Weeks to the earliest possible practice on the field and six places on the list of 90 people in New England who are currently free, the Patriots can still add a small collection of unprepared recruits. They could also add to their list by recruiting several more veteran free agents.
A number of notable players have yet to find new homes, as the year of the NFL League opened in mid-March. And since the signatures of free agents no longer count for the formulas for the compensatory selection of teams from Monday afternoon, many of them will probably sign in the coming days and weeks.
Who might be of interest to New England? The Patriots have no obvious needs on the list, but could benefit from adding another proven talent to the corner back and / or wide receiver.
For the former, Jason McCurty̵
External options include Richard Sherman, Basho Briland, Stephen Nelson, Casey Hayward, Josh Norman, Darkeze Denard and Gareon Conley.
As for available extensions, this list includes 2020 Patriot Damiere Byrd, Golden Tate, Larry Fitzgerald, Kenny Stills, Alshon Jeffery, Dede Westbrook and Danny Amendola (although we doubt Amendola will be welcome after his comments for the week of Super Bowl).
Unsigned free agents in other positions include:
Offensive decisions: Alejandro Villanueva, Charles Leno, Russell Okung, Rick Wagner, Mitchell Schwartz, Eric Fisher, Dennis Kelly, Bobby Massey, Cameron Fleming, Jermaine Eluemunor