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  1. Big Bucks

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    http://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com...rosports/cnhinsprosports_story_067002847.html

    Belichick’s free-agent moves ring un-Patriotic

    Column: On Pro Football

    By Hector Longo
    THE EAGLE-TRIBUNE (NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.)

    NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — For the first time since Bill Belichick took the big chair here at Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots flinched. How else can you explain the recent barrage of offseason moves?

    Adalius Thomas and possibly Donte Stallworth? A trade for Wes Welker? A total investment | on paper anyway | of nearly $110 million?

    Talk about un-Patriotic.

    We’ll start with the big fish, Thomas, the linebacker from Baltimore. A natural fit, right?

    New England needs linebacker help desperately. Anyone who saw Eric Alexander try to play the position in Indy back in January understands that fact.

    But Thomas and his gigantic price tag? It’s such an un-Belichick-like move.

    For Thomas, a 29-year-old one-time Pro Bowler, the Pats will fork over $22 million in the first two seasons, the bulk of which is guaranteed. The five-year deal, after the first two seasons, then gets a bit murky.

    According to reports, Thomas’ cap number (a fairly modest $3.4 million this year and $5.4 million in 2008) leapfrogs to $6.4 million, $9.4 million and $10.4 million in the final three seasons. Years 4 and 5 look awfully hackable, considering the actual salaries of $4.9 million in 2010 and $5.9 million in 2011.

    Two years, three years, five years. No matter how you look at it, this deal is not cap friendly.

    In return, New England gets Thomas, a grizzled vet with 96 games of wear under his belt.

    At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, he is a specimen who once ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and was heavily recruited to play basketball by bigtime colleges.

    He adds major speed to a defense severely lacking in that department. He is not stout at the point of attack, according to experts. That’s a requisite in Belichick defenses. Is he another Rosie Colvin? If he is, he can’t play the "Sam” or strong outside linebacker position in Belichick’s 3-4 scheme, the position of most need right now.

    If he can’t play "Sam," it means Mike Vrabel must, leaving a gritty-but-slowed Tedy Bruschi, an almost 40-something Junior Seau and a plate of special teamers to play inside.

    Sure, Thomas can play elsewhere, but not at the same level. Why settle for 80 cents on the dollar?

    That brings us to the latest acquisition, Welker.

    Without dredging up the past, remember that Deion Branch and David Givens once were the starters for this proud franchise, both stepping into their prime in 2005.

    Now, look at their second barrage of replacements to replace the first round of replacements | Doug Gabriel, Chad Jackson, Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell.

    Stallworth, who is high on the Pats' wish list, and Welker would equal $50 million worth of mediocrity. If I’m Caldwell and Gaffney, each among the lower end type of signees a year ago, I’m wondering where my bonus is.

    Welker comes in off his best season as a pro, 67 catches for Miami last year.

    New England football fans, from afar, gravitate to a guy like Welker, a self-made pro with speed and guts who has come out of nowhere. They remember him torching Ellis Hobbs for nine catches and 77 yards back in October.

    For the record, in his breakout campaign with Marty Booker, Chris Chambers and Randy McMichael drawing all the heavy coverage, Welker finished 24th in the conference in receiving yards.

    He was 14th in the NFL in punt return average at 9.2 yards per attempt and 28th in kick returns at 22.2 yards.

    For that, Belichick expended a pair of draft picks, a second and a seventh, and $10 million of guaranteed money.

    Randy Moss, a Hall of Fame talent, was supposed to be deliverable at that price. But Wes Welker? The guy who said Wednesday, "I was just hoping to stick around in the league a couple years"?

    A second-round pick doesn’t sound like much to most fans, but Belichick has grabbed Branch, Eugene Wilson and Matt Light there. That’s a Super Bowl MVP, a three-year starter and a Pro Bowl left tackle.

    Next could be the arrival of Stallworth, who caught just 38 balls a year ago. The Pats might pay him Branch money, despite his reported membership in the NFL’s substance abuse program as a first-time offender.

    Stallworth, who recorded 70 catches in New Orleans two years ago, is again the anti-Belichick, un-Patriotic choice. He is a risk, a longshot as great as Moss without the potential return.

    This is not to say these moves won’t work. In fact, if he boldly went after a Stallworth last year, a game-breaker type instead of the cheap, quick-fix route at receiver, Belichick would have been lauded here, starting in this corner.

    This team finished one final drive from victory in Indy, a drive in which Tom Brady couldn’t find any receivers to throw to, even with the Colts in a protect-the-sidelines prevent defense.

    One final drive from a fourth Super Bowl in six years.

    There is a sense of urgency in these moves, and that’s a good thing. It’s a tactic this organization should have taken when it became fish-or-cut bait time with Branch.

    Now is not the time to panic, though.

    Last August was.



    Hector Longo covers the New England Patriots for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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    Longo has always been a Borges-lite.

    The article is so full of fuzzy-logic, half-truths, and bizarre conclusions, that I suspect it's some sort of tribute from Longo to be placed at the altar of Ron Borges.
     
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    It sure sounds like Ronnie. Maybe Hector is auditioning to be Borges' replacement.
    Patriots=Damned if you do,damned if you don't.
     
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    As is completely obvious - this is a piece without a shred of perspective. Indeed, very Borges-like. No perspective with respect to deals that the Patriots HAVE done in the past (eg Colvin). No perspective with respect to what the huge jumps in salary cap have done to free agent pricing for ALL teams, not just the Patriots. No perspective with respect to what other positions are getting in free agency that are traditionally of far less value than LBs and WRs (eg 3 huge offesive GUARD contracts). No perspective with respect to last year when the Patriots had every reason to expect Branch to honor tha last year of his contract. And on and on.

    Totally rotten 'journalism'. Just ignorant bashing from the vantage point of a newpaper byline.
     
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    Thomas played the SAM with the Ravens. It's true he doesn't play the SAM well when he's doubled - but almost no one does.

    He's the Pats best linebacker.
     
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    I won’t get into all of my disagreements w/this article, because the post would be 5 pages long. Here are a few WTFs that stood out to me:

    I guess luongo is just like borges, because he’s making things up. Assuming the rumors of Stallworth’s contract offer are true, and assuming they all get the entirety of their alleged contracts, you have $35M for Thomas, $32M for Stallworth and $18M for Welker. That’s $85M. Where the hell is the other $25M going?

    Most people thought he was going to get upwards of $8-$9M per year. He is getting $7M a year. This was a steal.

     
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    Wao. I wouldn't be surprised if this guy sacrifices virgins and puppies in the name of Ron Borges.
     
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    And people wonder why BB doesn't give a crap about the fourth estate...
    And the fourth estate wonders why their circulation continues to drop....

    Go figure...
     
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    I wish these idiots would figure out how to look at the cap consequences of a contract. How, on God's green earth, is Thomas "cuttable" in year four? The cap number for keeping him would be $9.4 million. The cap number for cutting him would be $8.8 million. If you cut him, you can't even afford to replace him with a vet minimum JAG.

    Barring career-ending injury or the guy's posse shooting someone in a Vegas strip club, you are going to get more production from a 33 year old Adalius Thomas than second or third year stiff.

    He's "cuttable" in year five when he will be 34 years old. However, even then, the contract is nicely constructed to start in on short extensions, a year or two at a time, that reflects the role he has on the team.
     
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    Regarding Welker, and including Randy Moss into the discussion...Why don't these mediots ever include Moss' $10 million contract in the discussion. It cannot be ignored if the mediots keep spouting how the draft costs would be the same. Welker is locked up for 5 years for less money than the 2 year contract Moss has remaining. Another selective fact omission by our Boston media.
     
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    He's just like Borges-not worth reading.
     
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    I've hated Hector Longo for a while. Can't stand his reports. The Eagle Tribune has gone to garbage since they got rid of their Bruins Beat writer, Russ Conway.
     
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    Let them doubt. I'd hate for the Patriots to be chosen as this year's popular favorite to win the Superbowl, only to fizzle under pressure. Carolina, anyone? Miami? No thanks.
     
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