Posters here have been begging bb to draft linebackers in the first round for at least the last four years, at least since Graham was drafted (for a 1 and a 3) instead of Harris, and I think for a year or two before. We go through the ritual each year before and after the draft. We see the need for a young stud, and bb signs a Cox or Phifer or Beisel. I can't wait until I hear the howls when bb brings back Chad Brown or an equivalent, as a BACKUP OL to push Banta-Cain for playing time. We really don't seem to get it, including me. It is interesting for us to post hundreds of times to try to figure out what bb is thinking. For me, it is not very useful for us to believe that we know better. Until we have an aweful year at LB, I will believe. Even then, it may not be essential to pay the kind of money we do at the linebacking position. We may decide to focus the money elsewhere. It is not like we have a set of old geezers. Vrabel, Colvin and Bruschi are among the best set of linebackers in the league and they will likely be around for awhile. As aj and others have pointed out, after these three the rest are all role players, although one will start on running downs. It seems that we have given up on Banta-Cain, Beisel, Alexander and Claridge. We now have added Mincey and Roach to the mix, and we will likely add another jag veteran. Why do we believe that none of these players will fill the need as a starting run-stopper? Why will none of these be the sufficient backup at ILB and OLB? Why don't we believe that Claridge iis bb's idea of a developing future starter? And would the expected value added by Lawson really be more than the expected value added by Maroney? And then there is Beisel. Is is just possible that, after a year on the squad, that he may be able to play a critical role on the team. No, he couldn't replace Bruschi, but can he replace TJ? Ignoring the rest, can't Beisel and Claridge replace the play of the aged TJ and Phifer. Can't Colvin replace McGinist? I don't worry about Bruschi's age. I worry more about his contract ending in 2007. He certainly seems in much better shape the TJ and Phifer were a couple of years before they retired. In any case, he should be fine through 2007.