Originally Posted by Rob0729
That's not true. They rarely do it, but they definitely have made big splashes in free agency in the past.
In 2007, they got Adalius Thomas (who was considered the biggest free agent that year even if he was a bust of a free agent). They also signed several other decent free agents (in terms of free agent interest) like Tyrone Poole and Dante Stallworth as well as traded for Welker.
In 2003, they signed Roosevelt Colvin (Who was a much sought after free agent at the time) and Rodney Harrison among a few others.
They have also made trades for marquee players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss.
With the flat cap, many free agents are going to come as values with teams unable to overpay for anyone but the top, top free agents. The Pats may decide it is time to be active in free agency again with $30 million or so of cap space each of the next two years.
The one I will give was Thomas because he was a legitimate A1 free agent. However, they got no championships with him.