The Patriots didn’t let the lack of cap space get in the way of a bombshell offseason.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
Despite rumors that the Patriots were shopping Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots dealt neither, and ended up massive winners instead.
Patriots: We want Brandin Cooks… We’ll send you Malcolm Butler
Saints: Just keep Butler we’ll still send Cooks
— Sauce Castillo ✭ (@Markel_Epidemic) March 11, 2017
They dealt the Panthers for Kony Ealy, the stud defensive end. And followed it up by landing Brandin Cooks, the star receiver from the Saints.
Patriots go from pick 64 in second round to pick 72 in third round and get Kony Ealy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Oh, and they weren’t finished: they added Stephen Gilmore, the corner out of Buffalo, to pair with Butler. And then added Dwayne Allen to replace their lost TE in free agency. Couple that with over $30 million in cap space, and the Patriots are scary.
Stephen Gilmore is signing with the #Patriots
— Patriots Extra (@PatriotsExtra) March 9, 2017
Yes, the rich get richer.