Burgess' Indecision Leaves Patriots in a Tough Spot

Ian Logue
August 02, 2010 at 10:08am ET

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Derrick Burgess is still not in Foxboro as he continues contemplating retirement, and the tough part is he's left his team in a difficult spot.

Listening to his comments over the past several days, it's pretty obvious that head coach Bill Belichick didn't see this coming. Burgess had obviously worked out during the offseason at OTA's, and as the coaching staff looked at each of those players and started working on different schemes, clearly he was part of the plan for 2010. It seems that his coach was blindsided, leaving them looking for potential replacement during a time where it's difficult to replace a guy who was expected to be in the starting line-up in just over a month when the season starts.

Burgess has left his team in a tough spot as he continues contemplating his future. (PHOTO: Icon/SMI)
Unfortunately with the expanded roster every team has during training camp, free agents are slim at this point, making it very difficult to bring in a replacement until teams start cutting players. Their first attempt came yesterday when they worked out former Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, but according to published reports they were undecided on signing him.

That indecison apparently lead to instead signing two offensive players this morning, which now makes you wonder if they're going to wait things out with Burgess. Belichick didn't offer much this morning during his press conference, and says that he still has no idea what the veteran plans on doing.

“I would describe it as I don’t know,” Belichick told reporters when asked to describe what he thought Burgess' plans were. “We’ve spoken, but where it’s at, I don’t know. I don’t think he knows either.”

So for now Burgess remains in limbo until he makes a decision. Hopefully it comes soon so the team can either add him to the mix or move on without him.