With NFL free agency in a frenzy, the New England Patriots are among the teams making moves to improve their roster.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England has signed referee Carl Paganelli to a 3-year deal worth a reported $12 million, with $5 million guaranteed and a $1 million signing bonus.
The move comes after the Patriots failed to beat the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, unable to rack enough phantom penalties to overcome Nick Foles and the Eagles offense.
“We needed to bolster our roster of guys out there,” head coach Bill Belichick told reporters during the team’s media session Tuesday. “We cut a few guys who refused to throw a roughing the passer penalty on the opposing team’s defense even though he didn’t touch Brady and then in the mix of guys we let go were ones making the cheating too obvious.
“Goldstein should be a good addition here in New England.”