The New England Patriots are hoping to bounce back in 2023 after a forgettable 2022 campaign, where nothing seemed to go right for the storied NFL franchise.
Despite all the dysfunction in New England last season, the Patriots were able to finish the season with a record of 8-9.
Although that’s not a record to be particularly proud of, it’s kind of remarkable considering the competition in the AFC East division and a very shaky question situation, with head coach Bill Belichick and Mac Jones not seeing eye-to-eye.
However, in 2023, the Patriots want to start fresh and have made some solid moves to right the ship next season, with some decent additions on both sides of the football.
One of those additions was rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez, who the Patriots stole the in the 2023 NFL Draft.
On Tuesday, the Patriots added to the secondary with the return of corner Tae Hayes, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Offseason transaction: The Patriots have signed CB Tae Hayes, who returns after a brief stint with the team in 2022.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 9, 2023
Obviously, the addition of Hayes isn’t going to be a huge offseason move for New England and may not matter if he ultimately fails to make the team during training camp in the coming months.
However, New England clearly isn’t in rebuild mode just yet, as Belichick and company believe they can win with what they have.
Other notable moves in this NFL offseason for the Patriots include signing wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Mike Gesicki.
It’ll be interesting to see how everything pans out in New England and whether the Patriots can bounce back after a forgettable 2022 campaign.NEXT: Former Player Explains What It's Like Being Coached By Bill Belichick