Can Patriots Improve in AFC East with Free Agents?

Can Patriots Improve in AFC East with Free Agents?
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The New England Patriots once again are going into another offseason looking to rebuild their roster through free agency. With more than $32 million in cap space, the Patriots are expected to be active in free agency once again as they look to try to catch up with the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East.

BetMassachusetts.com - a great source for the best Massachusetts sports betting promos - is focusing on the Patriots as they head into the important free agency period. We also will select free agents who succeeded or failed for New England as well as take an early glance at odds for the team in 2023.

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Where Patriots Need Help

Patriots fans and folks in a state with now-legal Massachusetts sportsbooks know that making up ground in the AFC East is going to be difficult to accomplish, especially since the Patriots have several big-name free agents scheduled to hit the open market later this month. 

The top name who could leave is wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who might be the best receiver on the open market. Over the last three seasons, Meyers has caught 201 passes for the Patriots and has totaled 2,406 yards. With New England already lacking weapons for quarterback Mac Jones, Meyers is a player they can ill afford to lose in free agency. While you can't bet on this at Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts, you will be able to place team futures bets soon.

Another player who could be on his way out is running back Damien Harris, who fell out of favor a bit during the 2022 season. Harris had more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving combined in 2021 and scored 15 touchdowns before losing his starting job to Rhamondre Stevenson. However, Harris is only 26 years old and has seen fewer than 500 touches in the NFL, so don't be surprised if he gets a nice pay raise in free agency.

New England must improve its offensive line in free agency as that was one of the biggest weak spots on the team last season. It doesn't appear that they will re-sign former first-round pick Isaiah Wynn, which leaves a hole at left tackle. Orlando Brown Jr. from the Kansas City Chiefs could be an option if he becomes available as the Patriots have the cap space to make him the NFL's highest-paid offensive tackle. 

If the Patriots want to go for a cheaper option, the recently released Taylor Lewan would make some sense on a one-year deal. He hasn't been able to stay healthy over the last few seasons, but he is a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle when he plays. For that reason alone, expect the Patriots to be interested. New England also can move Trent Brown to left tackle, but that would mean they would need to add a right tackle in free agency. Mike McGlinchey of the 49ers would make some sense, too, if the Patriots wanted a road-grading offensive tackle. 

The other position the Patriots need to upgrade this off-season is wide receiver. Even if Meyers returns, New England needs to add more juice to its offense. The expectation is that Agholor won’t return, which means they need to add another receiver who can bring speed to the offense. Mecole Hardman could be an option, as well as Parris Campbell from the Colts. Look for the Patriots to add at least one veteran receiver to the unit this off-season. 

New England is pretty set on defense, but they could also add more depth in the secondary. But expect the Patriots to use most of their cap space to improve the offense as that side of the ball needs the most work. Once again, the Patriots should be extremely active in free agency with a ton of money available for them to spend.

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Patriots and Free Agency

BetMassachusetts.com – your home to reviews of the best Massachusetts sports betting apps - looks at some previous maneuvers in free agency by the New England Patriots.

Free Agent Hits

PlayerPositionYear Signed
🏈 Matt JudonDE2021
🏈 Jalen MillsCB2021

 

Free Agent Misses

PlayerPositionYear Signed
🏈 Jonnu SmithTE2021
🏈 Nelson AgholorWR2021

 

What Do Oddsmakers Expect from 2023 Patriots?

So, what are the Patriots playoff chances in 2023?

A look at FanDuel will not bolster the hopes of Patriots’ fans. The Patriots (+700) are last in the division behind the Buffalo Bills (+100), New York Jets (+250) and Miami Dolphins (+430).

The Patriots are +6000 to win the Super Bowl, which is tied for 23rd among the NFL’s 32 teams.

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For additional info on odds for the upcoming, visit our New England Patriots odds page. 

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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for BetMassachusetts.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts the Locked On Cowboys Podcast.

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