The NFL’s 2017 league Cheap jersey wholesale year (think of it as football’s version of a fiscal year) begins this Thursday, March 9, at precisely 4 p.m. Eastern. At that time, teams are allowed to begin signing veteran free agents, making trades with other clubs, and conducting other such business that was precluded heretofore in the offseason.
As reigning Super Bowl champions, the Patriots could be active participants in free agency with more than $60 million available to them below this coming year’s salary cap, which was initially set at $167 million per team, but increased to $172 million for the Patriots when they carried over an unused portion of 2016 cap space.
New England also has a number of needs at various positions that could be addressed via the free agent market. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at who might be of interest to the Patriots, position-by-position, starting on the offensive side of the ball.
I don’t see the Patriots seeking help New England Patriots Jerseys at guard after having drafted two players at that position in each of the past two seasons. However, center and tackle could receive some attention.
Ricky Wagner: At 27, Wagner is an experienced starter, having held down the right tackle spot nearly all of the past four years in Baltimore. While New England is set at that position with Marcus Cannon, it wouldn’t surprise me if Wagner were given consideration. The Patriots might like a less expensive alternative at left tackle, where Nate Solder is scheduled to earn $11 million this season. Cannon has played on both sides and could be moved back there if New England chose to experiment by bringing in an established veteran of starting caliber, like Wagner.
Mangold is an experienced veteran who would start for almost any team in the NFL.
Matt Kalil: Though a hip injury curtailed his 2016 season, the former first-round draft choice had been a stalwart at left tackle for Minnesota the previous four seasons. Solder’s been a solid left tackle for years, but if the team wants to challenge him, Kalil could be an option.
Nick Mangold: Easily the most talented Cheap nfl Jerseys center without a home at the moment after the Jets released him (officially with a failed physical), Mangold is an experienced veteran who would start for almost any team in the NFL. While a long-shot to join his long-time rivals in Foxborough, a Mangold addition would provide a serious challenge to young incumbent David Andrews.
Joe Hawley: The 28-year-old started nearly every game for Tampa Bay the past two seasons after beginning his career with Atlanta, where he rarely saw action.
Cody Wallace: Journeyman (late of Pittsburgh) coming off an injury is just the kind of player the Patriots love to acquire and see if they can squeeze anything out of him. Read