With NFL free agency a week away, the New England Patriots need to decide who will lead them. With Tom Brady, a free agent for the first time, decisions need to be made. At 43 Brady passed for 4,000 yards and threw 24 touchdowns. His overall rating was 85%.In this post, we will review three free agents that would help the Patriots win their 7th Super Bowl under Bill Belichick.
With last week’s blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox fans are apprehensive. In 2019 they finished in third place at 84-78. Injuries to the starting pitching hindered any hope of repeating. Hopefully, Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy. In this post, we will examine three areas why the organization benefitted in the Mookie Betts trade. What The Red Sox receive In the Mookie Betts And David Price Trade Prospects Their is a saying in baseball that prospects mean nothing. This may be true with this trade. On the flip side, Dustin Pedroia’s career is over. The club has no real back up catcher behind Christian Vazquez. Kevin Plawecki was signed during the off_ season. Plawecki is a career 218 hitter spending time with the Mets and Indians. In return for Betts and Price, the Sox receive Catcher Connor Wong and infielder Jeter Downs. In three minor league seasons, Wong is a career 275 hitter. He has some pop with 48 home runs. Downs can play either shortstop or second base. In a couple of years, Downs could be the starting second baseman The third player Alex Verdugo is a fourth outfielder. In two seasons with the Dodgers, he is a career 282 hitter.
Cap Flexibility In 2019 the Red Sox had the highest payroll in baseball. Overall, the club spent 244 million dollars on David Price, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, and Stephen Pearce. All four players suffered season_ ending injuries. By moving Betts and Price, the Sox payrolls down to 193,000,000. Granted, the club has to pay 14,000,000 dollars of Prices contract. The deal does give the club some wiggle room to add another pitcher or two. Fresh Outlook If anything the Red Sox have a fresh outlook for the upcoming 2020 season. the 2019 team was heavily criticized for being non _likable. Pitcher David Price lashed out at broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. This did not sit well with fans and the media. If Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy, the club should be better in 2020 even without Betts. Looking Ahead With a new manager in Ron Roenicke and a healthy pitching staff the Red Sox should have a successful 2020. Depending on the outcome of the cheating scandal the Red Sox will move on from this grey cloud.
With, the Kansas City Chiefs NFL Champions, the Patriots need to retool. With Tom Brady’s career winding down, the Patriots have several holes to fill. In this post, we will evaluate the three positions they need to focus on this offseason. Why The Patriots Need To Hit A Grandslam This Off _Season. Quarterback With Tom Brady getting closer and closer to retiring a quarterback will be the radar. Georgia’s Jake Fromm could be available late in the first round. Known for his great pocket presence From is also challenges defences. Has average arm strength. Coming from a winning program/Georgia will help in earn a spot in the NFL
Jacob Eason, pf Washington may also be available late in the first round. Known for his deep passing, Eason led Washington to an 8-5 record in2019.
Free Agents If the Patriots do not draft a quarterback, then free agency may be an option. Notable quarterbacks available are MarcusMariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jacoby Brissett. Bridgewater is the best back for your buck at 27 years old. In 2019 Bridgewater threw for 13000 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Restructure The Offense Despite going 12-4 in 2019 there were many issues on offense. The receiving group was thin. Rookies NKeal Harry and Jacobi Meyers were learning the system. At times Brady showed his frustration by yelling at his teammate’s Wideout Phillip Dorsett showed flashes but saw his playing time decrease. Mohamed Sanu was acquired at the trade deadline but also, struggled to pick up the offense. If Tom Brady does return in 2020 then he needs protection in order for the team to win. Look for Belichick to draft a tackle in the early rounds. USC tack Austin Jackson would be a perfect fit. Guards Joe Thuney and Ted Karras are set to hit the open market. Veteran center Dave Andrews suffered a season_ ending illness. If he can return healthy, he would be a big boost to the line. Special Teams Early in the season kicker Stephen Gostkowski suffered a season_ending hip injury. Halfway through the season, the Patriots relied on Nick Folk. If Gostkowski does not return, then free agency may be an alternative. Kicker Kimi Fairbairn of Houston is available. The four_year veteran could be a bargain with a salary of 3,000,000. 2020, Outlook For the Patriots the future hinges on signing Tom Brady. The Patriots have 49,000,000 dollars in cap space . Drafting and signing receivers is priority number one. The Patriots need to find a tight end. Rob Gronkowski never returned. The 2020 offseason should be one of the most challenging ones in recent memory.