ESPN names Patriots ‘Best Fit’ for best remaining free agent

The offseason has been a complete overhaul for the New England Patriots. With Jerod Mayo and Eliot Wolf in charge, the Pats have made a slew of moves.

They made a lot of internal signings, retaining Mike Onwenu, Hunter Henry and Kendrick Bourne. New England continued to add talent to its roster, led by Drake Maye with the third overall pick.

Despite all the moves New England has made, they can still add more reinforcements along the offensive line and the Pats have some options on the free agent market.

ESPN’s Matt Bowen dropped an article (subscription required) naming the best team to suit up for the remaining free agents.

Bowen called former Kansas City Chief offensive lineman Donovan Smith the best fit for the Patriots.

This offseason, the Pats signed Chukwuma Okorafor to a one-year deal and then drafted Penn State tackle Caedan Wallace in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Even with these two moves, they could still use some protection up front for Jacoby Brissett or Maye, and Smith is their best available option.

Bowen said: “But Smith would provide good competition for the left tackle spot and, at worst, depth. He started for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl last season and posted a 90.8% pass block winning percentage, while he allowed six more sacks than 438 pass-block reps.”

The nine-year vet has played at least 12 games each season and would come into the locker room with playoff experience.

Over the past three seasons, Smith has allowed just nine total sacks and should compete for a starting role right away in 2024.

It wouldn’t cost much to bring him in either. Smith would have the opportunity to step in to help fortify the trenches.

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