The Patriots have a lot of free agency needs. From retaining top free agents and finding their veteran replacements should any of those free agents sign with another team, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. The Patriots have about $60M in cap space, but a lot of that will be spent on retaining their own key free agents. The top priority for the Patriots will be signing LB Dont’a Hightower to a long-term deal. Hightower was initially drafted by the Patriots 25th overall in the 2012 draft. Hightower’s leadership and play-making abilities at both linebacker and off the edge is what enticed the Patriots in the first place and he’s been everything they could hope for. There is the issue
Matt Elam, a highly disappointing former first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens, wasn’t likely to garner much attention on the free-agent market next month – safeties credited with one tackle on defense in nine games rarely do. According to Miami-Dade police records, Elam was booked into a city correctional facility at 3:45 a.m. He is facing multiple charges: possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis (a felony), possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and reckless driving. Police said they pulled Elam over for reckless driving and while searching his car discovered 126 grams of marijuana as well as 3 grams of oxycodone.
Rob Gronkowski is seeing dollar signs — but not for himself, at least not yet. He’s hoping his position-mate Martellus Bennett gets paid. “I’m hoping he breaks the bank,” Gronkowski told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry. It’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow. I want to see him do whatever he’s got to do, but I don’t make the calls.” Be careful what you wish for, Gronk. If Bennett breaks the bank, it’ll likely be one outside New England. Gronkowski makes roughly $9 million per year, and the Patriots tend to pay players according to their pecking order on the depth chart. That would likely put Bennett