The Free-Agent Countdown, 50 to 1

My picks for the top players on the market, and where they best fit

By
Greg A. Bedard
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It's hard to imagine the Saints allowing Jimmy Graham to hit the market, though the two sides reportedly are 'millions apart' in negotiating new contract. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
It’s hard to imagine the Saints allowing Jimmy Graham to hit the market, though the two sides reportedly are ‘millions apart’ in negotiating new contract. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Part I of the top 2014 free-agent players available, which ranks 100-51, can be found here.

50. Vincent Rey

50-vincent-reyLB, Cincinnati (Age 26)

The restricted free agent was undrafted and has risen to the point where he had a couple monster games in ’13, including a three-sack effort vs. Ravens. Best fit: Bengals. They should be able to keep him, but if they get cheap there will be a lot of interest.

49. Justin Tuck          

49-justin-tuckEdge, New York Giants (Age 31)

After having nine sacks over the previous two seasons, Tuck had 11 in a contract year. He ranked 23rd in The MMQB Pressure Points, behind fellow UFAs Brian Orakpo (7th), Greg Hardy (9th) and Michael Bennett (10th). Best fit: Buccaneers. Gerald McCoy needs help.

48. Tarell Brown    

48-tarell-brownCB, San Francisco (Age 29)

A long-underrated performer in the 49ers’ secondary, Brown might command more of the spotlight if a team can overlook how he played with a rib injury late last season: Best fit: 49ers. They might find a way to keep Brown in the fold.

47. Charles Tillman                 

47-charles-tillmanCB, Chicago (Age 33)

The NFL’s reigning Man of the Year for his off-field efforts is known for being tough. Even at his age, teams always are looking to add players like that. Best fit: Bears. Things are shaky in that secondary, but Lovie Smith could make a play in Tampa.

46. Donald Butler  // Signed, SD

46-donald-butlerLB, San Diego (Age 25)

Didn’t have a great season in ’13, but Butler was a good player the previous two seasons. His battle with injuries will keep the price tag down. Best fit: Chargers. The scheme seems to be a fit but could he be better in a 4-3?

45. Michael Vick      

45-michael-vickQB, Philadelphia (Age 34)

By far the best free-agent QB, but at his age and the way he plays, time is ticking. He’ll never be consistent from the pocket, but he still can make plays with his feet. Best fit: Raiders. Depending on whom they draft, Vick could grab the starting role.

44. Geoff Schwartz  // Signed, NYG

44-geoff-schwartzG, Kansas City (Age 28)

Got a chance to start when Jon Asamoah was injured and never gave up the job. Schwartz is a good pass blocker, decent in the run game and can play tackle. Best fit: Giants. They need an almost total rebuild of the line.

43. Knowshon Moreno         

43-knowshon-morenoRB, Denver (Age 27)

A good all-around back who can pass protect and is relatively young with low miles (1,002 career touches). Running backs are never going to get big money in free agency. Best fit: Browns. They have plenty of cap space and a need.

42. Clinton McDonald // Signed, TB         

42-clinton-mcdonaldInterior DL, Seattle (Age 27)

An unsung hero for the Seahawks’ defensive line (13th in Pressure Points), McDonald would be a good addition for a 4-3 team needing a three technique off the guard. Best fit: Bears. Would be a good scheme fit, and they need help.

41. Willie Young // Signed, CHI

41-willie-youngEdge, Detroit (Age 28)

Teams not wanting to pay a big price for the top rushers should look to Young, who was overshadowed in Detroit but very effective rushing the passer. Best fit: Titans. They need more edge pressure to help DT Jurrell Casey.

40. Golden Tate // Signed, DET      

40-golden-tateWR, Seattle (Age 26)

Tate is really starting to come on as a multi-dimensional receiver. Had 64 catches for 898 yards. He’s outstanding after the catch and is a top punt returner. Best fit: Ravens. Would be a nice complement to Torrey Smith.

39. Chad Rinehart  // Signed, SD

39-chad-rinehartG, San Diego (Age 29)

Battled a toe injury in 2013 but showed he’s still the same good player he was with the Bills. Would be a good, low-cost signing for team needing toughness inside. Best fit: Falcons. Giants, Dolphins, Browns, Bears, Colts and Rams also looking for interior help

38. Jason Hatcher  

38-jason-hatcherInterior DL, Dallas (Age 32)

A move to the 4-3 and three technique was a boon for Hatcher, who put up a career-high 11 sacks and was one of top interior linemen in the league. Best fit: Falcons. They think they’re close, which means a need for instant rush from the interior.

37. Ben Tate               

37-ben-tateRB, Houston (Age 26)

The top free-agent back with size (5-11, 217) and speed, Tate should have some suitors, but no team will be banging the door for a running back. Best fit: Browns. Their running back position is wide open, and they have cash to spend.

36. Henry Melton   

36-henry-meltonInterior DL, Chicago (Age 27)

Was starting to become a dominating presence on the interior when he was tagged in ’13, but he tore his ACL in Week 3 and was arrested after a bar fight in December. Look for a one-year deal. Best fit: Bears. They need help inside and know what they have in Melton.

35. Daryl Smith        

35-daryl-smithILB, Baltimore (Age 32)

Finally given a chance outside of Jacksonville, Smith held the Ravens’ defense together after the retirement of Ray Lewis. Slumped against the run, but he’s a heady three-down linebacker. Best fit: Ravens. He looked like a natural fit in that scheme.

34. Karlos Dansby  // Signed, CLE

34-karlos-dansbyILB, Arizona (Age 32)

Played at an All-Pro level after leaving Miami. Was terrific against the run and pass. Teams will have to figure out when he starts to go downhill. Best fit: Cardinals. Pairing Dansby with Daryl Washington for another season makes too much sense.

33. Sam Shields // Signed, GB     

33-sam-shieldsCB, Green Bay (Age 26)

Has youth, size, length, speed and playmaking ability. His focus comes and goes on the field, and there’s some concern about how he’ll react to big money. Best fit: Chargers. If they can’t get one of the top corners, Shields would be a good option.

32. Everson Griffen // Signed, MIN                 

32-everson-griffenEdge, Minnesota (Age 26)

Had to sit behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison with the Vikings, but the 6-3, 273-pound Griffen is no secret. He can play anywhere up front, including as a standup OLB. Best fit: Vikings. With Jared Allen likely gone, Vikings need to retain Griffen.

31. Emmanuel Sanders        

31-emmanuel-sandersWR, Pittsburgh (Age 27)

Caught 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns as a restricted free agent after Patriots made a run. Has inside-outside versatility and is very good with the ball in his hand. Best fit: Jets. They could help themselves and keep him away from New England.

30. Malcolm Jenkins // Signed, PHI             

30-malcolm-jenkinsFS, New Orleans (Age 26)

Hasn’t quite lived up to being the 14th overall pick in 2009. He’s been a solid, versatile player but hasn’t stood out in any facet of the game. Potential is still there. Best fit: Eagles. They have to get more dynamic in the back end.

29. Dennis Pitta // Signed, BAL    

29-dennis-pittaTE, Baltimore (Age 29)

Wasn’t quite the same player when he returned late last season from hip surgery, but pre-injury Pitta was entering his prime as a pass-catching tight end. Best fit: Ravens. They desperately need him, even if it means placing the franchise tag on him.

28. Paul Soliai // Signed, ATL          

28-paul-soliaiInterior DL, Miami (Age 30)

One of the few pure nose tackles on the open market, and he’s been a very good player against the run and rushing the passer. Could have a bunch of suitors. Best fit: Chargers. Getting a physical presence in the middle of that defense would help immensely.

27. Randy Starks // Signed, MIA    

27-randy-starksInterior DL, Miami (Age 30)

Starks has been one of my favorite players to watch on film. He doesn’t look flashy, but he consistently gets the job done in all facets of the game. Best fit: Falcons. He would instantly add some teeth to the middle of the line and make others better.

26. Anquan Boldin // Signed, SF

26-anquan-boldinWR, San Francisco (Age 33)

Tremendous physical receiver who is at his best in big games. If this was strictly for the postseason, he’d be near the top. But he’s aging and limited a bit in middle of the field. Best fit: 49ers. Colin Kaepernick needs weapons, especially against physical Seahawks.

25. Arthur Jones // Signed, IND

25-arthur-jonesInterior DL, Baltimore (Age 28)

Has really come on the past two seasons to be a top-notch run defender who can bring a little bit to the pass rush. Jones seems to be getting better and is relatively young. Best fit: Dolphins. If Randy Starks doesn’t return, getting younger could be a plus.

24. Donte Whitner // Signed, CLE

24-donte-whitnerSS, San Francisco (Age 29)

Has a habit of being in the wrong place at a bad time (Seattle’s fourth-down score in NFC title game), but instantly brings a hard-hitting attitude. Best fit: Bears. Pairing Whitner with a drafted safety could give Chicago a better chance against Aaron Rodgers.

23. Eric Decker // Signed, NYJ    

23-eric-deckerWR, Denver (Age 27)

Put up great stats the past two seasons with Peyton Manning, but he’s not a No. 1. Physical teams controlled him. He’s best when paired opposite another top WR. Best fit: Raiders. They have plenty of cap space and can weaken their division rival.

22. Antoine Bethea // Signed, SF                

22-antoine-betheaSS, Indianapolis (Age 30)

Another film favorite who fills the run with the best of them. Extremely durable (hasn’t missed a game since ’07) but you have to wonder how long that continues at his age. Best fit: Colts. He’s the stud strong safety they need; still will have to find a true free safety.

21. Chris Clemons // Agreed, JAX

21-chris-clemonsFS, Miami (Age 28)

An underrated, underappreciated player in the Dolphins secondary, Clemons should get the chance to flourish elsewhere. He can play both safety spots. Best fit: Eagles. They’re looking at wholesale changes in the back, and he shouldn’t break the bank.

20. Hakeem Nicks  

20-hakeem-nicksWR, New York Giants (Age 26)

If these ratings were purely my own feeling on free agents who will pay off big, Nicks would be near the top. He’s a legitimate No. 1 and still young. But he’s been beat up, and that’s a big issue. Best fit: Rams. They need somebody proven on the outside.

19. Vontae Davis // Signed, IND   

19-vontae-davisCB, Indianapolis (Age 26)

His career rebounded after the trade from Miami and he was one of the top CBs in the league last year. He was injured in the postseason and couldn’t sustain. Best fit: Colts. They have the cap space and not many other options.

18. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie   

18-d-rodgers-cromartieCB, Denver (Age 28)

Just look at the regular-season game against New England, before and after his injury, to gauge the effect he had on Denver’s defense. Questions about his attitude linger. Best fit: Broncos. Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger. DRC is the best they have.

17. Aqib Talib // Signed, DEN           

17-aqib-talibCB, New England (Age 28)

An unquestioned passion for the game and shutdown ability, but he’s never played 16 games and his off-field problems aren’t that far removed. Best fit: Patriots. Both sides are comfortable with him there, and other teams might be reluctant to give him a big deal.

16. Lamarr Houston // Signed, CHI              

16-lamarr-houstonEdge, Oakland (Age 27)

A rare blend of size, strength and speed makes him a load to handle at the point of attack. Can play standup OLB, DE and DT. Right fit might be 4-3 tackle. Best fit: Bucs. They could use help at left end and tackle next to Gerald McCoy. Houston could man either spot.

15. Brent Grimes // Signed, MIA

15-brent-grimesCB, Miami (Age 31)

At his age, he’s looking at his final big contract and after a one-year prove-it deal in Miami, he should get it. He was terrific in man and zone and had 14 passes defensed and four INTs. Best fit: Dolphins. He’s a building block in that defense, and both sides want to deal.

14. T.J. Ward // Signed, DEN             

14-tj-wardSS, Cleveland (Age 27)

The best physical safety in free agency, Ward should have his share of suitors after the past two Super Bowl champions (Baltimore, Seattle) were keyed by hard-hitting defenses. Best fit: Browns. Hard to see them letting him leave with so much cap space available.

13. Jared Veldheer // Signed, ARI                  

13-jason-veldheerOT, Oakland (Age 27)

Played final five games after triceps surgery and wasn’t his best, but showed in 2011-12 that he’s a good left tackle. Best fit: Raiders. Veldheer wants to stay but was frustrated by lack of progress. That’s how GM Reggie McKenzie does it, just like mentor Ted Thompson.

12. Jason Worilds  // Transition tag

12-jason-worildsEdge, Pittsburgh (Age 26)

Finally got a chance to play every down when Lamarr Woodley was injured. He showed a knack for getting to the passer, and there is a dearth of 3-4 OLBs in free agency. Best fit: Eagles. Suitors will line up for Worilds. He’d bring instant impact opposite Trent Cole.

11. Brian Orakpo // Franchise tag  

11-brian-orakpoEdge, Washington (Age 28)

After missing most of 2012 with a pec injury, Orakpo returned and showed he could be a well-rounded OLB instead of just a stud pass rusher. Will he hit the market? Best fit: Redskins. Hard to see Washington, which has cap space, letting Orakpo go free.

10. Linval Joseph // Signed, MIN   

10-linval-josephInterior DL, New York Giants (Age 25)

An emerging DT in a 4-3 scheme, Joseph also appeals to 3-4 teams looking for a nose or end to play both gaps. Joseph gives teams options, so he’ll be popular. Best fit: Redskins. You’d think the Giants will try to retain him, but if they don’t, Redskins could pounce.

9. Alterraun Verner // Signed, TB             

09-alterraun-vernerCB, Tennessee (Age 25)

Teams are drooling over his age and talent. He hasn’t yet been a top cover corner, but other teams think that’s coming soon. Best fit: Rams. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams just coached him in Tennessee, and Cortland Finnegan could be on his way out.

8. Eugene Monroe // Signed, BAL                

08-eugene-monroeOT, Baltimore (Age 27)

Stood out down the stretch after being acquired from Jaguars and has been a consistent performer. The eighth overall pick in 2009 has age on his side. Best fit: Dolphins. The top two tackles, Monroe and Branden Albert, will find homes in Miami or Arizona.

7. Branden Albert // Signed, MIA                

07-branden-albertOT, Kansas City (Age 29)

Is two years older than Monroe and has dealt with some injuries of late, but teams view him as a more proven commodity at this stage. Teams needing a left tackle will be lining up. Best fit: Cardinals. They’ve been looking for a left tackle. It’s time to land one.

6. Jairus Byrd // Signed, NO        

06-jairus-byrdFS, Buffalo (Age 27)

Tremendous safety who makes plays all over the field. With so many teams relying on a single-high safety, there aren’t many out there who fit the bill this side of Earl Thomas. Byrd is one. Best fit: Colts. They desperately need a true safety to make the defense go. 

5. Alex Mack // Transition tag         

05-alex-mackC, Cleveland (Age 28)

He’s long been one of the best centers blocking for the run, and he’s steadily improved as a pass blocker. If he hits the open market, Mack will have a line of suitors. Best fit: Browns. They have a ton of cap room. Why would they ever let him leave?

4. Michael Johnson // Signed, TB            

04-michael-johnsonEdge, Cincinnati (Age 27)

The franchise kept him off the market last season. Likely won’t happen again. He’s a physical freak at 6-7 and 260 pounds and tough against the run, but could improve as pass-rusher. Best fit: Vikings. New coach Mike Zimmer gives them an edge.

3. Michael Bennett // Signed, SEA

02-michael-bennettEdge, Seattle (Age 28)

 Was underrated in Tampa Bay, but that ended when he posted 8.5 sacks for the Seahawks and starred in their playoff run. His inside-outside versatility will entice. Best fit: Jags. Bennett didn’t play for Gus Bradley in Seattle, but there’s a scheme comfort there.

2. Jimmy Graham // Franchise tag

03-jimmy-grahamTE, New Orleans (Age 27)

Off-the-charts athletic ability makes him an impossible matchup all over the field. But despite not showing up against physical teams and being a liability in run blocking, he’ll still get paid. Best fit: Saints. There’s no way they let him go.

1. Greg Hardy  // Franchise tag       

01-greg-hardyEdge, Carolina (Age 26)

Just a terrific all-around end who busted through the shadow of fellow end Charles Johnson this season. Excellent pass rusher and might be even better against the run. He’s elite and young. Best fit: Panthers. They have some cap work to do, but they can’t let him go.

Click to read Robert Klemko’s Q&A with Hardy.

 

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badcyclist1
badcyclist1

This list is actually in random order, and they are waiting to see who the first person is to call them on it.  I win!

MarkATaylor
MarkATaylor

Dumb. Apparently the Broncos don't need any talent additions, just retain Roders-Cromatie and all will be well

Yeah right.

TTop3135
TTop3135

Over two days, 100 potential free agents were listed and not one was good fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers? I understand the cap troubles there but c'mon man.

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

wow according to this article like every player should go to about just 5 different teams

zmoney916
zmoney916

How can you forget Steve Hauschka Bedard?  He's so much better than Graham Gano?  I don't get it.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Nice. Denver has needs all over it's defense but the only best fit is it's own aging free agent, Shawn Phillips. And two different running backs are the best fit for the Browns, not one. Because, you know, they have twice the need of any other team that needs a running back. Good writing.

JackieAu
JackieAu

how is Seattle not the perfect fit for Michael Bennett but the jags are? makes no sense.

JayLandon64
JayLandon64

Even after resigning DHall, I think the Redskins need secondary help as badly as any team in football, and yet they aren't favored to grab any of the top secondary folk available, even though this offseason, they have as much or more cap space as any team in the League?  Interesting.

bfa2ak
bfa2ak

Really don't think Eugene Monroe leaves Baltimore. I think they'll work out a deal with either him or Pitta before the deadline and franchise the other, but if push comes to shove I think they tag Monroe over Pitta. Both are critical, but Pitta is more replaceable.

redplum0520
redplum0520

This is funny. You can find a player fit with the Bears in every five FA

raider0072
raider0072

rckymtn4 is keerect, the Raiders are drunken sailor after payday rich, and somehow, SOMEHOW they will f this up and be broke before midnight.  It's the Raider Way of NFL Business the last 10 years,  Hey Markie Davis will u please read this post please???????

MichaelMcKinley
MichaelMcKinley

Seahawks are dropping players to add money.  I suspect Tate will be back.  He wants to come back.  Bennett may be a tougher to retain but they'll try hard to get him and I suspect will also retain him. 

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

It is weird that the best fits for the top teams are mostly just to sign their own players. It doesn't seem to dawn on this writer that a good fit for many players is to play on a Super Bowl caliber team. I can totally see the Raiders signing Eric Decker though. The love to shovel #1 receiver money to #2 receivers.

J Diddy
J Diddy

Also, this might be the laziest article of all time. Of course most of these guys' best fit is on the team they're with. They've been playing in that system, and if they're worth a hoot they've built the system around them. How about reaching a little and telling us where their next best fit would be other than not moving at all?


And I'm no longer 100% convinced Graham is staying in New Orleans. He wants a poop ton of money and knows he'll get it from someone. And there are some interesting TE prospects in the draft this year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints take the Patriot's road and put their faith in their QB instead of paying a high price for the other skill position guys. (Is a TE considered a skill position these days?)

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

It appears that this is another lazy article written by the SI staff.  It was the same "Best Fit" for basically the same 5-10 teams.  The Chiefs and Steelers weren't a "Best Fit" for any player, not even their own.  Stupid article.

J Diddy
J Diddy

Not trying to play the race card (I'm caucasian, so I don't really get a card LOL), but it seems like every black QB that comes available is pegged as a fit with either the Raiders or the Eagles. And if a team (like the Jets) has a black QB, that's automatically where we want the older black QBs to go as a backup/mentor.


Maybe I'm crazy, but I think Vick is just as good of a fit for Cleveland, Houston, Minnesota, or any other team in dire straights at the QB position. Why the Raiders? Because Pryor QBed them last year?


I guess the Raiders could've publicly expressed interest in him and that's why, but it really seems like we go through this every year.

turdeatingraven
turdeatingraven

Not one FA is a best fit for the Steelers?  You're an idiot.

anon222
anon222

Think this article would be better suited if there was both a 'Best Fit', and 'Most Likely Destination'.

Spokanedad
Spokanedad

No way Bennett gets out of Seattle.  Ain't gonna happen.

villepeople
villepeople

The Jaguars have just about the most money to spend of any team and will be aggresive early. But nobody but Michael Bennett (out of the top 100 free agents) is a fit?

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

Raiders need to sign every single defensive FA available

LegendofRonWolfley
LegendofRonWolfley

Did D'Qwell hit the market too late for this article? Didn't see him in either list, but could be just timing. Or maybe he's not in the Top 100. But I doubt that.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Umm...no one's best fit is Jacksonville.  Not even the players already playing in Jacksonville.

JoshuaMcDaniel2
JoshuaMcDaniel2

The raiders want to get better at QB not worse Send vick to the jets....

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

A good accompanying article would be which teams have cap issues and which have the money to spend.

cbrents
cbrents

This article is a joke!  Kansas City needs WR's and D backs and none of these guys are a good fit for the Chiefs?  This guy has tunnel vision and seems to think the Browns are the best fit for a lot of them.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

So RBs are now expendable, no one cares, no one needs them, no one "will come knocking" for a RB?  RBs are that easily dismissed now?  Sure, it's a passing league, as the sports media likes to say over and over, but a good RB is still what every team wants.  All of the teams drafting these young QBs in a few months had better have a running game to take the pressure off the young guys or they'll find out just how important a good running back is to the team.

SolidStateMind
SolidStateMind

I love how so many commenters equate 'best fit' to 'will be going to'.  Here's a hint: it looks like (to the rational, at least) just where Bedard thinks that individual player would perform the best in the absence of other FA signings, so chill out already.

cyric29
cyric29

How is that the best fit for many players is there own team, but the Packers with plenty of cap room aren't the best fit for a single one of their FA's...specifically Sam Shields.

EvanWilliams
EvanWilliams

@J Diddy "Follow the Patriot's road" and let Graham go? The Patriots currently have the highest paid TE in the league.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

@turdeatingraven Steelers are in cap trouble, as in needs to make cuts.  They will be hard pressed to keep Saunders and Worilds little alone sign other high priced talent

JarodCook
JarodCook

@LegendofRonWolfley  Hit market to late article was probably already written. From a production stand point his #1 ILB, 4th on list with most total tackles over the last 2 seasons. Always around the ball, and never gives up till the whistle blows. But he's going to be 31 at the start of next season, so you got to wonder when wear/tear is going to catch up to him. 

villepeople
villepeople

@BosephHeyden  Yeah. Who would want to play/live in Florida, where there is near year-round nice weather and no state income tax. Must be torture.

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

@cbrents I noticed the exact same thing and can't agree more.  Waste of time article really

thedon923
thedon923

@cbrents  I began thinking the same thing as I read it. I thought "surely he'd mention one of KC's needs" but nope! Seems to list the same five teams

FranklinMint
FranklinMint

@AF Whigs  But good RBs are found all the time and much cheaper in the later parts of the draft these days, so it's getting less and less important to pay big money for them in FA.

FranklinMint
FranklinMint

@SolidStateMind  Exactly. For example, they have two LTs as the "best fit" for the Cardinals, but I don't believe that they're trying to suggest at all that the Cardinals will sign two top 100 LTs in FA. 


It's about each player and where their best fit might be, not a projected FA signing list.

KarmaRocket
KarmaRocket

@cyric29  He allowed Kuhn to stay yesterday, but agreed. It's ridiculous that a team with some glaring holes (as much as it pains me to admit) doesn't have ANY "best fit" options from other teams. Apparently Philly is the place to be. 

J Diddy
J Diddy

@EvanWilliams Looks like they franchised him, so we'll have to continue this debate next year. :)

J Diddy
J Diddy

@EvanWilliams Who never plays. That's worked out wonderfully for them. Do you think they regret letting Welker go or paying Gronk big $$$ to sit more? I'd wager the latter. 

J Diddy
J Diddy

@strayon  @EvanWilliams I should probably say that I don't think they truly regret either decision. The Pats have a way of doing business, and it has mostly worked out for them. It was time for Welker to move on, for both he and the franchise. But they do need to find a good replacement this year. There aren't enough playmakers on that offense at this point. And Gronk can't be counted on.

strayon
strayon

@J Diddy @EvanWilliams  Actually, I'm betting the Patriots aren't regretting a thing in terms of WW. I felt the NE offensive was getting way too predictable as every 3rd down was a pass to #83 (or so it seemed to me); he had become too much of a safety blanket.


Would Brady have liked to have had him? I am sure he would have. Did I like having him on the team? You bet... Do the Pats need more consistent/better receivers? Yup. So while this seems to contradict what I said at first, I am still glad he moved on and was successful.


I would like to see the Pats toughen up the D. Defense wins Super Bowls and the d-backs for the Pats are just too small (18-1 still hurts! ;-). I'm forgetting the two LARGE dbs on the Seahawks (not Sherman) but I would gladly see the Pats give up any three of their current dbs for those two...


But, I digress... When does training camp open???

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