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New England Patriots Contemplate Franchise Tag: A Shift in Strategy Under New Leadership

Will the New England Patriots Opt for the Franchise Tag?

ESPN’s Mike Reiss suggests that the New England Patriots, under the leadership of Bill Belichick, might employ a strategy they haven’t utilized much before: the franchise tag. This possibility stems from the exceptional performance of defensive player Dugger, who has been pivotal for the team’s defense, drawing comparisons to recently extended safety Jessie Bates II.

Dugger’s significant contributions, playing a remarkable 97% of defensive snaps last season and registering 107 tackles, make him a standout among upcoming free agents. His ranking at 25th among 2024 free agents and second among safeties further underscores his value. With last year’s top free agent safety, Jessie Bates II, securing a lucrative contract, the Patriots face a decision regarding Dugger’s future.

Former Patriots All-Pro safety, Devin McCourty, notes the departure of Bill Belichick from the organization adds uncertainty regarding the team’s approach to the franchise tag. Historically, the Patriots have avoided using the franchise tag to focus on improving the overall roster. However, with a new era in New England, their strategy may shift.

Reflecting on the team’s historic success under Belichick, particularly with Tom Brady at quarterback, highlights the challenges faced since Brady’s departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a disappointing 4-13 season, the Patriots are grappling with rebuilding and finding a successor to Brady.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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