2017 Patriots Hopefuls
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DE Ealy a 6í4, 275 pound is 25 years old and was the Panthers 2nd round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Patriots are sending the 64th overall pick to the Panthers in exchange for the 72nd overall pick in the third round, per ESPNís Field Yates. Play well in Super Bowl.
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Dont'a Hightower Signed
By trading away Chandler Jones and Collins, along with the lack of depth at linebacker, the Patriots will likely do whatever it takes to keep the Alabama product in Foxboro.
The Jets really, really wanted Hightower ... before his physical. Their offer was $1.25 million per year better than what he wound up receiving from the Patriots. In the end, though, the Jets wouldn't have signed him because of their concerns about the physical.
Duron Harmon -- Signed
It's also worth noting playing along side McCourty likely benefits him and would make it more appealing for him to re-sign with the team.
Chris Long -- GONE If Long wants to play another season, which he says he does, New England would be the perfect fit for him once again. Long seemed to enjoy his first year with the team this past year and he would be in a similar role again by being in a rotation at the defensive end spot. This seems like another one-year contract for Long with the hope of winning another championship.
LeGarrette Blount -- Based on Blount's production this past season and with the team in the past, New England would welcome him back for 2017 on another one-year deal. There hasn't been much of a market for Blount in the past, and even though he had a monster year this year, it's hard to see a team that would want to make a hard run at the 30-year-old, but you never know. Putting up 18 touchdowns this season could be enough for a team to give Blount a multi-year offer, and if that is the case, the Patriots likely would be out.
Editor's Note: 5/17/17
James Develin -- The Brown product has built a great relationship with the organization over the years and appears likely to return on a one or two-year deal for short money. Develin's toughness is valued with the team and it was shown in 2015 just how valuable he is when it comes to the running game.
COULD GO EITHER WAY
Martellus Bennett GONE -- Bennett had a great first season in New England, especially when it came to displaying toughness. It's hard to predict what the market will be like for the 29-year-old, but our best guess would be he will have a good amount of money thrown his way. He certainly has value to the Patriots, but if it costs them anymore than $5 million, which he got paid this year, they likely are out.
Logan Ryan Gone Signed with Tenn -- This will be interesting, as Ryan is one of the most underrated defenders in the NFL. The Patriots would love to have their No. 2 cornerback back in 2017, but the 26-year-old will likely have a good amount of money thrown his way from other teams and it might be hard to refuse. If Ryan gets paid like a top cornerback then he will be gone, but if he doesn't get offered as much as many expect him to, he likely will come back to New England, a place he loves.
Michael Floyd -- By all accounts, Floyd was a good member of the team for his two month stay, but was it enough to get him a contract from the team for 2017? It was noteworthy that he wasn't active for the final two playoff games. That, along with spending 120 days in jail for his DUI arrest, could play a role in whether or not the Patriots re-sign him. As of now, don't expect Floyd to return to the Patriots next season.
Alan Branch Back-- This one depends on how much money Branch can get on the open market. The team would love to have him return, but it certainly won't be willing to give the 32-year-old a big-money deal. The defensive tackle also appears to like playing in New England, so he would likely welcome a return, as well. If the price is right, Branch certainly will be back.
Brandon Bolden -- Bolden is an interesting one, as he seemed to lose his value as a running back this past season and how many strictly special teams players can a team have? The 27-year-old could find himself on another team next season just because of his lack of value to the Patriots besides on special teams. Although it wouldn't be a complete shock to see him return just because of how much Bill Belichick values the unit.
LIKELY WILL BE GONE
Jabaal Sheard GONE -- The defensive end will be a free agent after his two-year deal with the Patriots that certainly had its ups and downs. Overall, it was a productive two seasons as he was used in a rotation at the defensive end spot. For Sheard, he likely will want to play for a team where he wouldn't be part of a rotation and thus get more playing time. For that reason, he likely will be playing elsewhere in 2017.
Barkevious Mingo Special Teams GONE -- Mingo was strictly just a contributor on special teams after coming over via trade from the Browns this year. It would seem the former first-round pick will want to play somewhere else so he can be more than just a special teams player. Being 26 years old, there will likely a few teams out there that still believe they can get something out of the former No. 6 overall pick.
Sebastian Vollmer -- Released The right tackle missed the entire 2016 season due to injury and being 32 years old, it seems likely he will be retiring. It's also worth nothing he was seen during Super Bowl week and he lost a signifiant amount of weight, another sign that he intends on retiring.
Greg Scruggs -- Coming off a season-ending knee injury, it doesn't seem likely the Patriots, or any team or that matter, will want to offer him a contract until he can prove he's fully healthy.
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Daftr Related Trades
WR Cook pats send send their No. 32 overall selection in this year's draft as well as their No. 103 choice to the Saints. In return, they'll acquire Cooks and the No. 118 pick from New Orleans.
Ealy a 6í4, 275 pound
is 25 years old and was the
2nd round pick in the 2014
The Patriots are
64th overall pick
to the Panthers in exchange for the 72nd overall pick in the third round,
per ESPNís Field Yates. Play well in Super Bowl.They
They added an experienced pass-rusher at the bargain-basement salary of
$803,660 in exchange for an eight-spot move down the draft board.
Mayock praised the overall defensive back class ai deep, saying starting-caliber cornerbacks will be available into the fourth round. As for safeties, he said it's not "sexy" to talk about the position (Malik Hooker or Jamal Adams could be top 10 picks), but there are a lot of quality "matchup" players at that position, as well. a guy that would have to be interesting to New England is Obi Melifonwu from Connecticut. He's 6-foot-4, 219 [pounds], and he's probably going to run sub-4.5, and if he runs in that range. Lorenzo Jerome of Saint Francis. And what he runs this week is going to be important. But I think he can play both safety positions, and he's really, really a good football player. Des King, a corner from Iowa that I think is going to be a nickel or safety. I like Kevin King from Washington, a corner that can play some free safety and I like Chidobe Awuzie from Colorado also a corner that who might be better off as a safety."
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The Picks from patriots.com
1. DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown St.
PAUL PERILLO, PATRIOTS FOOTBALL WEEKLY
2. OT Antonio Garcia, Troy
MIKE REISS, ESPN
"Dan Feeney, a guard/center from Indiana, went to Los Angeles with the 71st overall pick in the draft. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots were set to take Feeney with the 72nd overall pick.
With Feeney off the board, the Patriots traded down, sending the 72nd pick to Tennessee for the 83rd and 124th overall picks."
3. DE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas
JOSH LISKIEWITZ, PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS
OT Conor McDermott, UCLA
JOSH LISKIEWITZ, PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS
Free Agent Signings
WR Cody Hollister (Arkansas)
WR Austin Carr (Northwestern)
RB LeShun Daniels (Iowa)
TE Jacob Hollister (Wyoming)
OT Cole Croston (Iowa)
OT Andrew Jelks (Vanderbilt)
OT Max Rich (Harvard)
G Jason King (Purdue)
DE Corey Vereen (Tennessee)
DT Adam Butler (Vanderbilt
DB Dwayne Thomas (Louisiana State)
DB Kenny Moore (Valdosta State)
DB David Jones (Richmond)
LB Ellis Brooks (Arkansas)
LB Harvey Langi (BYU) $100,000 base salary, and $15,000 signing bonus
CB D.J. Killings (Central Florida)