The New England Patriots lost a few players in free agency. Some of these players had a key role on the roster. Head coach Bill Belichick has to find a replacement and it seems like he is fine with the current roster. The Patriots entered the regular season with a few major needs on the table, but they were able to bring an offensive lineman back in the fold.
Patriots fans couldn’t even imagine seeing Trent Brown put on a different jersey. The veteran re-signed with the team and Brad Spielberger says this was the ultimate move in the offseason.
“Brown’s return on a team-friendly deal has some added value with the continuity he provides,” Spielberger stated. “Brown earned career-best 78.7 overall grade and 81.2 pass-blocking grade in 2021, and the Patriots’ AFC East foes will now line up with edge defenders Von Miller, Melvin Ingram III and Carl Lawson in addition to several young pass-rushers each has drafted in recent years.
“Last but certainly not least, Brown has the ability to play both tackle spots, and his two-year deal extending beyond left tackle Isaiah Wynn’s fifth-year option season in 2022 is not a coincidence. Brown can slide over in the event of an injury and adds leverage in negotiations with the former first-rounder entering a contract year.”
Patriots motivate the offensive lineman to lose weight
Brown is getting a new deal with the team and the Patriots made a much needed move. The big man will get a lot of money through his deal with the Patriots, but he will have to lose some weight.
This is a huge motivation for Brown and he seems to support it. Brown appeared on the Pat McAfee Show last month and discussed his weight and the new deal with the Patriots. Truth is, this has nothing to do with the money. Brown will try to stay healthy and extend his career. It may be a big challenge, but he has already accepted it.
“For sure. I’ve gotta get this money,” Brown joked. “(But) not even just for the money part, but just longevity and extending my career and just accepting the challenge of being great for myself, my family, my team, and my (offensive line) room. And being able to lead properly in my offensive line room. You can’t lead if you’re not doing everything that you can do to be in on the field week in and week out.”