By: Ian Logue
As if the Patriots don’t have enough questions on their offensive line, the Boston Herald reported last night that the team will be parting ways with offensive lineman Nick Kaczur.
According to the newspaper the team approached the seven-year veteran about taking a massive pay-cut based on his impending salary of $3.4 million for 2011, citing a source. Kaczur reportedly refused.
Kaczur was injured last season during training camp and despite hopes on a return, ended up on injured reserve. This lead to the team ending up very thin up front, especially with Logan Mankins holding out during the early part of the season. Fans saw Dan Connolly filling in and doing an admirable job, but he later stepped aside when Mankins came back and we saw the disgruntled veteran go on to have a Pro Bowl season.
The team is already facing plenty of questions. Left tackle Matt Light is a free agent, and the team placed the franchise tag on Logan Mankins but he’s yet to sign it. Most believe that even if he does, we could see a repeat of last year where he’ll holdout until he absolutely has to report. Granted all indications so far are that they want to keep him here and work out a long-term deal, but to this point things haven’t sounded positive judging by his agent’s comments last week.
How that plays out remains to be seen, as everything for now is pointing toward a potential work-stoppage as the March 3rd deadline approaches.