The most anticipated offseason decision in the NFL is whether or not Tom Brady decides to remain with the New England Patriots. The longtime quarterback of the Patriots is set to hit the open market and he’ll have a few options available.
Regardless of where Brady chooses to play, this is going to be an interesting offseason for New England. For the first time since 2009, the Patriots didn’t advance to the Conference Championship round and the franchise has already undergone changes.
Among them, Joe Judge — the team’s special teams coordinator — left to become the head coach of the New York Giants. Also, Dante Scarnecchia retired as the team’s offensive line coach after his second stint with the organization. Scarnecchia is highly touted as one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.
Besides Brady, the Patriots have quite a few notable players that are also impending free agents. The other marquee free agents include Devin McCourty, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Matthew Slater.
As the offseason nears, New England is expected to have somewhere around $44 million in cap space, per Spotrac. For the Patriots to be able to re-sign Brady and better their roster, they will need to create more wiggle room financially. Provided that, here is one player that could be a surprising roster for the Patriots this offseason.
Before the 2019 season, everyone assumed that New England would desperately miss Rob Gronkowski in the offense. Of course, Gronkowski chose to retire from the NFL following the 2018 season.
Those people were right as the Patriots noticeably lacked playmakers outside of Julian Edelman. Ahead of the trade deadline, New England tried to address the wide receiver position by acquiring Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons.
In the trade, the Patriots sacrificed a second-round pick to land the veteran wideout. At first, Sanu seemed perfectly tailored for Josh McDaniels’ offense with how versatile he is. But it became evident that Sanu was no longer the wide receiver he once was.
With the Patriots, Sanu recorded 26 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Those numbers become even more peculiar when you consider that he had 10 receptions, 81 yards, and one touchdown in one game.
By the start of next season, Sanu will be 31-years-old and will carry a cap hit of $6.5 million. While that number isn’t out of this world, the Patriots can choose to move on from Sanu quite easily.
Despite surrendering a second-round pick for him, Sanu doesn’t seem to be a long-term solution to New England’s problems. If the Patriots chose to release the former Falcons wide receiver, he wouldn’t induce a dead-cap penalty.
The upcoming offseason is going to paint a picture of what New England could look like in the coming years. Amid the awaited decision of Brady, the Patriots could surprisingly move on from Sanu after just half a season with the franchise.