The New England Patriots were eliminated from the postseason following the terrible loss to the Tennessee Titans. It was a huge blow for the defending Super Bowl champions. However, every loss is a motivation for the Patriots, and they decided to move on. The first thing they did was sign players to reserve/future contracts.
These contracts ensure that the players signed will have a spot on the team’s 90-man roster when the new season begins in March.
All of the new players come from the practice squad. Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, linebacker Terez Hall, safety Obi Melifonwu, defensive back Adarius Pickett, wide receiver Devin Ross, defensive lineman Nick Thurman and offensive lineman Najee Toran were offered deals.
Patriots fans already know Melifonwu. He went to college at UConn and was a second-round pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2017. The Raiders cut him in 2018, and he inked a deal with the New England Patriots.
In his two games as a Patriot, Melifonwu had three tackles. He nearly won a roster spot with the Pats in 2019, but stayed on their practice unit. This time the team decided to give him another chance to prove himself in another offseason with the champs.
Adeboyejo is the only player besides the safety that has been on an NFL game-day roster. He played one game with the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the 2017 season. New England decided to give him a chance. They are willing to give everyone a chance as long as the team wins games.
The Patriots missed the chance to win another ring, but they are already thinking for the upcoming season. Head coach Bill Belichick sure has a plan for the season, and the same applies to wideout Julian Edelman.
But will quarterback Tom Brady stay with the team for another season? TB12 is set to become a free agent in March, and he will have to make the biggest decision in his career. Will he re-sign with the Patriots? This is a tough decision especially if you take into consideration that Brady will be 43 in August.