As the NFL offseason begins, tackle is high on the list of needs for the Patriots. If it’s not at the top of the list it’s a very close second, and there’s an argument to be made that it should be listed twice within the top five. After all, the Patriots only have two players at the position currently under contract for 2023 – Trent Brown in the final year of his deal and a chance to free up to $10 million by releasing him, and 2022 seventh-round pick Andrew Stueber who missed all of last year with a significant leg injury.
Luckily for the Patriots, this year projects to feature a strong tackle market both in free agency and the draft. However, that market may be taking a big hit before free agency even opens.