5 free agents still available Patriots should target

Ryan Hannable
March 21, 2019 - 12:24 pm

While the top players have pretty much signed at this point, there is still a lot of work left to be done for teams as they build their rosters for 2019.

Specific to the Patriots, they still have a few needs to fill even before the draft, most notably at wide receiver, defensive line and offensive tackle.

With that in mind, here are five players who would make a lot of sense for the Patriots (spoiler: it’s not great).

WR Jordy Nelson- He’s probably the best player available specific to the Patriots. In Oakland last year, he hauled in 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns. At 33 years old, he likely has a few years left and it makes sense to go to a contender. The offense he ran in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers is somewhat similar to what Tom Brady likes in terms of timing routes, so he seems like a decent fit.

WR Dontrelle Inman- Inman is arguably the best receiver left besides Nelson, as he shined in the second half of the season with the Colts. Overall, in 15 games he caught 28 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. The 30-year-old wouldn’t be as safe of a signing as Nelson, but it certainly makes some sense.

EDGE Nick Perry- The versatile player was let go by the Packers to save some money against the cap, but he’s proven he can be an effective pass-rusher. The one thing to note is he’s battled injuries the past few seasons, so likely won’t get a multi-year deal. That would likely benefit the Patriots, though.

DL Darius Philon- New England still needs to replace Malcom Brown and likely Danny Shelton and the 25-year-old seems like the best player on the market right now to do so. The former Cardinals lineman recorded four sacks last season and has the potential to slide right in as a starter. He potentially could be too expensive, which is something to monitor.

OT Josh Wells- The Patriots need to try and find an insurance policy for Isaiah Wynn at left tackle and there really aren’t many options available. The 28-year-old had some experience at the position last year with Jacksonville. There just aren’t many left tackles remaining, so the Patriots may need to rely on someone internally, such as Cole Croston.

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