Lombardi's FA WRs: Or if we replace Gaffney, with whom?

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  1. tombonneau

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    I'm ambivalent about possibly replacing Gaffney: on one hand, he has been a solid and dependable wide out for a few seasons; on the other, he had a streaky 2008 campaign where he made more big drops than big plays.

    Here's Lombardi's list of FA WRs:

    The National Football Post | Notes From Lombardi: Free Agent WRs

    The link above has the detailed write-ups, but to facilitate discussion I posted just the list of available players below.

    Of these guys, the one I'm most intrigued with is Brandon Jones. He showed real flashes as a rookie, but injuries have so far have stunted his career. Hasn't helped that he's been in one of the worst passing offense in the league.

    But he's just the type of bigger underneath RAC guy that would be a perfect complement to Moss.

    Obviously, Housh on short money wouldn't be a bad option, but I think he'll probably squeeze one more big pay day out of someone.

    Henderson is an interesting option and could possibly fill the big play Stallworth burner role of 08, though he's not a guy you can depend on for much else.
  2. swheeler23

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    How will the patriots pay for any of those guys? With Cassel being paid 14.6 million the Pats have enough money to sign there draft and that is about it.
  3. Brettlax3434

    Brettlax3434 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Cassel will be traded
  4. Deus Irae

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    Are you going to try hijacking every thread with the $14.6 million argument?
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  5. swheeler23

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    Me bad. :(
  6. jmt57

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    While I realize there is a significant six-year age difference, I still think I'd value TJ Houshmandzadeh above Nate Washington.

    I don't see anybody on that list at a comparable price that would be worth bringing in to replace Gaffney with. If you tell me I have to replace Gaffney, I'd look at Shaun McDonald, Dane looker and Mike Furrey.
  7. BradyBranch39

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    Paragraph 1: Yea, easily. Washington is not "group A" material, and will not get that much $$.

    Paragraph 2: McDonald is good. Very consistent player.
  8. tombonneau

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    These are the two things that jumped out to me as well: Washington is not top tier; and, McDonald is not bottom tier.

    As far as how to pay for them, I'm assuming we'd be most likely be looking at someone of the Gaffney Level, so cost should be essentially flat.

    I personally am fine with Gaffney, but I know others think we could do with an upgrade. Wouldn't mind seeing someone like Henderson, Jones or even a (hopefully) healthy DJax come in and fight for the #3 WR spot.
  9. alvinnf

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    TJ housemazillie, would be perfect, possesion type wide body, Wes sucks up the coverage Tj makes sure he gets open , chains move.
  10. Even though he seems like a weird guy, TJ would be a great addition to the WR's. However, he is going to look for a big day, which he deserves. With that said, I would like to see Devery Henderson fill the Stallworth roll.
  11. cupofjoe1962

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    I agree 100%..... He would be the perfect compliment for Moss & Welker.
  12. Rob0729

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    How is TJ Whosyourmamma a 2nd tier group and Nate Washington a first tier. Yes, TJ is up there in age, but he had back to back 1,000 yard seasons in 2006 and 2007 and probably would have had another one this year if he didn't have a scrub QB from Harvard throwing to him for most of the year. Washington has never caught over 40 balls or 631 yards in a season.

    Also, how is Gaffney's age a concern when he is currently 27 years old?
  13. mgteich

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    I think Brady likes Gaffney's skills a lot. My choice is TJ, but I don't we'll spend the money. I do think it makes sense though.
  14. PatsChamp88

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    In a dream word TJ but no way that is happening lol..
  15. mesoslo

    mesoslo Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I say we keep Gaffney, one bad season, we can let it go, gaffney might put up a great season again, maybe cassel and gaffney wasnt a good match, but brady and gaffney will be better.

    I think gaffney's role could be replaced by picking up a good WR mid round in the draft, someone who is a quick learner, with good hands.
  16. DocE

    DocE Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I'd be more interested in some of the potential cap cuts than most of the FA WR's. I find it curious that Lombardi lists Robert Ferguson as a "vertical player" when his speed is not his strong suit. Also, Koren Robinson's career might be over as he reportedly has bone on bone in his knee.

    I'd be content with bringing back Gaffney and signing Donte Stallworth (rumored to be cut again) to an incentive laden deal.

    I realize Gaffney beat out Stallworth to start late in '07, but Donte still was capable of providing some bigger plays and I'd like to have that option in '09 whether it's Donte or someone else.
  17. Jackson 2

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    Up until this year, I really liked Gaffney. I sensed he had a good chemistry with TB. However, clearly he wasn't the same guy this year. Whether that was due to Cassel being there rather than Brady, I don't know. The drop against Indy was only the most glaring of several big ones he had this year. With that said, I'm not ready to give up on him just yet. He seems to fit in, know his role and like it here. For the $$, he's fine with me for another year. Now, if next year is like this past one was, then I would feel it's time to move on.
  18. PatsCanDoIt

    PatsCanDoIt Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Drafting a WR at 47 or 58 would be cheaper and a better talent than most of that list. No need to bring up Bethel or Chad because they're not draftable. I agree with those who would rather resign Gaffney. So, Gaffeny or a rookie (or both.) Juaquin Iglesias... there I said it.
  19. fillylabinga

    fillylabinga Practice Squad Player

    As nice as I think it would be to have a more explosive player, I think Gaffney is fine for the Pats. Getting back Brady and as many of his current targets as possible seems like the right move. I'm worried that BB is going to have his hands full getting the new "OC" up to speed and trying to turn the defense into something playoff-worthy.
  20. Tyler.Durden

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    Low cost, big reward player. I should imagine he wouldn't cost all too much.

    He is a gifted athlete, with good hands. He hasn't had a good QB in years.

    He sat out offseason workouts and minicamp with the broncos after they traded for Jevon walker. Then he was traded to atlanta.
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