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  1. shatch62

    shatch62 Practice Squad Player

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    Since we are in the middle of the Bye Week lets look ahead…way ahead to next year.

    Who are some 2007 free agents that could help the Patriots?

    Adalius Thomas Linebacker
    TEAM: Baltimore Ravens
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'2' / 270
    AGE: 29
    Size is right for the Pats system but he will not come cheap. Been very productive in the Ravens system.

    E.J. Henderson Linebacker
    TEAM: Minnesota Vikings
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 245
    DOB: 8/3/1980
    AGE: 26
    Has been a disappointment in Minnesota but has size and youth to offer. Should not cost too much.

    Kawika Mitchell Linebacker
    TEAM: Kansas City Chiefs
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 253
    DOB: 10/10/1979
    AGE: 27
    Finally had a good year last year in KC. Big and Fast but the production has not matched his potential yet. Might be too expensive based on “upsideâ€.

    Dwight Freeney Defensive Lineman
    TEAM: Indianapolis Colts
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 268
    DOB: 2/19/1980
    AGE: 26
    Freaky athlete that would need to switch to OLB in New England. Going to cost huge money.

    Gerald Hayes Linebacker
    TEAM: Arizona Cardinals
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 241
    DOB: 10/10/1980
    AGE: 26
    COLLEGE: Pittsburgh
    Solid prospect coming out of Pittsburgh but has not reached his potential. Coming of a knee injury last year and is playing his best ball of his career. Little short but so is Bruschi.

    Lance Briggs | Linebacker
    TEAM: Chicago Bears
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 238
    DOB: 11/12/1980
    AGE: 25
    Very productive LB but his agent is Drew Rosenhaus and he reportedly asked the Bears for more money than Urlacher gets so he is not coming to New England.

    Justin Smith | Defensive Lineman
    TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'4' / 275
    DOB: 9/30/1979
    AGE: 27
    Hard working DE that is having a good contract year (4 sacks already). If the price is right I would love to have him on the Pats.

    Shaun Phillips | Linebacker
    TEAM: San Diego Chargers
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'3' / 262
    DOB: 5/13/1981
    AGE: 25
    RFA that is getting more and more expensive everyday. His size is perfect for the Pats.

    Ken Hamlin | Defensive Back
    TEAM: Seattle Seahawks
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'2' / 209
    DOB: 1/20/1981
    AGE: 25
    Good young hard hitting safety. Seems to have put the off the field injury to his head behind him.

    Michael Lewis | Defensive Back
    TEAM: Philadelphia Eagles
    HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1' / 222
    DOB: 4/29/1980
    AGE: 26
    Hard hitter that has excelled in Philly. Not sure if he can be a leader as Dawkins has that role there.
  2. mcsully

    mcsully In the Starting Line-Up

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    I could see us making a play for Hamlin or Lewis. Strong vs the run and play in systems that require them to sometimes match up against WR's...
  3. DisgruntledTunaFan

    DisgruntledTunaFan In the Starting Line-Up

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    Not sure of what Dallas' cap number is after this season-However, the Dallas Morning News gave a long list of players and their 06 salaries.

    Given the cap number at $100m-it's hard to say. However-alot of them are carrying big payrolls. Especially if Bill P leaves, Jerry may put the axe on a number of them-but a number of these are pretty darn good:

    Anthony Henry(CB)-a big, physical DB with long arms.

    Terrence Newman(CB)-another fine corner. Should have made the Pro Bowl last year(had lots of passes defended, but few INTs-Ty Law was just the opposite).

    Jason Ferguson-Hasn't been all that here. But to be fair, thanks to the coaching, the entire DL itself gets pushed back more often than not. Should be a perfect fit in NE's schemes.

    Aaron Glenn-just an ageless wonder. Probably my personal favorite on the team. THE anti-TO.

    Chris Canty-a big 290pd defensive end. If the new coach next year goes to a 4-3 scheme, he's likely out. But he's a mighty darn good one, should fit any 3-4 scheme perfectly.

    Terry Glenn-No really-he's just been an overall great guy here. Despite his age, the skills he still brings to the table is really special.

    Can't remember the others. As for Michael Lewis-the entire Eagles sec(except for Dawkins) is over-rated. When their opponents' QBs get a split second extra time, Lito, Sheldon, and even Michael have gotten exposed.
  4. Brady'sButtBoy

    Brady'sButtBoy 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    Thomas ending up on the Pats seems like too much to hope for - he'd make this unit a top five D again if we could find someone to really crunch and run beside (or in place of ) Rodney. Of course, if I daydream I see Clements and Thomas in NE and we start the SB dance in March!!!!
  5. ayjackson

    ayjackson Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    I think Aaron Glenn re-upped this week.
  6. cstjohn17

    cstjohn17 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Thanks Shatch for pulling this all together. The list is strong but not fantastic, outisde of Thomas and Freeney mostly average or slightly above average players. Makes me wish that we had actually drafted a LB in 2004, or 2005 or 2006. The Pats system seems to have a very narrow set of players that have the height / weight combo we need at the position. I would rather not overpay for a LB and pick up a half decent veteran and add through the draft. CB is just as interesting, the lists I have seen show Clements as the clear #1 and then a big drop-off. Samuels is as good as anyone I have seen other than Clements but it seems like #22 is interested in getting the most $ during his shot at FA. Again it looks like we will be using the draft on CBs... the last time I said that they drafted a Guard and the time before that it was a TE.

    Thanks again for putting the list together, really good stuff.

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