Patriots May Release $22 Million Free Agent Signing

The New England Patriots may soon release one of the better free agent options they had on the roster in 2022. Head coach Bill Belichick spent a lot of money last offseason, trying to get the best players on the market. Nelson Agholor was a top option, but he wasn’t a good fit for the team. The Patriots gave him a two-year deal worth $22 million.

What’s next on the list? Maurice Moton was among the first to discuss Agholor’s future with the team. According to him, the Patriots will cut Agholor and save under $5 million. Yes, this amount won’t help the team get a superstar, but it will definitely give the Patriots enough flexibility for the offseason. Belichick can always get a few unsigned players late in the season.

Agholor struggled to make an impact with the team despite his great stats. Will the Patriots even try to keep him around? They traded for DeVante Parker and picked TyQuan Thornton.

Patriots to release their free agent to save money

Evan Lazar from CLNS Media believes that Agholor could be the third option behind other Patriots receivers.

“But based on what we’ve seen in two open practices, the early-front runners to dominate reps at wide receiver in 11-personnel are DeVante Parker (X), Kendrick Bourne (Z), and Jakobi Meyers (slot),” Lazar wrote. “That means Nelson Agholor is currently the fourth wide receiver backing up Parker, while second-round pick Tyquan Thornton isn’t in the conversation yet.

“Insurance for Parker is needed given his extensive injury history. But Agholor’s $14.9 million cap hit for a fourth receiver stands out as something the team might take a long look at down the road if Thornton begins to catch on in training camp. New England would save $9.06 million against the salary cap if they can find a trade partner for Agholor, while they’ll save $4.06 million if they cut the veteran wideout.”

Belichick got Agholor with a great plan. He wanted to get the best of his experience. Did it work?

I don’t think so. It’s a tough situation.