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Looking back on it, Monday March 15, 2021 could go down as one of the more significant days in Patriots history. Coming off of a tumultuous season in the first year of the post-Brady era, the Patriots responded in a big way. The team signed around $200 million worth of contracts in the first 10 hours of free agency. For comparison, that’s more than half of the previous 10 years combined.

Now that the dust has started to settle (does a quick check to Twitter to make sure another signing didn’t just happen), we can start to look at these signings with more depth. Why did the Patriots choose the players they chose? Did they actually miss out on any players they were hoping to land? And what might be next? Here’s my biggest takeaways from day one of the NFL’s legal tampering period.

If you missed any of the Patriots’ moves, you can get caught up with our NFL Free Agency Tracker here.

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