List of best remaining NFL free agents could interest Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New England Patriots have thrown a ton of money around in 2021 NFL free agency. But who says they're done spending?
Despite signing 11 new players and re-signing five members of the 2020 squad, the Patriots may have more moves to make. They still have roughly $10.7 million in cap space, per OverTheCap.com, and reportedly are in the hunt for more offensive firepower at quarterback, wide receiver and running back and have needs on defense, as well.
So, who's still on the board? Here's a rundown of the best available free agents at positions where New England may look to upgrade.
|C.J. Beathard||San Francisco|
|Nick Mullens||San Francisco|
|Colt McCoy||New York Giants|
|Blake Bortles||LA Rams|
Patriots angle: There's more, but we'll spare you. If the Patriots add another QB, it won't be via free agency ... unless Marcus Mariota hits the open market.
|Antonio Brown||Tampa Bay|
|Sammy Watkins||Kansas City|
|Josh Reynolds||LA Rams|
|Golden Tate||New York Giants|
|Willie Snead||New Orleans|
Patriots angle: Plenty of options here should New England look to add a third wideout after Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. If Julian Edelman's knee doesn't hold up and Damiere Byrd doesn't re-sign, the Patriots will need more depth.
|Leonard Fournette||Tampa Bay|
|James White||New England|
|Jeff Wilson Jr.||San Francisco|
|Le'Veon Bell||Kansas City|
|Damien Williams||Kansas City|
|Tevin Coleman||San Francisco|
Patriots angle: New England is deep at running back reportedly has interest in Carson and Fournette, which suggests White and Rex Burkhead may not re-sign as free agents. Bill Belichick typically doesn't break the bank for RBs, but he's been breaking the bank everywhere else this offseason.
|Melvin Ingram (EDGE)||LA Chargers|
|Jadeveon Clowney (EDGE)||Tennessee|
|Ndamukong Suh (DE)||Tampa Bay|
|Carlos Dunlap (DE)||Seattle|
|Aldon Smith (DE)||Dallas|
|Olivier Vernon (DE)||Cleveland|
|Sheldon Rankins (DT)||New Orleans|
|Danny Shelton (DT)||Detroit|
|Everson Griffen (DE)||Detroit|
Patriots angle: The Patriots already beefed up their front seven by adding defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, defensive end Montravius Adams and versatile pass-rushers Matthew Judon and Kyle Van Noy, but this team ranked 27th in the NFL in sacks last season, so New England may look to add more pieces.
|Anthony Harris (S)||Minnesota|
|Xavier Rhodes (CB)||Indianapolis|
|Kevin King (CB)||Green Bay|
|Keanu Neal (S)||Atlanta|
|Richard Sherman (CB)||San Francisco|
|Kyle Fuller (CB)||Chicago|
|Brian Poole (CB)||New York|
|Bashaud Breeland (CB)||Kansas City|
|Xavier Woods (S)||Dallas|
|Mackenzie Alexander (CB)||Cincinnati|
Patriots angle: Cornerback will become a need if Stephon Gilmore moves on, and there's an opening at safety after Patrick Chung's retirement. Fuller is an intriguing name after his release from the Bears.