The New England Patriots lost out on the DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes to the Tennessee Titans this past weekend. With Hopkins off the board and offensive talent still lacking in Foxboro, what moves can the team make to improve their weapons at running back or wide receiver? On Tuesday’s Toucher & Rich radio program, Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard joined the show to discuss whether Bill Belichick will sign running back Dalvin Cook—who is still on the free agency market. Greg also touches on other positional needs for the Patriots heading into the 2023-24 NFL season.
Parts of conversation are abbreviated for clarity.
Fred: Why are the Patriots the Vegas favorites to land Dalvin Cook?
Greg Bedard: I have no idea. Those Vegas odds are so dumb. They’re never right. Everybody always wants to say, “Oh, it’s an indication!”
How long were they favorites for DeAndre Hopkins? Anybody who’s ever spent time around DeAndre Hopkins knew he would go with the best offer at the end of the day. That was never, ever going to be with the New England Patriots. And yet, they were the favorites until the very end. These Vegas odds mean nothing. They’re not an indication of anything.
Dalvin Cook is another player. Here’s a guy who basically made $10 million a year on his last contract with the Vikings. He wants to get paid. The Patriots don’t pay anybody on offense, especially running backs. They have a running back, a burgeoning star, making less than a million dollars a year. They’re not going to sign him.
Dalvin Cook for $9 million a year to be Stevenson’s backup? None of it makes any sense. There’s very little chance he’s coming here.