Money Flying in Foxborough
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are on a mission. They just watched their two former stars in Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski win a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. Everyone always said that Belichick needed Brady and Brady needed Belichick, but only one of those assumptions turned out to be true.
Without Belichick, we all saw what Brady was able to accomplish. Without Brady, Belichick had to make due with former NFL MVP, Cam Newton. The Cam Newton in New England experiment looked like it could bear fruit early on in the 2020 season. However, after Cam went down with Covid-19, the rest of the season was a complete disaster for Belichick and the Patriots. That made the Brady and Gronk Super Bowl in Tampa all the more punishing for Belichick and the Patriots. Like salt in an open wound to say the least.
Watching his former quarterback and tight end tandem team up in Florida and win it all made Belichick feel some type of way. This was made evident by his money he and the Patriots brass have tossed around at the outset of NFL Free Agency earlier this week. After re-signing Cam Newton to a 1-year deal, the Patriots worked vigorously to surround him with weapons. Here is a list of the Free Agents signed by the Patriots since NFL Free Agency opened.
QB Cam Newton: one year, $13.6 million.
TE Jonnu Smith: four years, $50 million.
TE Hunter Henry: three years, $37.5 million.
WR Nelson Agholor: two years, $26 million.
WR Kendrick Bourne: three years, $22 million.
OLB Matthew Judon four years, $56.5 million.
DB Jalen Mills: four years, $24 million.
DE Deatrich Wise: four years, $30 million.
DT Davon Godchaux: two years, $16 million.
DT Henry Anderson: two years, $7 million.
Grand Total $282.6 million
An absolute clinic was put on by Belichick and the Patriots in hopes of returning to Super Bowl glory of years past. It is amazing how quickly things can change for a franchise. From competing in the postseason and the Super Bowl year after year to not even qualifying for a Wild Card Game all in the span of one short season.
Belichick and the Patriots are on a mission to prove that they don’t need Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski to play in and win the big game. All they need is the ‘Belichick System’ and some warm bodies to run said system.
If the Patriots do succeed in turning their fortunes around via free agency, could it be safe to say that ‘Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl in Tampa was the best thing to happen to the Patriots since Tom Brady himself’
I think you could argue that statement to be true.