Here's how I see the offseason playing out. There really isn't much that can be done to improve this season with this years crop of FAs. The object of this offseason is to fill in small holes and GET YOUNGER on defense. The defense has gotten slower every year since the Superbowl in 2004.
The Patriots need to concentrate on adding some veterans to replace some retired or aging vets from last season. Heres who I think they should get
WR - Justin McCarreins
If the Patriots can't re-sign Gaffney I think they go after McCarreins. He's a big guy who can go over the middle. Had some good years with the Jets and Titans. With Moss and Welker on the field with him he should be even better.
WR - Sam Aiken
Sam Aiken is already signed. I think he's mostley going to be a special teamer along with Kelly Washington.
CB/S - Matt Ware
Have always liked this guy since he was drafted. Can play both FS and CB which is great because he can switch along with Merriwether. He'd be a solid starting FS or 3rd corner back.
LB - T.J Slaughter
T.J Slaughter was already signed. Should improve special teams and adds veteran value at inside Linebacker relief
LB - Boss Bailey
Fast guy whose got great hands. Should compete for starting OLB alongside Vrable or will be a value to have in a solid ration of LBs
DT - Grady Jackson
Played well in the playoffs for the Jags. He's huge and would help relieving Vince so the pats can stay in a 3-4 without tiring out Wilfork.
Trade Patriots Trade #7, #62, and a R7 pick to the Ravens for #8, #38
The Ravens really want QB Matt Ryan and NE is considering trading out for another offer. The Ravens pull the gun and the Pats get better draft picks.
Trade Patriots Trade #38 and a R6 pick to the Dolphins for #32
The Patriots say F You to Roger Goodale and asks Parcells to do him a solid. Parcells obliges for the extra pick and grins alongside BB.
Round 1 #8 OLB Vernon Gholston, Ohio State
Theres no value in CB's at this pick and with a need at young LBs the pats cant say no to Gholstons speed and natural ability to take over a game. The mans a freak, especially alongside Vrable Bruschi and Thomas.
Round 2 #38 CB Aquib Talib, Kansas
In my honest opinion all the CBs in this draft are exchangable and the pats trade up to get the last top tier CB left in the draft. Should compete for the #2 or 3 job.
Round 3 #69 OT Tony Hills, Texas
Adds depth at Tackle and possible starter
Round 3 #94 TE Brad Cottam, Tennessee
Depth at TE
Round 4 #125 CB Tyvonn Branch, Connecticut
Depth at CB
QB Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, Ricky Gutierrez
RB Lawrence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk
FB Heath Evans
TE Ben Watson, Dave Thomas, Brad Cottam
WR Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Justin McCarriens, Chad Jackson, Sam Aiken, Kelly Washington
OT Matt Light, Nick Kaczer, Tony Hills, Ryan OCallaghan, Wesley Britt
OG Logan Mankins, Steven Neal, Russ Hochstein
C Dan Koppen
Players - 25
DE Ty Warren, Richard Seymore, Jarvis Green, Le Kevin Smith
DT Vince Wilfork, Grady Jackson, Rashad Moore
OLB Mike Vrable, Vernon Gholston, Boss Bailey
ILB Adalius Thomas, Teddy Bruschi, Eric Alexander, T.J Slaughter, Larry Izzo
CB Ellis Hobbs, William James, Aquib Talib, Tyvonn Branch, Antwann Spann
FS Brandon Meriwether, Matt Ware
SS Rodney Harrison, James Sanders, Willie Andrews
Players - 25
K Steven Gostkowski
P Second day draft pick
LS Lonnie Paxton
Players - 3