The New England Patriots cleared a ton of cap space with two very important moves on Saturday. That new financial freedom immediately puts the team in the running for some of the top available free agents on the market. Not least of which is former No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney who has inexplicably gone without a deal throughout the offseason.

Patriots insiders are already linking the team to Clowney in speculative talks. This is the same pattern that preceded the Cam Newton signing that was predicted, but still felt like a surprise when it was announced. Let’s break down the details of a potential fit, and what would need to happen to bring Clowney to the Patriots.

By collecting money from grievance settlements with Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez cases, the Patriots now have just under $7.8 million of cap room available.

CLNS’ Evan Lazar is a big fan of Clowney landing with the Patriots in free agency, especially now that the team has created enough room to potentially add the former No. 1 overall pick out of South Carolina.