The New England Patriots generated a huge amount of headlines for their free agency acquisitions on offense, with tight ends Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry and Nelson Agholor. But there were a few defensive signings where New England spent big, with edge Matthew Judon and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux joining the team.
Judon, who played on the franchise tag, is a well-known player with a Pro Bowl nod. His contract made sense. But Godchaux’s deal, at two years and $15 million (with $9 million guaranteed), was surprising. New England clearly felt he was a good fit.