Tom Brady Has a New Target
The New England Patriots were in early talks with a lot of running backs this free-agency period. After releasing one of their starting wide receivers, Brandon LaFell, the Patriots knew they were also on the search for a third wide receiver.
At first, they had a couple options that would’ve fit perfectly with the team. The Patriots were eyeing two receivers that played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Unfortunately, the Patriots didn’t move fast enough. Marvin Jones ended up signing with the Detroit Lions and Mohamed Sanu went to join the Atlanta Falcons. Although these were missed opportunities, they knew there was still a few wide receivers in the market that could excel under Tom Brady.
Patriots Make a Move
On Friday, New England finally took a shot at someone. Playing for their conference rival, Buffalo Bills, for the past four years, Chris Hogan somehow landed on the Patriots’ radar. However, it’s not much of a surprise if you look at the similarities between Hogan and Edelman. A restricted free agent, the Patriots signed Hogan to an offer sheet that was reportedly worth $12 million over the next three years.
With a chance to match that offer, the Buffalo Bills were given five days to make a final decision. However, due to their limited cap space, the Bills declined the opportunity to match, sending Chris Hogan to the New England Patriots.
Chris Hogan rose to the third spot on the Bills’ wide-receiver depth chart last season. Coming to the team four years ago, Hogan improved each year. In the past two seasons, Hogan caught 77 passes for 876 yards and 6 touchdowns. Those stats aren’t that bad at all for someone in that third spot. Link him up with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and you could possibly have something here.