01-24-2013, 10:32 AM
Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Join Date: Feb 2007
Re: Predictions on who will or won't be back
Here is my take:
welker - I don't see us letting him go. Franchised and long term deal worked out.
edelman - He might decide to go for a bigger role but I think he would be wise to stay and continue what he has started. It took him four years to get real reps with this team (injuries slowed him down) but if he goes elsewhere and fails it is over for him if signs for a year or two here I think another team would give him one more shot after that. If the money is right he is out Punt returner and great depth at the WR position.
vollmer - This is a tough one as I think it comes down purely to money as he likely will get a large deal from someone but I think that someone could be us depending on what we think of Cannon. If they think Cannon can be a starter than it would be wise to use the money elsewhere and bring in cheaper depth if they dont think Cannon can start than they are as likely as any to pay him top dollar as we need Brady properly protected.
woodhead - Another tough one as he has been a perfect Patriot and no reason not to want him back except that we have 4 other RBs and while he wont get ridiculous money I think it will be just a touch to high considering what else we have.
hooman - stays - No reason not to. We will likely carry 4 again and he has shown to be a versatile and effective player for us. Ballard will be TE3 and Hooman TE4 with maybe a late round TE to compete with him.
talib - Another tough one but I think our need at CB, his time here, plus what the actual market will be for a troubled CB means we get the right price for him. And I think this gets done before FAency as both sides will see the logic.
chung - I think we move on clearly he was phased out and he will obviously want another shot at starting. I see him going to Philly.
arrington - I would be OK with bringing him back to be Nickle but we would need to find another CB for depth as I have no faith in him outside. In the end I think he would want a bigger role and another team would be willing to try. He wont get huge money but I think this is more about his role.
scott - This could either way. I think he proved to be a good back up and I see no reason we wouldn't bring him back but he might find better out in the market. Not sure where Cunningham plays into this as up until the suspension he was clearly behind Cunningham but if he passed him in the coaches eye I think that could be enough for him to like his role here.
pryor - no reason to bring back a player who cant play due to health.
As to the possibility of Lloyd being cut before the Roster bonus that would seem like a reasonable possibility but I think Lloyd showed just enough to still be worth it but this is more about continuity and depth. Above I assumed Welker would be back and with the TEs being healthy to start the year you really need very little by way of WR help. My plan would then be to draft a young kid with blazing speed to be the deep threat and being a rookie I think I would prefer to have a few players who have played with Tom. Plus he adds a level of balance to the team by where he attacks the D (outside the numbers in the intermediate area not overlapping Wes and Hernadez much).
I think you are doing your offense the best by having Wes, Lloyd, Edelman, Rookie WR. If you try and save on Wes or lloyd you have to replace them and you would practically be left with WRs with no experience working with Tom worked in 07 but what are the chances of finding that kind of skill again? I would assume stick with status quo and try and add the speedy deep threat as cheaply as possible and rely on health and Ballard to make the passing game better (which realistically you cant get much better we are talking more balanced and deeper not neccessarily more production).
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