Tag:New England Patriots
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: December 30, 2009 8:54 pm

Lamar Woodley....WHAT?

What the hell is this guy talking about? The Patriots and Bengals, like the Colts last week, have earned the right to do whatever they friggin want next week. Ryan Clark had the right idea, saying no one is scared of the Steelers this year. If you hadn't punted games against Oakland and Kansas City, you wouldn't need all this HELP to get into the playoffs. If you take care of business, you control your own fate. The Patriots, IF they sit starters, aren't doing because they are scared to play you Lamar, they are doing it to get healthy and rest up. Cincy, same thing. Is it just a Steelers LB thing, saying stupid stuff all the time? Joey Porter is a walking-talking litany of moronical refuse. James Harrison is expecting to get invited to the White House when he DOESN'T win the Super Bowl, all the sense that makes. And now Lamar thinking the Patriots and Bengals are plotting against the Steel Curtain out of fear. Wake up buddy, maybe too many Iron City's before the interview.
Any of my fellow Pats fans feel like this team could get hot and go on a run like in 2001? Yea, me neither.
Posted on: June 8, 2009 2:06 pm

Vince Wilfork aka "Big Daddy" aka "Baby Sapp"

Bill Belichick made his mark as an NFL coack through defense, going back to his early days with the Baltimore Colts, briefly the Denver Broncos and most notably with the New York Giants. There is no debating the success and status of Belichick within the game. As a master of defense, Belichick employs the 3-4 defensive alignment, used by only seven teams full-time in the league (Cleveland, Dallas, NYJ, Miami, Pittsburgh, Baltimore are the others). Everyone who follows football knows a run-stuffing, two-gap mass of man nose tackle is the key to a 3-4 scheme.

Haloti Ngata, Casey Hampton, Kris Jenkins, these are the guys that makes these defenses click. Vince Wilfork has developed into one the top 4-5 NTs in the game, and now wants to be paid like one. Although Vince did say he doesn't neccessarily want "Haynesworth" money or anyone else's, he wants a secure contract that will pay him accordingly and keep him in Foxboro for a long time. And Pats fans, myself included, want the same thing.

The 2009-2010 season will have a salary cap of around $130 million. The Pats have the other D-Line guys on the team wrapped up for the following approx. numbers : Seymour for around $10 mil, Jarvis Green around $5.5 mil, Ty Warren for $4 mil, Mike Wright for $1.7 mil. I am not sure what Ron Brace got on his rookie contract, but Wilfork is making only $800,000 this year, the last yr. on his rookie deal. Although, with bonuses and clauses, etc., the actual cap hit is around $2.8 mil.

So, by my math, that's around $23 million tied up in the defensive line (discounting Brace's numbers and the numbers of guys that don't figure to be in the rotation much). $23 million out of $130 million doesn't seem like a lot, but there are other contracts to worry about and dedicating 17% of your entire payroll to 7 players is alot, when you only carry 53 into every game. Now, that being said, a good team is made so in the trenches, and I am a firm believer in paying your guys, keeping them, and staying strong there on both sides of the ball. If we can sign Wilfork to a nice 5-6 contract, I am all for it. The Patriots have been, under Belichick, great at making sure they get the most out of their money. This isn't going to be a Damien Woody, Deion Branch, Asante Samuel situation, where they just aren't going to pay the guy.

I like the idea of having a rotation of Seymour, Wilfork, Warren, Green, Wright and Brace. Keep everyone fresh, and like the Giants, stopping the run and putting pressue on the QB. So front office people in Foxboro, SIGN VINCE.
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