Between now and training camp, the Patriots will fill out their roster with what remains of the veteran free agent market. Recently they had running back Christine Michael in for a visit, despite having a bevy of players at that position.
At this point in the offseason, there are plenty of older veterans on the market looking for the right opportunity. Now that compensatory picks do not change hands for these players, they are now more likely to sign. Below are a few remaining veteran free-agents that may interest the Patriots.
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Darelle Revis, CB
A reunion with the former star corner back isn’t that far-fetched. The Patriots could still use a body at the corner back position and at the right price it could be Revis. He is not the corner back he was in his first stint with the Jets and he is not even who he was in 2014 with the Patriots. However, he is a smart, savvy veteran, who can still excel in a few areas despite losing a step.
Jason McCourty, CB
The other McCourty brother has been linked to the Patriots for some time now. Relegated to part-time duty with the Titans, McCourty would be a solid option as the slot corner for the Patriots. Just like Revis, he has been on the back-nine of his career but has aged a bit more gracefully. If available at similar prices, the Patriots would probably prefer McCourty.
Nick Mangold, C
Another former Jet could be had to fill a position of need. You can never have too many offensive lineman, and without much behind incumbent-starter David Andrews, signing Mangold to a team-friendly deal could be a steal. The seven-time pro-bowler played in only eight games for the Jets last season, his 11th in the NFL. If he can be signed to a one-year deal, its a no-brainer for the Patriots.
Gary Barnidge, TE
Why not, right? Barnidge was a touchdown machine for the Browns the past two-seasons. He compiled 11 touchdowns and 134 receptions in that time. If signed, Barnidge would likely slide right into the third tight-end spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. The eight-year veteran would provide Tom Brady with yet another weapon.
Elvis Dumervil, OLB
At this point in his career, the former Bronco and Raven has been relegated to situational duty. However, he still excels at rushing the passer. After a 17-sack season in 2014, Dumervil picked up six sacks in 2015 and three in a shortened 2016 season. If he has anything left in the tank he could add another element to the Patriots’ pass rush next season.