Two words. Billy. Bigbucks. Never in my life would I have thought I'd ever be calling Belichick this, but he's opened the wallet more than ever before the past couple days and it's probably not over just yet.
We'll start at the beginning. The Pats opened up Monday by making Jonnu Smith their tight end of the future on a 4 year $50 million contract. An anticipated move considering Bill's past praise for Smith, once saying he's the best tight end in the league after the catch. He can be a threat anywhere on the field, including as a blocker, and he's going to step in and immediately become one of the most explosive players New England has seen in years.
They didn't stop there, adding the former Ravens star outside linebacker Matt Judon. A team that historically does not pay big time pass rushers, the Pats swung for the fences on Judon, making the highest paid defensive player in team history with a 4 year $56 million deal.
The defensive help continued, quickly bringing in former Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills. A versatile player who can play corner or safety, he fits perfectly in a Belichick defense and isn't afraid of top defensive assignments.
At this point Bill was off his rocker and most of us probably hadn't eaten our first meal of the day. He started signing everybody in sight, tossing 2 years $26 million at Nelson Agholor who came off a career year as a Raider. He had nearly 900 yards and 8 touchdowns while posting the second highest yards per catch rate in the league. He can hopefully be a deep threat for an offense whose longest touchdown pass was actually thrown by a wide receiver last season.
Agholor wasn't the only receiver signed, as Kendrick Bourne joined him on a 3 year $22.5 million deal. Bourne just seems like a Patriot. San Fransisco labeled him as a third down and red zone specialist, and he proved that as 74% of his catches went for first downs over the last two seasons. He has an Amendola feel to him where he isn't going to put up the big numbers, but he works well when the play breaks down and will make his plays in clutch moments of big games.
Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson were also added to help the defensive line, and Deatrich Wise was re-signed to join them and cap off one of the busiest Monday's in team history.
Just when you went to bed thinking the Patriots were probably out of money, they decided that signing one of the top two tight ends available wasn't enough, so they went ahead and got the other one. Hunter Henry joins Jonnu Smith in New England to form the best tight end duo since Gronk and Hernandez. Belichick isn't messing around, giving Henry $37.5 million over three years. The offense had to get much better and it did, and the Pats aren't done yet as apparently they are still 'aggressive' in the running back market, with names like Fournette and Carson floating around.
If New England truly wants to compete for a Super Bowl again, they cannot be finished. This group with Cam Newton at quarterback is still not enough, so either the team needs to add more pieces, or another QB. Expect something big coming at the draft, something big and unprecedented because apparently that's what Bill is on this year.