Patriots

Bedard: Here’s hoping Bill Belichick doesn’t get nostalgic for former Patriots during free agency

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Yes, it's possible ... Patriots' free agency could turn into an episode of This Old House. Maybe a special episode: This Old Dynasty.

It's a scary thought for some, that will turn a few stomachs.

Others, the more the nostalgic types, might be all for it. They likely feel that familiar names are comforting because they remind them of the better times (a whole two years ago ... gasp), when the team was contending for Super Bowl titles, instead of finishing 7-9 and behind the Bills and Dolphins in the AFC East (we'll just ignore the whole change in quarterback thing).

If you stop for a second, you could envision the Patriots filling some of their vacancies in free agency with their own retreads.

Think this is farfetched? Consider the quote Urban Meyer passed along from Bill Belichick at this time four years ago (via Mike Reiss):

He said, 'At this point in my career, I want to coach guys I like. I want to coach guys I want to be around and that's it and 'I'm not going to coach anybody else.'"

The Patriots and Belichick are coming off their first losing season since 2000. The atmosphere seems a bit unsettled around the team as they navigate the quarterback situation. There's a chance things could go a bit sideways in short order.

Here are some of the names that are free agents:

S Duron Harmon, Lions
ST Nate Ebner, Giants
RB Dion Lewis, Giants
LB Elandon Roberts, Dolphins
C/G Ted Karras, Dolphins
ST Cordarrelle Patterson, Bears
TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks

Possible cap casualties:

NT Danny Shelton, Browns
NT Malcolm Brown, Saints

Then there are some of the Patriots own aging free agents:

Jason McCourty
John Simon
Shilique Calhoun
James Ferentz
Deatrich Wise

You don't think it's possible Belichick could welcome back some players into the fold? Have you paid attention to the roster composition the past four years?