The New England Patriots have changed some things this offseason, and they have already signed a few new players. The last one comes from the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots inked a deal with former New York Jets defensive lineman Mike Pennel, and agreed to a free-agent contract with Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse.
Mike Reiss from ESPN reported that LaCossee agreed to a two-year contract worth $4.8 million, and that’s actually great for a 2015 undrafted free agent.
LaCosse stayed with the Broncos last summer as the No.3 tight end behind Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman. His presence was felt after Butt suffered a torn ACL. LaCosse became starter after Heuerman was added to injured reserve. He finished with 24 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown in his 15 appearances and five starts.
Heuerman became unrestricted free agent, and Denver was expected to overhaul the spot via free agency and the draft. They decided not to place a tender on LaCosse and he became an unrestricted free agent.
LaCosse is definitely a nice addition to the Patriots’ roster as they have yet to answer some questions about tight end Rob Gronkowski and some of the other guys.
Let’s forget about Gronk for a second. New England has to rely on Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo at the moment. Hollister has shown great potential, but he wasn’t healthy. Anderson was a practice squad player for most of last season. Izzo spend his rookie season on injured reserve.
LaCosse falls above Hollister and Anderson.
Pennel played three seasons with the Green Bay Packers and joined the Jets in 2017. He had 16 appearances and seven starts last year, marking 27 tackles.
The Broncos will have to play without Case Keenum, Bradley Roby, Matt Paradis, Billy Turner and Max Garcia.