The Patriots traditionally have made their moves on the second day of free agency after the initial frenzy of over-priced contracts dies down. Last year, they signed DE Jabaal Sheard on Day 2
Brady was signed through the 2017 season and was set to make $10 million in 2017 and $9 million this year. His salary cap hit of $15 million will most certainly come down now as a result.
Given the injuries to the offensive line and then losing both starters (Dion Lewis, LaGarrette Blount) to IR during the season doomed the Pats running game in 2015. Truth be told, they ran the ball very poorly overall for most of the season and it was a major reason for their failure in the AFC Championship Game.
The Patriots will be looking to go 8-0 on the season and they meet the Redskins on Sunday. Tom Brady is having an MVP type 2015 with 20 TDs and 1 INT
The Redskins, despite a 3-4 record are still very much alive in the divisional race of the NFC East. They currently are only a half-game behind the Giants