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K. Washington update
Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff
February 22, 2008 10:59 AM
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Speck, the agent for WR Kelley Washington, said he plans to meet with Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli here at the combine. Washington would like to return to New England, and the Patriots are interested in retaining him. But the Patriots are not planning to pay Washington's $4 million option bonus, so if he returns, it would have to be as part of a new deal.
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Asante might price himself out of a winning future.
Yes, I know there are teams with a lot of cap money, but few of them are any good.
If the Patriots move quickly on a few players in the next few weeks, there will be no room for Asante even if his market value dips.
At that point, the bidding war for him will be tepid as management colludes (come on, we know they do) and passes info around on his highest offer.
He will DEFINITELY get his money, but it will come from a crappy team. AND, the money he will get will not be so much higher than what the Patriots were willing to pay him. Champ Bailey will receive a reality check when he sees Asante sign for $7.5 million max.
Don't close that door quite yet...I think it is pretty clear he will see what offers are out there and then give the Pats a chance to match (or come close).
I think the "last look" MO will apply here and we may be willing to come close to what we see.
Then again, I am sure there is an idiot team out there that will overpay for Assante and that will be that......unless, when it all comes to actually leaving, maybe, just maybe he will not be able to pull that trigger (grasping for straws here).
I'd love to have him back - but I not at cap killing price.
With Assante though, I thank him for the years here and he did it the right way - with class all the way.
Season ticket holder since 1971, first in section 209 and now in 134.
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