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Rumors of interest in Shawn Alexander for the Patriots

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  1. PATRIOTSFANINPA

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    On Sirius radio they were discussing the rumor talk and possibility of New Enlgand having some serious interest in Shawn Alexander who is all but gone from the 'Hawks.

    While I think Shawn still has some good years left in him I don't think that RB is a need for the team right now unless the FO and BB think Maroney won't improve or be the main guy with 25+ carries a game and if they make that move for Alexander I will assume that Maroney and Morris is not enough,But I just don't see a need for him right now,I think this team will once again be pass happy offense in 2008 and just need some decent play from Maroney/Morris combo

    - Forget about a steal contract because I expect Alexander to want some decent $$$ in the FA market which is another reason why I don't expect the team to be overly aggressive for Alexander's services.
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    One of the strangest rumors I have heard in a while.
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    Unless Shawn Alexander is looking to do one SB run, raise his value and move to other team year after, I don't know if it would be worth it. Unless he signs for minimum, I can't see how he can possibly have a role on this team when we got Morris, Maroney, Faulk and Evans. If he does agree for one year minimum type of deal, I say bring him in but if not, forget it.
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    This is a head-scratcher. Guessing its just a rumor thats a little off base.
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    if shaun alexander comes to the patriots i am done

    DONE

    we have gone through TOO MUCH in the past 5 months to deal with this too
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    :confused:

    Deal with what ? What's wrong with Shaun Alexander (not that I think he's coming to NE but . . . )
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    Here's a good article about Shaun's situation and prospects. He can't even be released yet because he's nursing a wrist injury. He may indeed struggle to find a system fit, and he's not gonna see much guaranteed money. The Seahawks will be absorbing a several million dollar or so dead cap hit over the next two years to opt out of a 6 year $62M deal they just signed him to 2 years ago...

    Their concern in extending him dating back to 3 years ago was a concern he would go soft once extended. He played so well under the tag in 2005, and coming off a trip to the Superbowl, they went ahead and extended him. Have regretted it ever since...

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_y...g=shaunalexanderwillstrugg&prov=tsn&type=lgns
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    im kidding relax :p
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    Maroney isn't the dominant rb that some people seem too think.

    It's obvious.

    If the money is right, it might be a good idea.
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    i think we tend to forget as time passes, but i remember when the Pats ran the ball the last couple of games and into the playoffs...Maroney ran great IMO and is a threat in the passing game. Unless something is majorly wrong with Sammy, then these Alexander rumors are just that, rumors.
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    When i was on the main forum part and it said about the newest topic it just read 'Rumors of interest in Shawn..'


    "NOT SHAWNE MERRIMAN!" i said out loud before opening the thread, whoops!
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    At this point, Maroney is a much, much better back than Alexander is.
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    Maroney is a good RB not great but the problem lies with the battle at the OLine where they usually lose and stop Maroney before he can go anywhere
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    At the right price this could be awsome.

    I like what Morris gave us before his injury but we are not talking about a perenial pro bowler and he is also recovering from an injury. When both are healthy Alexander is easily the better RB. Alexander is only a few seasons from being one of the best backs in the league and I would love to give him a chance to prove he still is.

    Corey...Corey...Corey the sequal
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    but alexander is?
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    at the very least he was. Injuries have slowed him the last few years. He could bounce back and be close to the same guy again, or he could still be better than Morris even at 80% or 90% of what he once was.
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    I think adding a good backup for Maroney is a good idea. Morris isn't known for his health and he isn't that good anyways.
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    You realize we'd be getting 2008 Shaun Alexander and not 2005 Shaun Alexander, right?

    Maroney is in every way the superior back right now.
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    Did you watch the first 5 games this year?
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    Alexander is D-O-N-E. Can't imagine what place he would have on this team. Unless he plans to replace Heath Evans role of hit-the-line-of-scrimmage-and-fall-down. While Alexander excelled at that last year, Evans pretty much has it down pat.
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    1) It's amazing how you can judge a taltented 22 year old rb so soon
    2) We've said it before; our run blocking needs to be improve.

    No, it's not obvious.
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    Morris was very good for the first 5 games of the year. When I say hes not very good I'm taking his entire career into account, not just 5 games from last season.
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    This assumes he's a replacement for Maroney. I look @ it as a supplement. Perhaps Sammy's injury is worse then anticipated?
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    I love how everyone assumes Maroney/Morris will be perfectly healthy this whole season.
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    This may be the worst rumor i have ever heard.
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    Alexander came back too early from that foot injury and he hasn't been the same since. Players should know better than to mess with foot injuries, but Alexander chose to gamble.
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    I don't think it would be a bad move to get Shawn Alexander, it would add more depth to our running game.

    RB is a very physical position, and adding depth would not be a bad move at all.
    Maroney is a talented young RB, but he still has a few more years before he can handle the load all by himself. Alexander might not be the runner he was a few years back, but he might have fresher legs if he shares carries with Maroney and Morris. That being said, I wouldn't want the Pats to sign him for a lot of money, definitely shouldn't be payed as a full time starter.
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    It wouldn't be an upgrade over Maroney, but a possible upgrade over Morris. Keep in mind that we still don't even know Sammy's health status for 2008 coming off what can be a serious injury, and he'll turn 31 this month. Also, I thought Morris did well in 2007, but he wasn't better than Maroney, and only really had two/three good games, which came against sub par run defenses.

    I'd honestly rather draft Jonathan Stewart in the second round (he might fall after word of his toe injury), but I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots looked at Alexander, if he came at a reasonable/cheap price. Once the Seahawks signed Julius Jones I actually wondered if a released Alexander would be of interest to BB...

    Also, Morris can play FB, so they could release Eckel and have Morris compete with Evans at FB and either Stewart (who I'd prefer) or Alexander at RB. This would increase depth and upgrade both positions.
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    I believe Eckel has more upside than Evans and Eckel is a hell of a ST's player who i would not like to lose again.
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    Actually, I think you're correct when it comes to short yardage running ability, but Evans is a better blocker at FB, and Morris is a better short yardage runner than Eckel.

    Can anyone remember how Morris was as a blocker at FB? If Morris can block as good or better than Evans then both Eckel and Evans could be upgrades by simply moving Morris over to FB. NE could then draft Jonathan Stewart to share carries with Maroney (if he falls to the second round).
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