Well, well, well. What a free agency period it’s been already — less than a week in.
The Patriots made a splash as soon as legal tampering began, and it took most people by surprise. There were signings, trades, reunions and retirements, and while this happens every year, it felt like a particularly strong whirlwind for Patriots fans this time around.
Fans and media weren’t the only ones excited by all of the moves. Patriots players took to social media to share their thoughts as news broke, and the eyeball emojis were used liberally.
So, as best we can, we’ve put together the unofficial timeline of how the start of free agency went down for the Patriots, according to players’ reactions, but before we begin, a brief Nike the GM interlude.