The New England Patriots played really smart in 2018, and that’s how they won the Super Bowl. New England made a few smart decisions, and players won the ultimate award despite the fact they were plagued with injuries. However, they did release some of their veterans, including Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis, Nate Solder and Danny Amendola. Bill Belichick did not have a replacement for these players. Brandin Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a first-round pick. Pats decided to stick to their typical approach of creating a sustainable organization relying on Tom Brady and Belichick. The Super Bowl win said it all. However, they may make a few moves in the offseason.
The Patriots were really aggressive in the past few seasons. They landed Stephon Gilmore in 2017, and added Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth and Wes Welker a decade earlier. These players were added to a wide receivers unit that was weak in the previous season. They went 16-o and broke a few records. Mike Reiss of ESPN is convinced the team will make a similar move in the offseason.
This move will be “similar to 2007, when they traded for Randy Moss and Wes Welker, New England will bring in a few receivers following a season in which they were limited at the position. Whether that’s early in the draft, in free agency or via trade, the cupboard will be well-stocked.”
New England to sign receivers this offseason
We cannot really make guesses regarding the new receivers. Golden Tate is a top alternative. Belichick could have signed him, but he did not. Robby Anderson is also an option, but he is a restricted free agent, and the Jets will never send him in Foxboro.
Trading for a star receiver would be nice, and Antonio Brown is an
obvious option. But, there is almost zero chance that the Steelers trade him to