Nearly all of the big-ticket free-agents that have been connected with the Patriots have signed with other teams. Running back Matt Forte took up arms with the New York Jets, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will be catching passes from Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks signed with the Chicago Bears.
But for every big-ticket free-agent that signed with another team, there are two or more valuable contributors that can still be signed.
History tells us that the teams that win in March are not usually around to tell about their success in January. Yet, we continue to decry an offseason strategy that is geared toward minimizing that long-term risk without necessarily losing out on the short-term reward—if the Patriots can find someone to fill a role, without breaking the bank to do it.
Name the position of need, and there's a player who can help the Patriots in 2016.