It seems that the New England Patriots have finally started addressing their dire lack of talent at the cornerback position.
The Super Bowl Champions lost Darrelle Revis to their AFC East rivals the New York Jets and Brandon Browner decided to venture for pastures new and joined a New Orleans Saints side that is firmly in rebuild mode.
So, with two of their better players on defense leaving a gaping hole in the secondary, Bill Belichick has made his first signing at the position. According to a report from NFL.com, the Patriots will sign former Philadelphia Eagles corner Bradley Fletcher.
Obviously, there is no cornerback in the NFL that is as good as Darrelle Revis - sorry Richard Sherman. But even still, this seems like a very big drop off for the Patriots, with Fletcher arguably not even being a decent replacement for Browner. A lot of work still needs to be done in New England and Pats fans will have to hope that they haven't waited too long to bring someone in.
According to Adam Caplan, and NFL insider for ESPN, Fletcher's deal is just one year long and worth a maximum of $2.5million. The amount of guaranteed money in the contract is not yet known.
The 28-year-old cover-man had an absolutely awful 2014 where he gave up 1,070 yards and a massive nine touchdowns. Fletcher was so bad that he ranked 92nd out of 108 corners last season by Pro Football Focus.
Fletcher was burned by Jordy Nelson over and over when the Eagles lost 53-20 against the Green Bay Packers. Nelson finished the game with 104 receiving yards and a touchdown on just four receptions against Fletcher. Just a month later, he was beaten for three touchdowns by Dez Bryant against the Dallas Cowboys.
Let's just say that Eagles fans weren't too upset to see Bradley Fletcher leave. Here's how some reacted on Twitter:
The Patriots depth chart at corner is looking a little slim. They have fourth-year players Alfonzo Dennard and Chimdi Chekwa, Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, while veteran Kyle Arrington remains their star in the slot.