Based on reports coming out the league meetings in Orlando this week, I wouldn’t expect the Redskins proposal to move the kickoffs to the 40 to be passed. It doesn’t sound like there will be any alterations to kickoffs at this point. Given that, I do think the Patriots need to improve their kickoff return game. Leon Washington was signed with that in mind last year but it never worked out.
I have no problem if Patriots trade out of the 1st round if no worthy talent slips to them at 29. In fact it may be a prudent strategy as a team is gaining a year on a rookie contract by trading from 1st round to 2d. My concern is Bill outsmarting everyone again and picking someone like [Tavon] Wilson. Do you think that [Michael] Lombardi may have a real say in this year's draft?
I agree that there is a chance that trading out of the first round in this year’s draft might be sound strategy, but not for the reason you suggest. Rather, my logic for trading down would be due to the impressive depth of talent that supposedly exists in this year’s draft class. If it’s as deep and as good as everyone says, there is an argument for adding more players in the second or third rounds who could have an impact on success in the near and long-term future. If the right guy/guys aren’t there at No. 29, a trade down in this group might not be the worst thing in the world. As for Lombardi, I’m sure he’ll have a voice in the process leading up to the draft and maybe even on draft day. He has a long working relationship and friendship with Belichick. That should bring some working rapport and comfort. But in the end, I think Belichick will still make all the decisions that he feels are right. Lombardi will just be another experienced, trusted mind in the process.
I may be wrong – and if I am I’ll get bombarded with emails telling me I am – but I don’t recall saying I was against New England going after Browner. My only concern early in the process was that the team would add Browner as a replacement for Aqib Talib and sell him as a No. 1 cornerback. But the way things worked out, with Browner fighting for the spot opposite true No. 1 cornerback
If DeSean Jackson was to be cut, do you think he would take a 1-year "prove it" deal with the Patriots?
No, I don’t. Jackson seems to be a guy very much driven by ego, status and money, with a huge emphasis on the latter. He’s a true diva playmaker – with all the good and bad that comes with that. If he hits the open market I think he’ll have a ton of options and won’t be looking for a short-term, short-money, prove-it deal. But I guess I could be wrong. I just don’t have much interest in Jackson.
Any idea what the Pats plans are to fill the center position? It's a huge hole, both literally and figuratively, yet to be addressed. If I were Brady I'd be feeling a bit uncomfortable.
My guess would be that there is a chance that later in the process free agent
Everything I have heard regarding
Great work guys, why is the talk centering around Vince is about releasing him, why not look into trading him if he won't redo his contract, does he have a no trade clause?
With DTs A. Armstead and T. Kelly getting back healthy and the rookies Jones and Vellano playing well in their first season, do you think trading V. Wilfork and getting some additional picks in the draft is a good idea. If so what position do you see the Pats going after first or do you think BB might trade out the first round?
In theory, if a contract alteration can’t be worked out with Wilfork, then a trade might be a great idea. Unfortunately it’s not realistic. I don’t think there would be much interest on the trade market for a 33-year-old nose tackle coming off a torn Achilles who has a salary of around $8 million. Call me crazy, but I just can’t see teams lining up for that contract. Certainly no team would be willing to give up anything other than a late-round pick, and even that is a pie-in-the-sky dream of finding a team that would trade for Wilfork with an eye on re-doing his contract. Rather, those teams would just wait for the Patriots to release Wilfork, if that’s what this comes to, and sign him as a free agent to a more realistic deal at this point in his career/recovery process.
Harrison has intrigued me since the day he signed with New England. At 6-3, 230 he’s certainly a somewhat unique build for a receiver. Many thought in the draft process that his future was indeed as more of an H-back type. But we never got to see him practice last summer. So I really have no idea about his skills other than his report coming out of Rutgers where he finished his career with consecutive 44-catch seasons, totaling 15 touchdowns over two years. I see tight end as a huge need for New England given Gronkowski’s health and inability to stay on the field. Harrison, at best, would be a move tight end in the mold of Aaron Hernandez. But it’s not realistic to really count on Harrison being much of anything at this point. While the team has more information on him than we do, I think it would be a bit much to assume he’s just going to take over a reliable role on the offense. So I still see tight end as a need that warrants early draft consideration.
With all the free agent and cap space talk this time of year. I thought I read somewhere that the NFL may give the Patriots some cap relief when it comes to the $7.5 million that Aaron Hernandez counts for against the cap. Is there any possibility of that? And when would it happen.
There is certainly a possibly of a cap credit. But my understanding is that such a cap credit may not come for quite a while down the road as the legal process works itself out. I also have been led to believe that as far as cap credits go, and getting as much cap money back as possible, that the second case that Hernandez has been reportedly linked to in Boston a year prior to the one he was arrested for has an even greater bearing on the overall process that could play out with the league. And he’s yet to be reported as anything other than an alleged suspect in that investigation, so that case is even further from a conclusion. So it could be quite some time before we get a resolution on Hernandez’ cap charges.
Is there any chance
So with Revis coming to NE, what are the chances he has a discussion with Adrian Wilson about number 24?
Greetings from Texas! Does anybody have a clue how or if Adrian Wilson will be incorporated into the rotation at SS? Everybody was so excited about him last season, and I'm hearing next to nothing about him this year. #PatriotsNation
I have serious doubts as to whether Wilson will be with the Patriots come training camp, never mind have a role in the safety rotation. I’m actually a little surprised that he’s still on the roster at this point. He didn’t look very good at all last summer, even before the hamstring injury late that landed him on IR. Then, according to his own Twitter account, tore his Achilles at some point. So he’s an already slowing 34-year-old safety who missed all of last season. I just don’t see him as a good fit moving forward. I will be stunned if Revis doesn’t wear No. 24 in New England.
I think AJ McCarron from ‘Bama would be a great 3r- round pickup. Reminds me of Brady, what's your thoughts on AJ?
I’m not as in love with McCarron as some other people are, but he certainly could be an option as a mid-round developmental prospect for the Patriots. Hard to question his winning ways and overall leadership at Alabama playing under FOB (Friend of Belichick) Nick Saban. Personally I don’t see him having high-end NFL upside. He looks to me more like a bottom-half to bottom-third starter in the league, or quality backup. I think the next quarterback the Patriots go get should be seen as the potential heir to Brady. I can’t see McCarron as that.
I’ll start with the unbelievable meat of this question first. Sorry, it would make a good story but the Patriots never passed up Watt. He went to the Texans with the 11th overall pick in 2011. New England had the 17th pick in that draft, and selected
Do you think that if Wilfork wants to leave we might be able to make a good trade for DeSean Jackson addressing our deep threat problem? Then in the first round who do you think would be more likely to get picked up a TE or a defensive position like MLB or DT? Thanks for your time. Huge pats fan love what you guys do.
I don’t see much of a chance that the Eagles would trade Wilfork for Jackson, and take on Wilfork’s $8 million salary. It just wouldn’t seem to make much sense. I also don’t think too many teams, including the Patriots, would trade for Jackson’s $10 million salary. In the end, it sounds as if the only way that either player might/will be with another team in 2014 is if they are each given their release. As for the draft, I have targeted tight end and safety as the top two needs. Given how the prospects are shaking out, I think it might be best to take a tight end in the first round (Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Jace Amaro) and then grab a safety in the second (I love Deone Bucannon as a perfect fit for the Patriots).
Hey guys, with Wilfork at the back end of his career or potentially off the roster could you see the Patriots doing what the Panthers did in last year's draft and doubling down on defensive tackles in rounds 1 and 2. Tommy Kelly isn't getting any younger and I also don't see a need to go tight end in the 2nd round if the big 3 are off the board (Ebron, Amaro, ASJ,) and there are proven vets still available via free agency be it Owen Daniels or Jermichael Finley. Love the show, keep up the good work.
The only idea I like less than taking a defensive tackle in the first round for the Patriots would be taking defensive tackles with the team’s top two picks in the draft. I just don’t see the value in that position at this point to warrant such a massive investment on a team that still has other needs to fill. While I’m not arguing to force a tight end selection if the value isn’t there, and would be a bit dismayed if all the guys you mentioned are gone, I’m also not willing to count on damaged veterans to fill the void. We already have an injury concern with Gronkowski. I might be inclined to take a flier on Daniels, but not Finley. He has too many medical red flags and may never be healthy enough to play again.
So... the Pats will obviously be looking at the safety position this year in the draft. With the obvious family ties, what are the odds we see the Pats take a chance on someone like Brock Vereen? Seems like he's got decent coverage skills, and he'll throw some nice hits every now and then. And if I'm not mistaken, he has the ability to play corner if necessary... could be a nice addition to the "Legion of Belichick."
I haven’t seen much of Vereen play, but his scouting report is as a versatile guy who could play safety or nickel back. He’s a lower-round projection, though. So even if he were to join his brother in New England I don’t think it would be seen as the solution to the team’s issues at safety. It would be more as a special teams type and rotational backup, at least early on. He does have interesting speed, with a 4.47 at 6-0, 199 pounds.
Andy, how do you feel about Patriots acquiring Mike Glennon from Tampa? He's tall, accurate, and has mobility in the pocket.
Given the regime change in Tampa Bay and the signing of Josh McCown, Glennon could be on the way out just a year into his career. I wasn’t wowed by him when we saw him in training camp practices in Foxborough last year, but he wasn’t terrible, either. He had a solid season as a rookie. He certainly has more experience at this point than
With the news of Philly shopping DeSean Jackson could it be possible the Patriots trade Amendola and a 3rd-round pick for Jackson?
Hey guys- always love your comments- helps to keep me sane out here in the desert. We have all heard that Amendola will cost as much whether he is released or kept on the roster. But what about a trade? I know his value might be a question, but how does it affect the cap if at all? I also saw that the Patriots are vying for DeSean Jackson; Is he really worth a draft pick? And would the Pats take over his contract? If he comes to N.E., whom do you see as most likely expendable?
Hi from India. Heard that DeSean Jackson might be traded due to some issues. If he is, do you guys see the Patriots trading for him? He's only 27 and in his prime. He'd be a great fit here.
Factually the Patriots certainly could trade Amendola and a third-round pick for Jackson. Philly was reportedly looking for a third-round pick for Jackson. And if you recall the Eagles supposedly had interest in Amendola last spring in free agency. For cap purposes, trading Amendola is really no different than cutting him. It would remove his salary from the Patriots cap, but the dead money would remain. My bigger issue, as I said previously, is that I think Jackson can be a real dog on and off the field and that he’s not nearly worth his $10 million salary. But if that weren’t an issue, then the trade suggestions are ridiculous. I just don’t see it happening at this point.
With the draft coming up and free agency mostly with only depth players, do you see the mighty Patriots drafting Haggeman out of Missouri to replace Wilfork? I think there is enough depth in the draft to pick up a tight end in the 2nd round. Just thoughts. Thanks guys.
Ra’Shede Hageman is a defensive tackle out of Minnesota. He’s considered a late first-round pick or maybe a second-round selection. He’s got a build of 6-6, 310 pounds, in the mold of Richard Seymour. I’m not sure at that height he’s an ideal replacement at nose tackle for the 6-2 fire hydrant that is Wilfork. Hageman is more a tackle/end tweener who might work better in the 3-4 as a 5-technique end. I’m must not in love with the idea of taking a tackle in the first round. Even then, I don’t think Hageman is the guy I’d select even if that were the case.
To turn a slight spin on Kevin Garnett’s famous quote, “Anything is plausible!” Caserio and McDaniels obviously have strong ties to New England, and the former college football teammates clearly have a pretty impressive working and personal relationship. So seeing them as the duo in charge of any team, including the Patriots, isn’t crazy. Two things, though. First, I’m not sure that Brady and Belichick are ready to walk away, even in a couple years. Second, if they do, the replacement(s) in the front office will be decided by Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and no one else. I’m not sure that they would be willing to sign off on some long-term succession plan at this point and tie their hands in terms of the future of the franchise. So, your idea isn’t crazy. I just don’t think it’s the present reality, either. More likely is that both McDaniels and Caserio saw opportunities with other teams that just lacked the stability and potential for success that they were looking for at this point in their careers. Hard to argue that perceived view, as both the Browns and the Dolphins seem like pretty poorly run franchises from afar.
Who are we looking at for TE's this year? And we should consider Colt Lyerla, he's just like Aaron Hernandez!
I’m sure the Patriots are looking at all the tight ends in the draft. Lyerla is an interesting talent, with skills that in some ways are pretty similar to what Hernandez brought to an offense. Of course he also has a number of red flags after leaving the Oregon program during the middle of last season and then being arrested for cocaine. Given the recent history of the Patriots with Hernandez, I’d be stunned if the team drafted Lyerla, even if physically he’s an intriguing talent who might fit well in the team’s offense.
Do you think there is any chance the Pats might go after Andre Williams. The mock drafts I've seen have him available at 29. I know that RB is not an area of extreme need but I think he is a rare talent. Ridley is coming to the end of his contract and has ball management questions. Blount is not re-signed at this time and is limited in some ways.
No team will be going after Williams in the first round, and probably not in the first half of the draft. He had a great season at B.C. but is considered a mid-round talent. He’s a pretty big back with decent speed and great production. His quickness has been questioned, and he has virtually no value at this point in the passing game. I don’t think Williams is a rare talent, but he would be an interesting late-round pick to add to a committee backfield. I don’t expect that to be with the Patriots, but you never know.
Hey PFW!! I have a draft related question for you guys. Because San Francisco has stock piled a lot of picks. Would you trade down with the Patriots 1st Round Pick (29 overall) for their two 2nd round picks (56 and 61) and three 7th round picks (242, 243 and 245)? I did the math for each picks "point value" and it is an even trade (640-641.8). Then the Patriots have more ammunition later to trade up into the 4th/5th round.
As I said earlier, trading down will clearly be an option in a deep draft. Having multiple second-round picks in such a draft is interesting. But I’m still not in love with the idea. I also certainly have little interest in loading up on seventh-round picks. I think the Patriots have a very young roster already, and adding all those seventh-round selections is of little value to the team. I still think the Patriots need impact playmakers in a few different spots. I’d prefer to make those picks earlier in the draft rather than later. That would include the second round, not just the first. But for all the David Givens and
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