This is the second half of the post looking into the Patriots off-season needs going into next season. While most of the needs will probably be filled through the draft, it’s still good to see who’s out there in the free agent market. Looking at the fact that the Patriots defense was a little lacking, especially in the secondary, the Patriots are going to be looking into signing a new safety and at least one corner. Here’s a look at the free agents available this off-season.

Safeties and Corners– With the secondary being the weakest part of the Patriots defense this is an obvious choice. The Patriots need to find another corner to complement Devin McCourty. Ras-I Dowling may be that guy, but we won’t know until training camp. Safety has been a huge problem all year, too. James Ihedigbo is not an every down safety and is suspect to injury. By strengthening the secondary the defense should solve their problem of not being able to stop opposing offenses on 3rd and long, which is especially concerning.

Safeties

Michael Griffin

RecordedĀ  75 tackles and 2 interceptions last season. Didn’t have the greatest contract year which may mean that the Titans will be willing to let him walk if their not close on a deal. Griffin has good range and is a play maker in the secondary, something the Patriots have been lacking.

 

 

 

 

LaRon Landry

This guy is an absolute beast but can’t stay on the field. Depending on how his achilles is healing the Redskins might decide that he isn’t worth resigning. This could be a steal for the Patriots if he is healthy.

 

Dashon Goldson

Even though the 49ers will probably resign him, Dashon Goldson might be worth the Patriots looking into. With 6 interceptions this season, he has good ball skills in the secondary. He is also a big hitter in the secondary, but might not be worth bringing in due to past behavior problems.

Corners

Carlos Rogers

With both Carlos Rogers and Dashon Goldson going into free agency, the 49ers have a tough decision to make during the off-season. There’s a very good chance that one of these two guys is going to hit the free agent market. Rogers had 44 tackles and 6 interceptions as part of the NFL’s best defense. If either one of these guys hits the market the Patriots should seriously consider making an offer.

 

Cortland Finnegan

Undersized and dirty is how most would describe Finnegan. I would describe him as the perfect Patriots player. The Titans don’t seem in any hurry to sign Finnegan to a long-term deal, so he may end up available.

 

Like I said before, trying to predict what the Patriots will do in the off-season is pretty much impossible. Who knows they could go heavy in the draft and not get any of these guys. This is just a small portion of the guys available at WR, DE, S, and CB going into the off-season that the Patriots have to choose from. Many teams going into the off-season such as the Redskins, Giants and Falcons have multiple big name free agents and most likely will not be able to sign them all. Either way there is enough talent out there, through the draft and free agency, to allow the Patriots to fill a good number off holes on both sides of the ball.

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