Patriots

With first rush of free agency done, taking stock of AFC’s elite

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

The initial free-agent push is starting to slow down as teams begin to lay the groundwork for the 2019 season. While the trade market and pre-draft process is heating up, we wanted to take a look at the AFC power structure now the first week of free agency is in the books. Here’s a snapshot — in no particular order — of where last year’s playoff teams stand as we near the end of March and begin the one-month countdown to draft weekend.

PATRIOTS
Re-signed: CB Jonathan Jones, WR Josh Gordon, CB Jason McCourty, EDGE John Simon, WR Phillip Dorsett, P Ryan Allen.
Additions: DE Michael Bennett (trade), WR Maurice Harris, WR Bruce Ellington, TE Matt LaCosse, DL Mike Pennel, DB/ST Terrence Brooks, RB/ST Brandon Bolden.
Losses: OT Trent Brown, DL Trey Flowers, WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, CB Eric Rowe, DL Malcom Brown, OL LaAdrian Waddle.
Unsigned: WR Chris Hogan, DT Danny Shelton, K Stephen Gostkowski, LB Albert McClellan, LB Ramon Humber.
What it all means: