Troy Brown has been one of my favorite Pats.
But there comes a time when that 1.5mill or so can be invested in a younger player that will be here longer. A 1.5mill first year cap hit brings a pretty good quality FA.
If you spend too much of the cap on aging players in their last year or so, you have money and roster spots taken up that could go to younger players who will develop.
In other words, that 1.5mill and roster spot may mean Troy Brown this year, or someone else who is starting from 07-09.
Of course there needs to be a balance, and Ive advocated since 2001, that this team needs to lean toward today, because they are competing for Championships. The question needs not to be how bad would we feel if Troy Brown is gone, but would he contribute more to the effort to win SB XLI than the player(s) who would take his cap space and roster spot. Not to mention what that guy(s) would contribute in the future.
Troy Brown is going to spend 40+ years of his life as an ex-Patriot. Im not concerned over whether that starts in 06 or 07. The decision needs to be the one that allows us to win.
Troy played in 2005 for a cap hit of $800K ($765K salary and $35K signing bonus. I doubt he'd be expecting more a year later. And at that price, given our spotty history with WR's and DB's, he still represents excellent value. I imagine the decision is his (albeit as always subject to his and everyone elses performance in TC).
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