Originally Posted by ayjackson
If the cost of bringing in a more expensive ILB is cutting Rosey, I would think seriously about doing that. Cutting Rosey outright would save $5.5m on the cap (less over a restructure). I prefer Adalius at OLB, in rotation with Vrabel and Woods. I couldn't help but picture Mitchell in a Pats uniform during the game. I don't know that he'll leave NY though.
I think AD's a better OLB than ILB, as well. The problem is NE's LB corp was obviously better with Colvin, AD, and Vrabel all on the field together. And, I think over the second half of the season he was severely missed, especially in the playoffs where he usually comes up big. AD's also a good ILB so it's not like he has to play at OLB to be effective.
Also, you're talking about taking almost a $2M cap hit if you cut him outright. I'd rather spend another $2-2.5M in cap to keep him around. I think they'll be able to get something done, and it's what makes the most sense at this point.
What I'm thinking about at LB:
1) Extend Colvin
2) Sign Hobson
3) Sign Mitchell
4) Maybe draft a pass rushing OLB who can eventually take over for Vrabel or Colvin, and help fill in if another injury hits the unit.
5) Draft Jonathan Goff to develop at ILB. He also has some hybrid OLB ability.
6) Maybe bring one of Bruschi or Seau back. I expect at least one or both will retire, but who knows.
OK so we're looking at:
and maybe one of Seau or bruchi return.
That's ten or eleven LB's, and I think it's a better unit, especially if that OLB is an early selection.
Few questions for some of the other draft nuts.
Does anyone think Vernon Gholston has some hybrid ability? Meaning, could he possibly fill in at ILB if needed? He's fast enough, and has more than enough size, but does he have the coverage ability, leadership, and intellect needed? I've seen him drop into coverage, but he's still pretty raw so it's hard to completely judge what he could do with NE's coaching. On one hand I've thought of his rawness as a potential mark against his being taken in the top 10. But, on the other hand that rawness could mean the Patriots have more to work with, and could mold him into the player they want?
Also, does anyone think Keith Rivers could be a nice LB for NE?