside but may demand more money than he should.
Stats: 16 Games/ 43 rec/ 436 yds/ 3 TDs
Eifert may be the most injury-prone TE in the league. He has missed 53 games in 7 years. Eifert did show some promise in 2019 playing his first full season. When healthy, he is an effective receiver, but also impresses as a run-blocker, something Belichick loves. I am not sure what Eifert’s asking price is, but I imagine it won’t be too high with his lengthy list of injuries.