Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:40 am

2012 WideOut FA Bonanza

I was just listening to the Pixk-6 podcast on this website, not something I normally do but they were looking ahead at the pending NFL offseason following Super Bowl XLVI. Whether the Pats win or lose, they will have a bevy of offseason moves to make and that's not even taking April's draft into account. As usual under Bill Belickick, the Patriots have multiple picks in each of the first couple of rounds and all New England fans want to see what we've never seen: the Patriots to draft an impact pass rusher with a 1st round pick.
However, in this podcast, Ryan Wilson and Will Brinson went over the list of upcoming free agents the the WR position, and the list is astounding.
As follows, all will be unrestricted FA's this offseason:
  1. Vincent Jackson
  2. Dwayne Bowe
  3. Wes Welker
  4. DeSean Jackson
  5. Marques Colston
  6. Brandon Lloyd
  7. Stevie Johnson
  8. Reggie Wayne
  9. Robert Meachum
  10. Pierre Garcon
  11. Jerome Simpson
  12. Laurent Robinson

That's quite a list. After looking at a few websites, most people see Bowe and Welker as the most likely to stay with their current teams, while there is a good chance a few of these guys get franchised.

For Patriots fans, an interesting theory has been put out there by a few sources now: Brandon Lloyd will follow new Pats OC Josh McDaniels to New England, giving the Patriots the deep threat they have been missing since Randy Moss left. The Joey Galloway/Chad Ochocinco experiments didn't work, and both Brandon Tate and Taylor Price flopped.

The Patriots will have little to no shot at Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffrey, so FA will be their best bet to acquire a top wideout this offseason. If they resign Welker and bring in Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots can continue to score enough to cover up the glaring holes on defense and devote draft picks to other areas of need (being mainly DE, OLB, CB and C if Dan Koppen isn't brought back). The Patriots also have BJGE as a free agent but I can see him returning and splitting time with Ridley next year, with Vereen more a 3rd down and special teams guy a la Kevin Faulk in his prime. 

Fellow Pats fans, what do you think? What do the Patriots need to do this offseason?

Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:22 pm

Active HOF'ers in every sport

Got to wondering..of the four major sports leagues, which has the most lock, sure-fire HOF'ers playing right now? This was spawned by the announcements of the newest NHL inductees (Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, Leetch and Lou Lamoriello), which is one of the strongest classes ever to go into the Hall. Also, the list of MLB Hall hopefuls came out the other day as well. Holdovers Andre Dawson, Mark McGwire, Burt Blyleven, Jack Morris, and first timers such as The Crime Dog Fred McGriff, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galaragga, Edgar Martinez, etc. etc.
The criteria is: A guy that, if he retired RIGHT NOW, would get in, without a doubt (which is in my opinion of course). A lot of other guys in every sport are well on their way...they just need to play a few more seasons having good numbers. Some cases are tough. Guys like Jorge Posada, Andy Pettite, Jason Varitek (decent numbers, but were winners, long careers, impact on the game, etc.). Guys like Konerko, Dye, Miguel Tejada (numbers aplenty, but are they really HOF'ers or will they suffer from Dave Kingman syndrome?) What about Omar Visquel? Lance Berkman? Torii Hunter? MLB:Derek JeterAlex RodriguezMariano RiveraIvan RodriguezRandy JohnsonTrevor HoffmanJim ThomePedro MartinezManny RamirezVladimir GuerreroAlbert PujolsRoy HalladayIchiro SuzukiChipper JonesAndruw Jones
NBA:Shaquille O'NealKevin GarnettRay AllenTim DuncanSteve NashPaul PierceJason KiddDirk NowitzkiKobe BryantVince Carter
NHL:Martin BrodeurNicholas LidstromMark RecchiSergei FedorovJarome IginlaMike ModanoTeamu SelannePaul KariyaChris Pronger
NFL:Ed ReedPeyton ManningLaDanian TomlinsonRay LewisTom BradyTerrell OwensTorry HoltRandy MossBrett FavreKurt WarnerEdgerrin JamesChamp BaileyJason TaylorJunior SeauCharles WoodsonBrian UrlacherSteve HutchinsonWalter JonesTony GonzalezBrian Dawkins
Who am I missing? Hockey list feels short. Chip in guys.
Posted on: October 16, 2009 2:45 pm

All-Conference Teams...The Alumni Challenge

    All right, very simple. The six "power" conferences (Big 10, Big 12, Big East, ACC, SEC, and Pac-10) plus an extra. 53 man NFL-type rosters made from current NFL players representing these conferences. All-Star teams basically. Some stipulations...I first tried to make an entire team of just guys from Miami/Florida St., but between these two schools there is not a single current NFL quarterback, so I had to scratch that idea. I will be doing a Big East team, a Big 10 team, a seperate team of just Ohio St./Michigan guys. Also, a Big 12 team but another seperate team of just Texas/Oklahoma guys. A Pac-10 team which by necessity is like 1/2 USC guys. The SEC will be divided into two teams; one from SEC West schools, another from SEC East schools. Simple enough right.

   I am choosing a college coach from each conference to coach the team. The rosters will be plugged into Madden and a simulation tourney will be conducted. Too much time on my hands (house arrest courtesy of the state of Rhode Island). Roster requirements as follows: 3 quarterbacks, 4 running backs, 4 wide receivers, 3 tight ends, 7 offensive linemen regardless of C, G, or T...1 kick returner, 1 punt returner, 1 kicker and 1 punter. Also, 4 defensive ends and 4 defensive tackles (assume a 4-3 defense), 6 linebackers regardless of ILB, OLB...4 corners and 4 safties. A six-man practice squad to get to 53 guys. A final team will be made up of players that went to a school outside of these big 6 conferences. Notre Dame players will be either on the "extra" team or placed on the Big East roster if that roster is short of players (due to ND's Big East basketball status). I will post one roster everyday until the teams are set. Today, we have the ACC coached by Frank Beamer. Tomorrow, the Big East. I know a lot of good players will have to be left off these rosters..that will serve only to stir more debate. Assume depth chart by numbers except with linemen, linebackers, corners and safeties. Enjoy.
1. Phillip Rivers---NC State
2. Matt Ryan---BC
3. Matt Schaub---UVA
1. Frank Gore---Miami
2. Clinton Portis---Miami
3. Willis McGahee---Miami
4. Willie Parker---UNC
1. Andre Johnson---Miami
2. Reggie Wayne---Miami
3. Calvin Johnson---Georgia Tech
4. Anquan Boldin---Florida St.
1. Vernon Davis---Maryland
2. Kellen Winslow---Miami
3. Heath Miller---UVA
1. D'Brickishaw Ferguson---UVA
2. Jeff Saturday---UNC
3. Chris Snee---Boston College
4. Walter Jones---Florida St.
5. Bryant McKinnie---Miami
6. Duane Brown---Virginia Tech
7. Dan Koppen---Boston CollegeSpecialTeams
K-Shane Graham---Virginia Tech
P-Jeff Feagles---Miami
KR-Eddie Royal---Virginia Tech
PR-Devin Hester---Miami
1. Mario Williams---NC State
2. Julius Peppers---UNC
3. Patrick Kerney---UVA
4. Chris Long---UVA
1. Vince Wilfork---Miami
2. Kris Jenkins---Maryland
3. B.J. Raji---Boston College
4. Chris Hovan---Boston College
1. Ray Lewis---Miami
2. D.J. Williams---Miami
3. Shawne Merriman---Maryland
4. Jon Beason---Miami
5. Jonathan Vilma---Miami
6. Ernie Sims---Florida St.
1. Antonio Cromartie---Florida St.
2. DeAngelo Hall---Virginia Tech
3. Ronde Barber---UVA
4. Dre Bly---UNC
1. Ed Reed---Miami
2. Brian Dawkins---Clemson
3. Adrian Wilson---NC State
4. Brandon Merriweather---Miami
Practice Squad
1. Eugene Monroe, T---UVA
2. Tashard Choice, RB---Georgia Tech
3. Santana Moss, WR---Miami
4. Michael Vick, QB/ST---Virginia Tech
5. Aaron Curry, LB---Wake Forest
6. Trevor Pryce, DE---Clemson

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