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  1. Patriot Games

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    I liked Givens. He was a nice #2 to Branch.

    But if he really just got 25 million over 5 years, the best move the Pats could make was to not sign him.

    That is a ton of money for a guy who has missed games every year and has never had a huge season.

    For a low-rounder, he was a great bargain for some time but now he is grossly overpaid.

    Good for him, but I'm glad that the Pats aren't the ones paying for it.
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    I tend to agree...although as pointed out..with Brady throwing the ball to many receivers, its hard to get numbers in NE's offense. I am more concerned about his missing games..dropping passes..and being out of position on plays.
    It happens..and he has been a great compliment to Branch a big 3rd receiver and great over the middle. He will be missed..nonetheless, 35 mill is way too much.
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    Have to say I have to agree with you. Givens was a nice player but that's crazy money for a teams number two. As much as he did for the Pat's I always waited for him to do it week in and week out but never saw it. Sometimes he seemed invisible. Could have been the game plan but...
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    Yes its crazy money and what about the signing bonus also

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2368161
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    Its tough to say what market value is right now - with the new CBA teams are going a little crazy throwing cash around.

    In that sense the Pats are wise to let the market correct itself.

    a 5 year $25 million contract with an $8 mil signing bonus strikes me as a lower tier #1 WR contract.

    The Titans overpaid but its all about supply and demand - and supply is currently low while demand is high.

    Much depends on the structure of Given's salary.

    If the first two years have low salaries, effectively meaning this deal is a two year $9 million contract I might have been inclined to see the Pats match... that would make it cheaper than a transition tag for them while only requring a two year commitment.

    But I can definately understand why the Pats felt the offer was too rich for their blood. We already have an undersized WR - I'd prefer to spend a little bit more money for someone like Moulds or Keyshawn when they are available.

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