Tom Brady’s not the only sought-after Patriots free agent

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One of the factors that’s supposedly significant to Tom Brady in his pending free agency is the cast of offensive talent around him.

His current team had problems putting passing targets in front of him last year, and now could be faced with an exodus on the offensive line.

According to Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com, the talk around the Scouting Combine is that Patriots guard Joe Thuney could command $14 million to $15 million per year in free agency. That could make him the highest-paid guard in the league, depending on where he falls in that range.

Thuney is No. 18 on PFT’s Free Agent Top 100, and the 12th ranked non-quarterback on that list.

Howe also reports significant interest in center Ted Karras, which could push him near $10 million a year. The Patriots are hoping that David Andrews returns from the blood clots that kept him off the field last year, so they may not get in a bidding war for Karras.

Of course, the Patriots are no strangers to losing offensive linemen in free agency, with Trent Brown (Raiders) and Nate Solder (Giants) departing on top deals the last two offseasons. So they might be able to adjust, but in the past, that adjustment was made knowing they had a certain quarterback out there to cover for other flaws on the roster.

13 responses to “Tom Brady’s not the only sought-after Patriots free agent

  1. Wow. Karras to 10 mil per? I mean, he did a nice job, but this would mean BB has to go heavy at OL in the draft because Andrews is probably the best Center in the league, who would be immediately underpaid if Karras got 10 mil per.

    Wow.

    For anyone claiming it’s all about Brady or whatever, you couldn’t be any more clueless.

    And, this proves once Wynn got in a LT last year, the O Line was just fine. Thuney is the best LG in the conference.

    Said it all along. BB fleeced the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones deal. That said, someone would be crazy to pay a Guard 14 mil per.

  2. Free agents on the Patriots have a choice to make… Continue to win with the Pats or get paid by another team and not win. We Pats fans want our FAs to stay, but bear them no ill will when they leave for the bucks.

  3. Hopefully Thuney and Karras send Dante Scarnecchia a nice thank you note after they cash their first paychecks. Can’t see the Patriots spending on either of those guys at the salaries they’re apparently commanding.

    There are other interesting names available as well. Van Noy is going to field a lot of offers and he’ll be pricey to retain. Do you think someone like Flores in Miami or Patricia in Detroit (still working on changing the team culture) might be willing to overpay for a McCourty, Slater, Ebner, etc? Could be more roster changes than normal in Foxboro beyond just QB.

  4. goodellisaclown says:
    February 28, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Hopefully Thuney and Karras send Dante Scarnecchia a nice thank you note after they cash their first paychecks. Can’t see the Patriots spending on either of those guys at the salaries they’re apparently commanding.

    There are other interesting names available as well. Van Noy is going to field a lot of offers and he’ll be pricey to retain. Do you think someone like Flores in Miami or Patricia in Detroit (still working on changing the team culture) might be willing to overpay for a McCourty, Slater, Ebner, etc? Could be more roster changes than normal in Foxboro beyond just QB.

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    Van Noy has already said he wants to get paid, so he’s gone. Another fleecing by BB. The guy was a JAG in Detroit as a 2nd rd pick and he should have been the starter for the AFC in the Pro Bowl at OLB opposite Von Miller. Van Noy plays as pure an OLB spot in the league.

    It’s the anti-PAts bias that makes this happen and then the player leaves, gets overpaid, and only then does the fan from another team claim BB doesn’t know what he’s doing as said team sinks into a cap hell. Rinse and repeat. lmao

    But, somehow Brady made BB and only Brady is what makes the Pats go. Quadruple LOL.

  5. Pats have a 3rd rnd OT and a 4th rnd guard from last yrs draft that were redshirted. Reports are positive that Andrews will be back. SMason and MCannon will be healthy. OLine is not a position of need, they just need a couple of minor pieces. They’ve done well with UFAs and low rnd pks at these positions as well. Thuney is outstanding, but 10 mil for Karras? Decent player, but OLine market is out of control

  6. tedmurph says:
    February 28, 2020 at 11:53 am
    Pats have a 3rd rnd OT and a 4th rnd guard from last yrs draft that were redshirted. Reports are positive that Andrews will be back. SMason and MCannon will be healthy. OLine is not a position of need, they just need a couple of minor pieces. They’ve done well with UFAs and low rnd pks at these positions as well. Thuney is outstanding, but 10 mil for Karras? Decent player, but OLine market is out of control

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    Agreed. It could be a position of strength very easily if Cajuset and Forholdt are healthy. Basically, if Scar has essentially signed off on an OL prospect, it’s very, very likely the right pick. It’s just that simple.

    Andrews returning is big, but they’re going to have to go Center in this draft in case Andrews starts looking for that big extension, which I don’t know why he wouldn’t if some bozo the clown team is honestly going to pay Karras 10 mil per. That’s preposterous, but this is a big reason why NE is in a SB and winning it every other season on average.

    This is it right here…It’s not just because BB has Brady as his QB. It’s because owners are stupid and they hire dumb GMs and coaches.

  7. More reason not to expect Tom back. Too many holes to fill. Paying him makes the Pats irrelevant for multiple years

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