The New England Patriots made a few changes to their roster, and this time they added a former Jets safety.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that the Patriots have signed former Jets safety Terrence Brooks.
“Free-agent safety Terrence
Brooks has signed a 2-year deal with the Patriots, per source,”
Brooks played the last two seasons with
the Jets and he is a former third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2014
out of Florida State. Last year, he played in all 16 games for the Jets ad
totaled 10 tackles and defended a pass. The totals came in a limited playing
time on the defensive side of the ball as he was active in just 6.16-percent of
the defensive snaps for the Jets last year. Brooks made sure his presence is
felt, and he was really great on special teams. Last year, he played in
79.03-percent of the special teams snaps for New York, and area that was
coveted by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
In his professional career, Brooks
totaled 43 tackles along with his eight passes defended and three
The signing of Brooks is actually a
clear sign of what the Patriots plan with their special teams. One player to be
careful about is safety and key special teams ace Nate Ebner. It seems like
Ebner and Brooks are the same style player. Ebner’s two-year deal worth $5
million is easier for New England to manage this year. If they tried to move
from Ebner ad have Brooks fit in his position for a smaller salary, the
Patriots could clear about $2.1 million against the salary cap by letting Ebner
Ebner turned 30, and it sure makes
sense that the Patriots are interested in getting a younger player. Trimming
down the cap is an extra benefit. Let’s see what happens next.