5 free agents still available who Patriots could target


While free agency has come and gone, not only do the Patriots still have a few areas that could be upgraded, but there are also a number of quality players still available.

Wide receiver is a position that could use some veteran depth with a number of questions at the position, and the same goes for the interior offensive line.

But, if the Patriots were to go after a player, the contract would play a big part if they could make it work considering the organization is up against the salary cap.

With that being said, here are five free agents still available that the Patriots could potentially target between now and training camp.

G Larry Warford -- The 28-year-old was recently released by the Saints and is available for any team to sign. Between the Lions and Saints, he’s started all 101 games he’s played in over his seven year NFL career. With questions still surrounding Joe Thuney, the Patriots could make a play for Warford, although it’s worth wondering if they would be able to make the money work since he could be looking for a decent contract and not a one-year, veteran minimum deal.

WR Taylor Gabriel — There aren’t many quality receivers still available, but Gabriel is one of the better ones in the group. The 29-year-old has played for three teams in his six year NFL career, most recently spending the last two in Chicago. In 25 total games, he had 96 receptions for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Given the number of questions at the position, the Patriots need another veteran with experience to fill out the roster for the summer and make a run at making the initial 53-man roster.

G Josh Kline -- It would be smart of the Patriots to add a veteran interior lineman between now and training camp given the questions with Thuney and also David Andrews. And what better veteran than Kline, who already has spent three years with the team. At 30 years old, he could potentially take a team-friendly deal. Regardless of who it is, the Patriots need to make sure to address this spot before the summer.

TE Jordan Reed — Reed’s career has been headlined by injuries, but when healthy he’s been able to contribute. The 29-year-old’s best season game in 2015 when he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Given his injury history, no team will want to sign him to a big contract, so he could make some sense for the Patriots if they were willing to take a chance on him. Anything would be better than last year as the team got the worst production in the entire league out of the tight end position.

QB Cam Newton- While this seems unlikely, Newton continually has been linked to the Patriots, including by former New England executive Mike Lombardi. The team would need to make some moves in order to make the money work, but if the Patriots really do not trust Jarrett Stidham then Newton could make some sense. Although, it seems like the Patriots do like Stidham and therefore it doesn’t appear Newton will be joining the Patriots.