Nick Caserio and Jack Easterby brought in their first former Patriot together, when they traded for Marcus Cannon on Sunday. As expected, he won’t be the only player making his way from New England to Houston.
According to Adam Schefter, former Patriots safety Terrence Brooks signed with the Texans on Monday. Brooks heads to Houston on a one-year, $2 million deal.
Brooks originally signed with the Patriots before the 2019 season after spending his first five NFL seasons between the Ravens, Eagles, and Jets. He played about 25 percent of the team’s defensive snaps during his tenure, as well as a key role on special teams. In 29 games in New England, he recorded 33 tackles, three pass breakups, and an interception.
Even with Brooks gone, the Patriots still have plenty of depth at safety between Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, and the newly-signed Jalen Mills. Cornerbacks Joejuan Williams and Michael Jackson can play some safety as well.
On special teams, there may be more snaps to fill. Brooks is now gone and Cody Davis another core special teams player, is also a pending free agent. 2020 6th round pick Cassh Maluia could see an increased role in the kicking game next season, and of course the team could dip back into the draft.
Brooks is the second internal free agent the Patriots lost on Monday. Earlier in the day, guard Joe Thuney signed a record deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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