NFL Free Agency isn't over yet for the New England Patriots, but we're already at the end of March and it's time to give them a grade thus far. The Patriots fell short in the Super Bowl and with a few key additions they will look to climb back on top of the NFL.
This grade includes trades, retirements, signings, re-signings, and releases. With that in mind, here's our offseason grade for the Patriots.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill, DE Adrian Clayborn, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton
The Patriots love finding players they can use in multiple ways and adding special teams standout Cordarelle Patterson will allow New England to do just that. The Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis this offseason and Mike Gillislee was a fail in 2017, so adding JeremyHilll to the backfield will provide some needed depth. The Patriots struggled to force pressure on quarterbacks last year so adding Clayborn and Shelton should help keep the defense fresh.
OT Cameron Fleming, OT Nate Solder, RB Dion Lewis, WR Danny Amendola, CB Johnson Bademosi
The Patriots lost Solder who protected quarterback Tom Brady's blindside, which may be the second most important position on the field. Not having a reliable option in Danny Amendola will hurt the Patriots offense, but hopefully, a healthy Julian Edelman will be able to help.
Grade: C +
The Patriots signings weren't flashy like last offseason. The Patriots needed to improve their defense which they accomplished but lost a few key pieces on offense in the process. The three trades the Patriots made were all solid moves, but losing the man who protects Brady's blind side is the reason for the grade.