Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New England Patriots’ Offseason Moves - 2017

After Erol Onel achieved his BA from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1988, he went on to earn an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. A football player in high school, Erol Onel still enjoys following the game and is a fan of the New England Patriots.

Since their spectacular come-from-behind victory in the 2017 Super Bowl LI, the Patriots have made some significant off-season moves to keep their team at the top of the NFL. Due to the expiration of several contracts, they went into the off-season with $60 million in salary cap space.

One of the high-profile non-re-signings by the Patriot front office were tight end Martellus Bennett, since Rob Gronkowski’s health should be back to normal for the 2017 season. Instead, the team signed a cheaper backup in Dwayne Allen from Indianapolis for an undisclosed draft pick.

Patriot’s fans sighed in relief in mid-March when the Patriots re-signed the five-year NFL veteran, Dont’a Hightower (contract terms as yet unknown). The 6’3” middle linebacker from the University of Alabama was named a team co-captain for the past season and received his first Pro Bowl invitation. 

During Super Bowl LI, the Patriots were trailing 28-12 when Hightower strip sacked Matt Ryan and helped change the game’s momentum in his team’s favor.

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