Should Ed Reed be let go by the Ravens, the veteran safety would immediately jump to the forefront of the Patriots’ offseason plans. Bill Belichick is a known admirer of the 34-year-old safety, and addressing a weak secondary is the team’s No. 1 priority over the next few months.
Dwight Freeney was an animal at defensive end back in his heyday with the Indianapolis Colts, and the Pats would love to see the pass-rushing extraordinaire don the Flying Elvis. Though his production has declined over the past two seasons and he’s no longer a lock to pile up double-digit sack totals, the seven-time Pro Bowler can still fill New England’s desire for an additional edge rusher.
On the offensive side, the Patriots have a void to fill at the wide receiver position, and the market boasts several intriguing possibilities. Mike Wallace is a free agent for the first time after struggling through a difficult and disappointing final season in Pittsburgh, and he could thrive in a new environment while providing the Patriots with the legitimate deep threat they so desire. Dwayne Bowe also saw his production dip in his sixth season in Kansas City and is likely to test the market this offseason. The big-bodied wideout could be a dangerous weapon as part of New England’s potent passing offense.