The New England Patriots now have almost $8 million in cap space and Bill Belichick needs to spend it wisely.
On Saturday, the New England Patriots settled their compensation grievances with Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez, which allowed them to recoup $6.55 million in cap space, bringing their total for 2020 to almost $8 million.
That’s not a whole lot, but the work head coach Bill Belichick has done with less is notable. This is the equivalent of like $15 million for him. And when you look at the current crop of free agents, there’s a lot of opportunity, especially after the signing of Cam Newton, which has propelled the Pats back into the Super Bowl conversation.
So what’s Belichick to do? Let’s explore three moves (both big and small) that would greatly benefit New England in 2020.
3. Sign Jason Peters for OL Depth
The Patriots should consider bringing former All-Pro Jason Peters to NE.
Too much offensive line help can never hurt, especially when you have a mobile quarterback like Newton entering the fold. Jason Peters may be old (this will be his age-38 season), but he still started 13 games on a playoff-bound Philadelphia Eagles team in 2019. The value he can bring to the table in terms of knowledge and experience is enough to justify this.
Peters has expressed that he still wants to play and has posted a few workout videos this offseason to prove he’s ready. After all, the Pats could use reliable help behind Isaiah Wynn, who has just eight NFL games under his belt after missing his entire rookie year and enduring injuries in 2019.
A seasoned vet like Peters, who started 29 games the last two seasons, would be a great addition to New England’s offensive front.