Compensatory pick for Cassel ?

Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by Lamanai, Nov 30, 2008.

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  1. Lamanai

    Lamanai On the Game Day Roster

    I was thinking about the Pats upcoming (March) decision on whether to apply the Franchise tag to Matt Cassel. One of the arguments against applying the tag has been that the Pats would likely gain a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2010. However, wouldn't this be based on the teams net losses this spring? If so, who besides Cassel should we assume will both leave and result in a contract worthy of compensation? Probably nobody fits both criterion (see below). If so, wouldn't the signing of even one or two decent Free Agent negate any compensatory pick? Sorry if I do not know the intricacies of compensatory picks - i'm not AdamTJ13. Just something to consider...

    Matt Cassel, QB - OK, he's one
    Heath Evans, FB - probably retained, wouldn't qualify anyway
    Jabar Gaffney, WR - might go elsewhere, but not for big bucks
    Chris Hanson, P - nope
    Rodney Harrison, SS - resigns here or retires
    Russ Hochstein, G - JAG resigning
    Larry Izzo, LB - veteran minimum
    Lamont Jordan, RB - old, coming off injury plagued season, probably not
    Deltha O'Neal, CB - doubtful
    Lonie Paxton, LS - resigned
    James Sanders, S - possibly, but probably resigned
    Lewis Sanders, CB - JAG
    Kenny Smith, DE - JAG
    Jason Webster, CB - JAG
    Tank Williams, S - JAG
    Mike Wright, DT - possibly resigned
  2. FreeTedWilliams

    FreeTedWilliams I'm no Mona Lisa Vito.... Supporter

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    You also have to take into account, what kind of free Agents the Pats sign in the off-season. If they do not franchise Cassel, I assume that he will get a deal large enough to qualify for a 3rd round comp pick (in the 2010 draft). But you can not forecast any of those picks because the formula for awarding comp picks also takes into account the amount of, and contracts of the free agents that a teams signs verus the amount of and contracts of free agents that left your team.
  3. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    As a minor point, it only takes a contract slightly above the vet minimum to qualify. So if Gaffney just got two years, $2M, that'd be enough to potentially earn a comp pick. Conversely, signing any big ticket FA would probably cancel out the comp pick for Cassel.
  4. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    If that big ticket FA is Asomugha of Oakland, then I am all for it.
  5. Jimke

    Jimke In the Starting Line-Up

    Will he sign a one year contract for the veteran minimum?
  6. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    No chance! We need to break the bank for this guy. We need a play maker in the secondary and this guy was a play maker in OAKLAND!!!!!
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