2017 Roster Changes within the Patriots
Eventhough the Super Bowl was the goal, the Patriots failed to reach it. Considered as one of the best games in Super Bowl history, the New England players didn't get to eat the cake, a tough one if you ask me. The whole season was built around that idea in mind, but that is how foot ball is, you win some and you some.
Below is the comelete list of Roster changes for 2017:



New England Players: Free Agents

Unrestricted


Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
TE Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers March 10, 2017 three years, $21 million
RB LeGarrette Blount Philadelphia Eagles May 17, 2017 one year, $2.8 million
RB Brandon Bolden New England Patriots April 5, 2017 one year, $775,000
DT Alan Branch New England Patriots March 9, 2017 two years, $12 million
FB James Develin New England Patriots March 6, 2017 two years, $2.85 million
WR Michael Floyd Minnesota Vikings May 10, 2017 one year, $1.5 million
FS Duron Harmon New England Patriots March 9, 2017 four years, $17 million
MLB Dont'a Hightower New England Patriots March 15, 2017 four years, $43.5 million
DE Chris Long Philadelphia Eagles March 28, 2017 two years, $4.8 million
OLB Barkevious Mingo Indianapolis Colts March 9, 2017 one year, $2.5 million
CB Logan Ryan Tennessee Titans March 10, 2017 three years, $30 million
TE Greg Scruggs
DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard Indianapolis Colts March 10, 2017 three years, $25.5 million
         

Restricted


Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
CB Malcolm Butler New England Patriots April 18, 2017 assigned tender (first-round) on March 7, 2017 ($3.91 million)
OT Cameron Fleming New England Patriots April 10, 2017 assigned tender (original-round) on March 7, 2017 ($1.797 million)
TE Michael Williams New England Patriots March 9, 2017 one year, $540,000
         

Exclusive-Rights


Position Player 2017 Team Date signed Contract
CB Justin Coleman New England Patriots March 16, 2017 assigned tender on March 7, one year, $615,000
SS Brandon King New England Patriots April 11, 2017 assigned tender on March 8, one year, $615,000
TE Matt Lengel New England Patriots April 18, 2017 assigned tender on March 7, one year, $540,000
         

Signings


Position Player Previous team Date signed Contract
TE Rob Housler Chicago Bears January 19, 2017 future contract
CB Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills March 10, 2017 five years, $65 million
DT Lawrence Guy Baltimore Ravens March 11, 2017 four years, $13.4 million
RB Rex Burkhead Cincinnati Bengals March 14, 2017 one year, $3.15 million
RB Mike Gillislee Buffalo Bills April 24, 2017 two years, $6.4 million
WR Devin Street Indianapolis Colts May 2, 2017 claimed off waivers
C James Ferentz Denver Broncos May 18, 2017 one year, $615,000
WR DeAndrew White New England Patriots May 21, 2017 one year, $540,000
WR Andrew Hawkins Cleveland Browns May 24, 2017 one year, $980,000
LB David Harris New York Jets June 21, 2017 two years, $5 million
DE Caleb Kidder Minnesota Vikings July 26, 2017 one year, $465,000
WR Tony Washington Jacksonville Jaguars July 27, 2017 one year, $540,000
WR K. J. Maye Tennessee Titans July 30, 2017 one year, $465,000
DE Michael Bart Arizona Cardinals August 28, 2017 one year, $465,000
DE Nick Usher Seattle Seahawks August 28, 2017 one year, $465,000
RB Brandon Bolden New England Patriots Re-signed September 4, 2017 one year, $775,000
QB Brian Hoyer San Francisco 49ers November 1, 2017 three years, $4,441,470
DE Ricky Jean Francois Green Bay Packers November 7, 2017 one year, $990,000
TE Martellus Bennett Green Bay Packers November 9, 2017 two years, $14 million
DE Eric Lee Buffalo Bills November 21, 2017 two years, $1,020,000
LB Nicholas Grigsby Baltimore Ravens November 28, 2017 two years, $1,170,000
OG Jason King Baltimore Ravens November 28, 2017 one year, $465,000
LB Jonathan Freeny Jacksonville Jaguars Re-signed December 6, 2017 one year, $775,000
WR Kenny Britt Cleveland Browns December 12, 2017 two years, $2.4 million
DE Ricky Jean Francois New England Patriots Re-signed December 13, 2017 one year, $900,000
OLB James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers Signed December 26, 2017 one year, $1,000,000
WR Bernard Reedy New England Patriots Re-signed January 17, 2017 one year, $225,000
         

Departures


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Position Player Notes
OT Sebastian Vollmer Released March 3, 2017
RB Tyler Gaffney Waived March 20, 2017
OG Tre' Jackson Waived April 18, 2017
TE Michael Williams Released May 12, 2017
TE Rob Housler Released May 17, 2017
OG Chris Barker Released May 18, 2017
WR Devin Street Released May 24, 2017
DE Corey Vereen Waived June 5, 2017
WR DeAndrew White Released June 22, 2017
OG Chase Farris Released July 20, 2017
WR Andrew Hawkins Retired July 25, 2017
OLB/DE Rob Ninkovich Retired July 30, 2017
SS Dwayne Thomas Released August 11, 2017
DE Kony Ealy Released August 26, 2017
DE Caleb Kidder Released August 27, 2017
TE Matt Lengel Released August 27, 2017
OLB Christian Kuntz Released August 29, 2017
FB Glenn Gronkowski Released September 1, 2017
TE Sam Cotton Released September 1, 2017
OT Max Rich Released September 1, 2017
OG Jason King Released September 1, 2017
DE Michael Bart Released September 1, 2017
DT Josh Augusta Released September 1, 2017
FS Jason Thompson Released September 1, 2017
OLB Jonathan Freeny Released September 1, 2017
WR Tony Washington Released September 2, 2017
WR K.J. Maye Released September 2, 2017
OLB Trevor Bates Released September 2, 2017
RB D.J. Foster Released September 2, 2017
RB LeShun Daniels Released September 2, 2017
CB D.J. Killings Released September 2, 2017
OT Andrew Jelks Released September 2, 2017
CB Kenny Moore Released September 2, 2017
OG Jamil Douglas Released September 2, 2017
SS Damarius Travis Released September 2, 2017
WR Cody Hollister Released September 2, 2017
FS David Jones Released September 2, 2017
DE Nick Usher Released September 2, 2017
WR Austin Carr Released September 2, 2017
TE James O'Shaughnessy Released September 2, 2017
DE Geneo Grissom Released September 2, 2017
HB Brandon Bolden Released September 2, 2017
OG Ted Karras Released September 2, 201
C James Ferentz Released September 2, 2017
MLB Brooks Ellis Released September 2, 2017
DT Woodrow Hamilton Released September 2, 2017
DT Darius Kilgo Released September 2, 2017
CB William Likely Released September 2, 2017
WR Devin Lucien Released September 2, 2017
OT Conor McDermott Released September 2, 2017
DE Geneo Grissom Waived November 9, 2017
DE Cassius Marsh Released November 21, 2017
DE Ricky Jean-Francois Released December 2, 2017
OG Jason King Released December 2, 2017
WR Bernard Reedy Released December 13, 2017
OLB Jonathan Freeny Released December 13, 2017
OLB Trevor Reilly Waived December 26, 2017
     


Trades
March 8: The Patriots obtained tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round selection and sent a fourth-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts
March 10: The Patriots were involved in a trade in which they sent their second-round selection to the Carolina Panthers for defensive end Kony Ealy and a third-round selection.
March 10: The Patriots were involved in a trade in which they sent their first-round selection and a third-round selection to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round selection.
April 29: The Patriots traded a fifth-round selection to the Kansas City Chiefs for tight end James O'Shaughnessy and a sixth-round selection.
August 29: The Patriots traded a 2018 seventh-round selection to the Cincinnati Bengals for linebacker Marquis Flowers.
September 1: The Patriots traded cornerback Justin Coleman to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2018 seventh-round draft selection.
September 2: The Patriots traded a 2019 sixth-round selection to the Detroit Lions for cornerback Johnson Bademosi.
September 2: The Patriots traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
September 2: The Patriots traded their 2018 fifth and seventh-round picks to the Seahawks for defensive end Cassius Marsh.
October 30: The Patriots traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round selection.


 


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