Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A familiarity of a player goes a long way in free agency. Similar to when any one of us look for a new job, knowing someone at the place you are applying for certainly goes a long way in helping to get the job. While it isn’t the only criteria a player is evaluated, it helps when not only trying to evaluate the player but in convincing the player that your team is the right team to choose.

Bob Quinn has had the opportunity to work among some of the best in the league during his time with the Patriots and he has at the very least a working relationship with many of the top Patriot’s free agents that would be a fit in the Honolulu blue and silver.

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5 Free Agents the Lions MUST Consider

With NFL Free Agency opening up on Thursday and talks officially opening up today at noon, what do you think Nation? Should Quinn and the Lions make a move on any of Birkett’s suggestions?

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press assembled the following list of free agents that could be a fit:

5LB Dont’a Hightower

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) fumbles as he is hit by New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions have expressed interest in Hightower, whose fourth-quarter strip sack of Matt Ryan helped the Patriots mount a record comeback in Super Bowl LI. With a price tag of more than $12 million, however, he’s expected to be too expensive for the Lions’ tastes.

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