By Spartan Echo Staff
Super Bowl LLI ended in upset for the New England Patriots. The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed their first Super Bowl crown in their franchise’s history despite the Patriots being 4-and-a-half point favorites to beat the Eagles.
If New England would’ve won this Super Bowl, this would have been the franchise’s sixth championship, but instead, the Patriots must focus on rebuilding for the 2018 season.
As the Patriots prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft, many speculate who will return to the five-time championship team.
After the loss, Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski didn’t confirm plans to return next season.
“I’m not ready for these type of questions right now,” Gronkowski said to a group of reporters. “I’m just going to sit down, reflect on the season, talk to my teammates.”
Tom Brady, has no plans of leaving, after finishing one of his best seasons in the league. According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots quarterback, played the best football of his career over the last three seasons, with an NFL-best 96 touchdown passes and just 17 interceptions.
“I expect to be back,” Brady told reporters after the 41-33 Super Bowl loss. “….I don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.”
Brady’s supporting cast, however, may change. According to 247sports.com, the Patriots have 15 free agents this offseason and many are expected to consider other teams. The Patriots also got a compensation pick for the 2018 draft, giving New England an extra fourth round pick putting them in position to add multiple corners as predicted by Sports Illustrated.
The 2018 NFL Draft begins on April 26 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.