In speaking with Foxsports.com, Patriots coach Bill Belichick detailed why he is comfortable signing older players in free agency.
"You know what you're getting when it comes to the level of commitment of those players. They know their time is somewhat limited so you usually get a player's best shot at that point in their careers."
This helps explain why the Patriots have fielded one of the older teams in the NFL in recent years. Here are some age-based statistics from the Patriots' roster that reflect Belichick's approach:
It's an interesting mix, because the Patriots like to build through the draft, and develop players in their system. They complement that approach with veteran free agents they feel will give them their "best shot."