Patriots go out of character with a first-day free-agency move

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The Patriots rarely spend early and heavily in free agency. They’ve done it now.

By giving tight end Jonnu Smith a four-year, $50 million deal with $31.25 million fully guaranteed, the Pats are spending cash and cap space to fill a position of significant need.

Already, the Patriots have moved to upgrade a group of weapons that, for quarterback Cam Newton, was subpar, to say the least. It will be interesting to see what they do next, especially at the receiver position.

Although many have relegated the Patriots to the status of middle of the pack, they were 7-9 last year, and they aren’t far from contending. The Smith deal shows they’re not content to wait.

15 responses to “Patriots go out of character with a first-day free-agency move

  1. they don’t normally make a splash because they’re not normally $65M under the cap at the start of free agency.

  2. If they can deck out the weapons on offense (and get some of their defensive hold outs from covid-19 back on board) maybe the Bills will a tougher time taking the division. It’ll be fun to watch.

  3. Very good move by the Pats. TE was a major problem the last few years since Gronk left.

  4. Well they were thoroughly embarrassed last year and probably humbled. They need to make a splash this year.

  5. The Titans will have a better record in 2021. Glad we didn’t pay that much. He is a good player, now he’s rich too.

  6. They do have loads of cap room, so it makes sense. The Jonnu Smith deal is a bit nuts though. He does not deserve that type of TE money considering the Kettle and Kelce contracts.

  7. Good player, but not worth that money. Love watching the Patriots overpay out of desperation.

  8. Good player, but not worth that money. Love watching the Patriots overpay out of desperation.

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    Belichick is cornered.

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