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If you had 1 big name in FA to sign for 2008 to play for the Patriots,who is it?

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Which top 2008 FA do you want as a Patriot if only allowed one?

Poll closed Feb 19, 2008.
  1. Alan Faneca

    4.7%
  2. Nnamdi Asomugha

    55.3%
  3. Lance Briggs

    20.0%
  4. Marcus Trufant

    14.1%
  5. Michael Boley

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Ken Hamlin

    1.2%
  7. Another team's FA not mentioned above (please name player)

    4.7%
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    Play the FO and what player you would put on top of your list (of course some of the key guys we have are unsigned right now but guess who will be gone) and then make your pick figuring the hole in that area to fill or a player you want released and replaced by.
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    Shall I say NOT with the 2007 Patriots roster,Another teams guy....
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    Maybe it's wishful thinking but seeing Briggs play here in Chicago REALLY makes me want him to sign with NE...don't know if it's possible though...
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    The guy from the Raiders. I think he'll come for around the same price as Trufant, but he's got more potential. He would be a great addition and I'm not super impressed with the DB's we drafted since 2003. Jury is still out on Merriweather, but I could live with Ken Hamlin as well.

    I stick with the school of thought that Briggs is not the best fit for our system, at least for the price he'd be asking. I really want to see us draft a high round LB. Just once.
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    Assuming we retain all our free agent players it would be Lance Briggs. If Samuel is gone, then Marcus Trufant.
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    Asomugha and it's not close. The guy practically is champ bailey. 6' 2'' 210, he won't be pushed around by anyone, and he's a shutdown corner. Briggs is a 4-3 guy who has clearly stated he has no interest in playing in the 3-4. Dansby would be a more interesting option because he can play inside or outside and has great size and mobility. I would take Dansby who shines on a bad defense over a guy who is a product of the system.

    We're unlikey to get any of those three though.
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    On the other hand a 6'2 corner would be a nice sight to see in our secondary...but i still think briggs would be a hell of a player in our 3-4 D. I did not know he had stated he didn't want to play in that formation, but hopefully if we get the chance to get him he changes his mind...
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    I agree on Asomugha, but Briggs has been linked to San Fran, a 3-4 team.
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    Wasn't Roman Phifer a guy that was not comfortable or happy as a LB in the 3-4 but adjusted in NE and had a superb short career here?
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    Not sure if he wasn't happy switching, but you're right, he adjusted well from the 4-3 to the 3-4 (though I guess he had already played for BB as a Jet before he came to the Pats, so he might have understood Bill's defensive philosophy better than most). I do think Briggs would also adjust well to the 3-4 if he was willing.
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    So you are happy with the senior citizens at ILB or what is going to become a gaping hole at corner and on the other side is a very erratic Hobbs?

    Then either you are expecting a guy off the bottom of the scrap heap to produce instantly in the system or you are expecting a rebuilding stage for the Patriots defense that may interfer with SB 44 hopes.

    You can't be serious that you are happy with the ILB situation or soon to be corner spots are you or are you expecting countless studs to come in and start immediately because without a big name FA in either area this team could be in trouble unless a rookie becomes super great and quickly because Bruschi and Seau have seen thier best days and another year probably slows them down even more so.

    Without a big name ILB or corner it may not be a pretty 2008,At least from a defensive standpoint unless like I said an NFL rookie stud is born in NE instantly.

    OR maybe you are comfortable with Woods and Alexander at the position for depth or even for one to start,I know I am not since I have not seen much from either except on ST.
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    I was more interested in Asomugha because of the kind of talent he is, and how much of a gap there is between him and the next guy in line. Meanwhile, there isn't too much of a gap if any between Briggs and Dansby or Suggs. Asomugha won't hit the open market, but if he did he wouldn't come to us in all likelihood. It sure would drag down that asking price for Samuel since Samuel wouldn't be the #1 guy on the market though.
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    My thread comes from ESPNs list of top 25 FAs,Dansby is not among the 25 ...and I don't know why.
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    Or maybe he just thinks the Pats won't sign any BIG NAME free agents. Just because the team doesn't make a splash for a big name doesn't mean they won't be a player in FA. Let's not forget how this team and its first championship were built.

    I think if NE can hit a home run with a couple middle-of-the-road FAs and has a good draft they will shore up their deficiencies just fine.

    Just because they don't plug potential holes at CB and/or ILB with a superstar doesn't mean they won't solve the problem.
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    Oh, and I vote for the Raiders CB (won't even try to butcher his name). I think he is close to Asante's talent but won't come close to Asante's cost.

    Unfortunately, as others stated, there is a good chance he will be franchise tagged. But it's Al Davis, so who knows ...
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    If he doesn't come to an agreement they are going to trade him even if they franchise him. The newest rumor has the ravens sending suggs to arizona for fitzgerald. I was just talking about the market for that kind of player versus the market for a corner. The "we can sign suggs" ship sailed long ago for me.
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    5th rounder to them for Asomugha :rocker:
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    We'll bring in veteran linebackers, just not big name big price linebackers; ditto for corners. I look for a passrusher and two corners in our first four picks. Belichick will get at least on corner who he is comfotable with contributing this year. After all Samuel, Gay and Wilson all did fine in their first year.

    Every year since I've watched the patriots in 1980, the majority of fans' solution to improve the team is to sign high priced free agents. We rarely make much of a splash. Last year was an exception. Belichick is looking for another Vrabel, who few here knew when we signed him.

    Yes I would like to give Woods a shot at more reps. And I do expect either Seau (most likely) or Bruschi to stay.

    Also, I expect us to consider Law and Surtain. I recall the day we sloved our corner back issues by picking up O-T-I-S.


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    I understand what you are saying but you are focusing on what BB did in the past and not the last few years,In the past few years things have been a bit different and the Bargain guys did not produce like they did in the 2001-2004 era - For example Monty Beisel,Chad Brown,Duane Starks,Earthwind Moreland and for the most part Art Hawkins were busts and signings like Otis and Vrabel and Fauria are of the past,not lately.

    I just don't think the team can get good bargain basement guys easily like they used too or maybe the talent from this type of player is much rarer anymore or the oposing teams are getting smarter and grabbing these types of guys earlier than they used to leaving the team with not much to choose from but I do know it has been a failure for this team with no names since 2005 with the exception of Seau who has played decent and Welker who I cannot say enough good enough things about I absolutely love Welker more than any 2007 aquisition including Moss.

    If you don't want any player with top quality skills then you had better hope for one hell of a draft to keep this team competitive in 2008 or the team is going to need to score lots of points cause the D will suffer without great changes to ILB and Corner (barring Samuel's departure)
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    Before the Ravens said they were going to tag him, I would have said Terrell Suggs. Asomugha would be my first choice now at least until he gets tagged. But Al Davis has made trades with the Pats over the past two offseason so who knows if he would trade Asomugha for less than market value.

    As for Briggs, the guy doesn't want to play in the 3-4 and he is more of a cover-2 LB who rarely work in a 3-4, two-gap system because they rely too much on speed over smart play and power.

    Yes, the 49ers are rumored to want to make a hard push for him, but there is no indication Briggs is interested in going to the 49ers. I'm sure if they are willing to pay him Nate Clements type of money, he might revise his thinking about playing in a 3-4. But I think he will have to have a financial incentive to go to a 3-4 team. I doubt the Pats will pay that incentive. Give me a lower priced guy who might fit into the system better like Victor Hobson.
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    It still wouldn't be the worst we've ripped off the Raiders in the past year, so it could work. As for the original question: probably Ashomunga, though Dansby would be great in the Pats' defense.
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    Keep dreaming...

    There will never be an end of good free agents that never had a chance to start.

    Never.

    You had no idea that Vrabel was going to be as good as he is now.

    No one did.

    Yeah, he was never hardly used as a Steeler, and he had potential, but no one knew that he would pan out as well as he did.

    There will always be a few players that breakout with a new chance.
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    I'd take Dansby. He's big, has some experience of the 3-4 and displays the sort of versitility the Pats need at linebacker.
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