Normally I go into hibernation during the long, dreary days that don't have live NFL football on the weekends. However, this offseason has been particularly exciting, so I just wanted to add my two cents in there. I apologize if I am doubling up a few topics, but I find it hard to determine which is the "right" Welker thread or Thomas thread, etc. * One of my favorite things that NE does, and one of the reasons that they can be successful in the draft, is the spakling of whatever holes exist through FA. NE had two obvious needs, LB and WR, as well as another strong preference, blocking TE. Check, check and incomplete. Slapping the tag onto Samuel also touches upon the CB issue, albeit temporarily.. What killed NE against Indy was having a gaping hole somewhere, and they are working again to ensure that they don't next year. * I have heard many people question whether Thomas excelled in Baltimore due to the players around him. What I have yet to hear is anyone make the next logical step by asking, "How are the players in NE?" I don't think anyone actually thinks that Thomas was the sole contributor to Balt's defense. And he won't be asked to be in NE either. Newsflash! NE was #2 in the points allowed last year. There has to be a couple good guys on the team, don't there? * I have to ask why anyone questions the Welker move at all. Contract size is a non-issue until more details are known and way too many people are making two big mistakes: undervaluing Welker and overvaluing draft picks. Yes, yes, I admit it. I am an unabashed Welker unit smoker. I love the guy and have since the first game I saw him play. Every time he plays NE he makes at least one hige play, usually 2 or 3. He is clearly one of the best returnmen in the game, and that value is icreased by the fact that he returns both punts and KOs. He isn't the deep threat that people covet (and NE needs), but he is what NE needs even more, a consistent chain mover from the slot. Having a Troy Brown circa 1999/2000 would allow NE to use their other WRs in more elaborate, and hopefully, more effective ways. Believe me, if the shoe was on the other foot, there is no way that fans would let Welker leave for "only" a late 2nd. He is a dynamo and I pray that I will be given the chance to be proven right. I welcome your thoughts.