01-20-2011, 07:05 AM
Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Join Date: Oct 2006
Vet personnel moves that will and won't affect the draft
Unlikely to affect the draft much
Stephen Neal -- if he retires, he needs to be replaced. If he stays, his eventual replacement is still needed, and will probably start due to injury before the next season is out.
Matt Light -- he will only be allowed to leave if the Pats are comfortable with Vollmer and Kaczur starting
Kevin Faulk -- if he stays, it will be because the Pats created a new roster slot they haven't had for many years -- second scamperback.
Any vet FA RB -- could wind up replacing Morris more than Taylor, if somebody like Ingram looks appealing in the draft.
Likely to affect the draft significantly
Logan Mankins -- if he leaves, he needs to be replaced with an impact guy.
Brandon Meriweather -- if the rumors are right that he gets shipped out, look for another speedy safety type in the draft. If he stays, look for the Pats to invest in CB instead, hoping Arrington can take over his role.
Any semi-elite vet FA CB -- something is likely to be done to upgrade the CB position other than welcoming Bodden back. Signing a Champ Bailey or somebody is one way to do; the draft is another.
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