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Grading New England Patriots' Free-Agency Plan so Far

Grading New England Patriots' Free-Agency Plan so Far

Thursday March 16th, 2017 - New England Patriots Tickets

The 2017 offseason so far has pretty much been business as usual for the New England Patriots.

While the flurry of trades to open the new league year might have caught some by surprise, it's really just another example of how the Patriots do things their own way.

Sure, New England traded away its first- and second-round draft picks to strengthen the team, but does that really matter? The Patriots dynasty has never been one built on high draft picks.

What matters is that the Patriots have a new deep threat in Brandin Cooks, a standout defender in Kony Ealy and a young second tight end in Dwayne Allen.

Oh, and the Patriots added a Pro Bowl corner in Stephon Gilmore and managed to retain star linebacker Dont'a Hightower, per ESPN.

On paper, the Patriots appear to be an even more dangerous team than they were last season, and they still have April's draft with which to add talent—but has every move been a winner? Well, that's precisely what we're going to try determining here.

We'll be examining the major offseason moves the Patriots have made so far and attaching a letter grade to each.

 

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