New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent a lot of money these days. 2020 was a disappointing season for the team as the Patriots struggled on both ends of the ball. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade and this was the best motivation Belichick had to revamp his roster. He added a bunch of talented players in the first days of free agency, including Jonnu Smith and Henry Hunter. According to recent reports, the Patriots plan to sign an Ohio State star.
Raekwon McMillan seems like a good addition.
The Miami Dolphins selected the former all-conference defender in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. They sent him to the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 and he worked with Jon Gruden.
Patriots want to sign the Ohio State star for a reason
McMillan was a starter for the Dolphins for two seasons. He had just four starts in 16 appearances with the team and provided 27 total tackles and a forced fumble. McMillan started 29 games for Miami in 2018-19 and offered 105 tackles and five tackles for loss in his first campaign. The talented player missed the 2017 NFL season due to a preseason injury.
McMillan is not the top option for the Patriots and he is not considered a game-changer. However, he is an excellent defender and the Patriots need that. We all know that Belichick appreciates his Ohio State players. McMillan will join Rashod Berry, Devin Smith, and John Simon as former Buckeyes player on Belichick’s roster.
This is one of the many signings the Patriots agreed to these days. They strengthened the defensive side of the ball. McMillan will join a group that features Kyle Van Noy. The veteran will re-sign with the Patriots after spending an entire season with the Miami Dolphins. Van Noy was a Patriot from 2016-2019.
Matt Judon was the first great linebacker addition for the team. New England added power to the front seven with linemen Henry Anderson and Montravius Adams. Smith and Henry are here to boost the line. Wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne will do their wonders on the field.