NFL analyst picks his favorite Patriots offseason move

The New England Patriots made a number of changes this offseason completely separating themselves from the two decades of dynastic success at the turn of the century.

In a recent article for The Athletic, NFL analyst Mike Sando listed an offseason move for every team that he liked the most, and for the Patriots, he chose the signing of veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Here’s what Sando had to say about the decision:

“Signing Jacoby Brissett so that rookie Drake Maye might not have to play right away buys runway for a team that is rebuilding. Have the Patriots done a better-than-advertised setting up Maye for success? Offensive coaches Alex Van Pelt and Ben McAdoo are veterans with ties to Mike McCarthy, who knows how to develop quarterbacks. Can they bring some of that to New England?”

If we’re only looking at free-agent signings, Brissett is probably the best pick, as New England didn’t add many veterans despite having a ton of cap space open.

However, some of their re-signings are arguably more important. Retaining safety Kyle Dugger and offensive lineman Mike Onwenu were huge moves for their culture. Even extending defensive lineman Christian Barmore a year before free agency also shows younger players what they need to do to get paid by this team.

These decisions set the foundation for the Jerod Mayo era in New England, but Sando’s pick of the Brissett signing is important as well. 

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