Which players signed by Patriots have best chance to contribute in 2019?

Ryan Hannable
March 21, 2019 - 10:16 am
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The Patriots haven't exactly made a huge splash in free agency thus far.

They've signed multiple players, but more so depth and role players instead of truly impact players.

As of Thursday, the organization has signed six new players: tight end Matt LaCosse, defensive tackle Mike Pennel, wide receiver Maurice Harris, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, safety Terrence Brooks and running back Brandon Bolden.

At least a few of the players signed will be contributors to the 2019 team, and a good way to tell is by looking at the contracts they've received.

Pennel seems like the player to contribute the most, as he reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $8 million. He has base salaries of $1 million this year and $1.7 next, and then multiple playing-time incentives. The former Jets defensive tackle seems primed to team with Lawrence Guy as starters on the interior defensive line.

Bolden and Brooks are players pretty much guaranteed roster spots, as they reportedly signed a two-year deals worth a maximum of $4 million. Bolden is virtually a lock, as he's guaranteed to make $2 million in 2019, while Brooks has just over a million guaranteed.

Then there's LaCosse, Ellington and Harris, who need to earn roster spots since the team doesn't have much risk with them. LaCosse reportedly only has $200,000 guaranteed this season, while Harris and Ellington only have their signing bonuses locked in.

So, of the new players added expect Pennel, Bolden and Brooks to make the team come September, while the other three have some work cut out for them.

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