Manny Lawson, LB
The Patriots were hurting for a good coverage linebacker this season, with both Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower unable to handle the more athletic tight ends as well as running backs out of the backfield. Lawson is the perfect kind of remedy.
An unheralded linebacker with the Bengals, the seventh-year pro provides the right kind of size (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) and speed to help dispel any matchup problems.
He has 331 career total tackles, 18 sacks, 18 passes defensed, and seven forced fumbles.