Bedard: How the Patriots’ cap relates to loss of Trey Flowers, Trent Brown’s departure, plus Tom Brady’s contract

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

A few thoughts on the early portion of free agency as it relates the Patriots:

Trey Flowers agrees to deal with the Lions

Flowers is the biggest loss to the team, and it's not even close. That being said, I'm not sure what else they could have done (part of it was their own doing):