New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is hoping the free agency period will be a big season for the team, and he’s ready to make an early splash.
Brent Grimes, Matt Kalil, Kevin King, Kiko Alonso and Matt Kalis were among the safeties on the Patriots’ roster for the 2018 season.
The Patriots will also have a chance to add another player, according to Chris Mortensen of NFL.com.
They have three first-round picks and three second-round selections on the way, including safety Marcus Cooper, who was released by the Houston Texans last week.
The team is still searching for a starter at the position.
The Patriots have plenty of veteran talent at safety, including veteran Malcolm Butler, who is set to become a free agent next year.
Cooper is also in line to become an unrestricted free agent, and Malcolm Butler could have an opportunity to be the No. 1 safety on the roster, according the Boston Globe.
Mortensen added that the Patriots may be in position to add a safety if they can’t sign another free agent.
The franchise tag for free agents expires on March 11.
The 2017 version of the Patriots paid $9.75 million to free agent cornerback Logan Ryan.
The team will have a hard time making the roster of any of the current safety starters, and there are some other needs at the safety position.
The New England defense has struggled this season, as the team allowed just 20.9 points per game, fourth-fewest in the NFL, according on ESPN Stats & Info.
The defense has allowed just 14.2 points per contest in its last four games, and the Patriots have allowed 16.5 points per league game over the last two seasons.
They have allowed a league-low 28.3 points per team game this season.
This year, the Patriots could be looking to add to the safety depth with a new safety or a veteran free agent to help bolster the position in the future.