ESPN: Patriots had third-worst offseason in NFL

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By WEEI 93.7

The Patriots lost a lot of good players this offseason, while not adding many to replace them.

The team lost Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Stephen Gostkowski, Nate Ebner, Elandon Roberts, James Develin, Ted Karras, Duron Harmon, Danny Shelton, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy, and then added Beau Allen, Cody Davis, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Copeland, Dan Vitale, Adrian Phillips, Damiere Byrd and all of their rookies.

On top of that, Rob Gronkowski unretired and was traded to Tampa Bay.

ESPN recently ranked the offseasons in the league and the Patriots came in at No. 30.

Here's what Bill Barnwell wrote when it came to what went wrong: 

The Patriots had Brady at quarterback, and now they have Jarrett Stidham. Even a diminished Brady would still project to be a playoff-caliber quarterback with the sort of defense this team had in 2019; the same thing isn't clear with Stidham, who appears to be the Week 1 starter. Losing Brady is one thing, but the Pats neglecting to make a meaningful move for someone like Andy Dalton seems shortsighted and stubborn.
Franchising Thuney means New England has a league-high $28.6 million of its cap committed to guards in 2020, nearly $7 million more than any other team. The Thuney tag cost the Patriots valuable cap space and eliminated their leverage in dealing with Rob Gronkowski when he wanted to return, forcing them to trade their legendary tight end to the Bucs for a midround pick. The Pats also lost three members of their starting front seven with Collins, Van Noy and defensive tackle Danny Shelton leaving town. While I have faith Belichick will replace those guys in the long term, the defense should take a step backward in 2020.

Chicago and Houston were ranked behind New England.

On top of all this, the Patriots have the hardest schedule in the league next season.