The New England Patriots' kingdom has crumbled after Tom Brady and a multitude of other quality players left town over the past week. Now, one more pillar has collapsed within the once-gaudy castle in Foxborough.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Patriots lost wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday on a one-year contract.
Yes, Dorsett was part of a 2019 Patriots wide receiver corps that underperformed as a whole. However, the team effectively opted to let Dorsett walk in favor of wideout Damiere Byrd, who has caught 44 passes for 488 yards and four touchdowns total in four years as a pro.
Those stats pale in comparison to what Dorsett put up during his three-years in New England. In that span, Dorsett recorded 73 receptions for 881 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Now, Pats Nation has to watch Dorsett leave on the cheap to join a Seahawks offense led by dynamic quarterback Russell Wilson. Luckily for Dorsett, he doesn't have to be the primary target like he was in New England, as he'll slot in as Seattle's No. 3 receiver role behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. He can forget about ever drawing double-teams, which is nice work if you can get it.
The Patriots learned the hard way that not everyone will be in a rush to stick around with the team when Brady isn't on the roster anymore. And it's likey that more dominoes are yet to fall.