The NFL free agency period starts today at 4PM. I don’t know about you but I really want the Patriots to make a huge splash. Like after they lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship and they grabbed Adalius Thomas, traded for Randy Moss, and traded for Wes Welker.
The team needs to stop with their scrub off the street signings. Make a splash in free agency. Pay someone to come to New England.
The team has a few holes. Safety, wide receiver, and defensive line (arguable). So they should go out and sign Mario Williams from the Texans, Mike Wallace from the Steelers, and LaRon Landry from the Redskins.
Of those three Landry is the only real possibility. He’s had injury problems that may devalue him in the open market but in a market where safety is a very thin position after franchise tags were assigned to the top players, the Pats may have to overpay to get him and we all know Belichick doesn’t overpay.
Mario Williams is a pipe dream. Personally I’d like to see him on the edge for the next ten years, I’ve resigned myself to it not happening.
Which brings us to the wideouts.
I want Mike Wallace. I think he’s worth the draft pick you’d have to give up to get him. Since the Pats already have two draft picks in the first round that they’d likely trade anyways, why not go for the top wideout available. He’s only 25 and he’s a game changer. He’d change your offense immediately.
But the team is more likely to go after Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd is five years older than Wallace, has an injured past, and has been dealt multiple times. But it was his success in Josh McDaniels offense that makes many think he’d be a fit with the Pats. I don’t like it. Sure 30 is his prime but if the deal has any length, he’ll be useless in a few years.
I really don’t want the Pats to fall into my doghouse like the Sox, but being complacent will certainly draw my ire. They need to make at least one big splash in free agency. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see.