The patriots needs to spend cap money just to replace what we have. But, presume that Hochstein, Gaffney, Sanders, Sanders, Paxton and Evans are re-signed or replaced with little or no cap effect. Please evaluate where you would spend 2009 and/or 2010 cap money to improve the 2009 team. This includes using the money for free agents, for extensions or for signing Wright. I have included my comments. My position is that replacing our current free agents, having the IR guys return, having improvements from the rookies, and adding a couple of key 2009 rookies who will contribute this year is all we need to be a Super Bowl favorite. My concern is maintaining the quailty in 2010, given all the players with contracts up. RUNNING GAME We have the #6 running offense and the best patriots running game in 20 years. We can bring back Jordan or replace him or go with BJGE, but this unit will improve if we can consistently have three healthy running backs. PASSING GAME We had the best in NFL history in 2007. I see no reason not to expect one of the top passing games in the league with Brady and everyone else back for 2009. DEFENSIVE LINE Someone will need to explain why Seymour, Wilfork, Warren, Green, Wright and Smith is insufficient. We had a top 10 defense with a very young, inexperienced, often-injured secondary. The key to the 2009 DL is to re-sign Wright or replace him with equal quality. LINEBACKERS Many want to add youth???????? I guess they just haven't reviewed the roster. The ILB's are composed of two 2008 rookies and a veteran. We can/should add a draftee. The OLB's are composed of two veterans, a 4th-year player and several youngsters. There are those who here who think that we need to improve on Vrabel and Thomas outside. I strongly disagree. We have the past, present and future at linebacker on the team. This is again a strength. Let's face the fact that the front office has solved the problem at ILB. CORNERS The team is working hard on this. We've added a 2nd and 4th. Both look like starters or at least nickel or dime backs. Hobbs is playing his contract year. So, we need even more, plus a couple of veterans for leadership. I like Lew Sanders a a lot in this role. I'd add a Day One draft pick. SAFETIES Who are we kidding? We have Meriweather and no one at the moment. The key is that we have three more players who could come back and make up a decent unit: Harrison, Tank Williams and James Sanders. I would draft a safety on Day One. BOTTOM LINE We have a team ready to compete in the Super Bowl hunt. There are the normal one position that need real work: corner and safety. I think that we can deal with safety position with re-signs or free agency. We will have five picks in the top 100 picks of a great draft. We need to use our cap money to keep the franchise going. We need to extend our players: Seymour, Wilfork, Green, Hobbs, and Mankins (and possibly Faulk, Light and/or Vrabel). On Day One I would be looking at CB, S, ILB and a G (to replace on of those leaving in 2009).