With the end of the NFL’s regular season, it’s time for teams who haven’t made the playoffs to plan their next steps.
For the first time since 2008 the New England Patriots are one of those teams and again they have to improve their wide receiver and tight end positions.
The Patriots may have found a rough diamond in Jakobi Meyers, and Damiere Byrd has shown some brilliance, but the receiving body needs an injection of talent.
With this in mind, B/W Gridiron has published a potential business package for a future Hall of Famer. If the BRG is up to something, the Patriots can bring in a player who could be the best catcher on the team since Randy Moss set records 13 years ago.
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Julio Jones with the Patriots?
When you start a business, you can jump up and down and still be practical. B/R Gridiron was looking for a new home for the future Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, and the Patriots are one of the teams that would have a reconstruction package for the Dirty Birds.
Take a look:
Commercial packages and seating for Julio Jones
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Will Jones have to give up a first choice in 2021 and a sixth choice in 2022? If we had to answer to who he is, what he does and his notoriety, you’d say yes. However, the patriots should get a superstar if they make it out with three designs.
Frankly, for the first time in his career, longevity became a problem for Jones. The 31-year-old missed five games in 2019 after missing only four in the previous six seasons together. Unless he performs a miracle in the last week of the season, Jones will miss 11 races without 1,000 meters for the first time since 2013.
Jones has an average of 85.7 meters touchdown this season. If he was healthy, he’d probably get this grade this year too. In the future, health should be part of every conversation. Jones has maybe four more years at a pretty high level (at best). The Patriots must let him play while he remains healthy for at least the next two seasons.
After the team swapped a second round draft pick last year to take over Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons and didn’t succeed, they might be less inclined to make another deal with a receiver. The contract of Jones also provides for a limit of $23 million in 2021, but this will be reduced until the end of the 2023 season or after the 2022 season if there is an option between the teams.
Less expensive options
There are other options the patriots might consider. Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears turned out to be an elite-receiver, but he never played as a top quarterback. So far it doesn’t look like the patriots have that on their list. But that doesn’t stop them from offering him a serious contract.
There is also Curtis Samuel of the Carolina Panthers or even Corey Brown of the Tennessee Titans who may be available. None of these guys see themselves in a position to get a $20 million a year contract, and since they are free agents, the patriots wouldn’t have to exchange designs.
The acquisition of Jones would be large for a number of reasons, but a smaller move would actually be best.
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