The New England Patriots’ core is one of the NFL’s best, but what they did in the offseason might have put them over the top.
Bill Belichick always talks about doing what’s best for the team, and that usually includes a mix of short- and long-term vision. However, it’s pretty clear that this offseason’s moves signaled a team that was going for it.
So far, the results are pretty darn good.
New England still has a lot to do before it can hoist the Lombardi Trophy, but if the Patriots are able to win the Super Bowl, their offseason moves will be a big reason. Former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham at FootballByFootball.com looked at those transactions and how they’ve helped put the club in this position.
The biggest move, Chatham writes, was letting Aqib Talib walk and signing Darrelle Revis.
The Patriots decided to pass on Talib’s number. Instead, they got the real thing, as well as the right to in-house evaluate the merits of offering a long-term deal for one of the highest-paid positions in the game.
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