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5 free agents who remain available for Patriots to potentially sign

Ryan Hannable
May 04, 2018 - 10:18 am

Free agency and the NFL draft have come and gone, but that doesn't mean teams are done finalizing rosters for the 2018 season.

Although options are limited, there are still several solid options available on both sides of the ball for the Patriots and other teams to choose from. New England still could certainly upgrade the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the front-seven.

Here are five free agents the Patriots could still sign to their roster.

Connor Barwin, OLB - Barwin played last season with the Rams and finished with 26 tackles and five sacks, but Pro Football Focus was very down on him. It rated him as the second-to-worst outside linebacker in the league. Now over 30 years old, Barwin certainly isn't going to replicate his 14.5 sacks with the Eagles in 2014, but it would seem he can still be a contributor. With the Patriots, he wouldn't be asked to play every down as he would likely be in a rotation, which could actually benefit the 31-year-old.

Jonathan Casillas, LB - Casillas knows the Patriots' system after spending the 2014 season in New England following a mid-season trade and being part of the Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks. He even took a visit to the team this offseason, so the team has a good idea of what he can do. If no other linebackers are added between now and the start of training camp, and Casillas remains unsigned, don't be surprised if the Patriots bring him in and see how he fits into the mix.

Junior Galette, DE - There are some big question marks with him -- both off the field and with injuries on the field. He was suspended for two weeks in 2015 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy as a result of a domestic violence incident when he was with the Saints earlier in his career. In addition, last April he was arrested for suspicion of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with police officers, so clearly there are issues away from the field. He also missed all of 2016 with an Achilles injury, but bounced back with a solid 2017 campaign. Galette has multiple double-digit sack seasons, so if the Patriots are OK with all his baggage, it may be worth signing him to a one-year deal.

Delvin Breaux, CB -- Although cornerback doesn't seem to be a need, maybe another veteran at the position wouldn't be the worst thing. Breaux took a free agent visit back in March. The 28-year-old had a promising rookie season in 2015 with the Saints, recording 45 total tackles and three interceptions. Things didn't go as planned from there, as he missed 10 games in 2016 with a fractured fibula and due to a misdiagnosis he had to undergo surgery, which caused him to miss all of last season. If the Patriots think they need another veteran at the position, Breaux could be the guy.

Dez Bryant, WR - Although it's a huge long-shot, Bryant is still worth putting on the list. If he doesn't get the money he's looking for from other teams and reasonable money ($4-6 million) is on the table, then maybe the Patriots take a shot on him with a one-year, prove it deal. While the Patriots receiving room is quite crowded, if a talent like Bryant could be added, the Patriots would find a way to make it work. We don't see it happening, but as always with the Patriots, never say never.

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