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Saints release Deuce McAllister - Could he make a good replacement for Jordan?

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  1. PATRIOTSFANINPA

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    Its been noted that Lamont Jordan is not expected back as a Patriot so there is a potential spot open at RB

    Today the Saints surprisingly released Deuce - Would you like to see the Pats take a shot at this proven solid RB who is known to be a team guy who is popular with fans,coaches and players?

    New Orleans Saints release Deuce McAllister - New Orleans Saints Beat - Times-Picayune - NOLA.com

    He is only 30 I believe so its not like he is at the end of his career - I think he would compliment our current RBs
     
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    Wow. That seems surprising. Do you think he'll be expensive? I'm guessing a Jordan replacement is going to come cheap or in the form of Law Firm.
     
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    I was high on BJGE when I saw him in training camp, he's explosive and decisive. But I thought his performance during the regular season wasn't as good as the numbers show - and those numbers aren't as good as fans remember them to be. I think it's a shame he was active for enough games that he can't land on the PS. He's just good enough to want to keep in the organization, but perhaps not good enough to deserve a spot on the 53 on a championship caliber team.
     
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    If I am not mistaken the Saints were going to saw off a 6.5M cap hit with some bonuses added in, so they reluctantly and surprisingly released him

    Maybe the Saints F.O. is focusing on a draftee or two at the position that they see to take his place down the line

    I do know he was one of the most loved guys by any Saints fan or organization person on that team so its not like he was a cancer or anything,its about the money
     
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    Don't know this guy is highly unreliable oft injured most people knew he was going to be released he didn't do much this season at all.
     
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    I don't know why people are saying this is surprising, if you watched the Saints home games at the end of the year, the crowd was acknowledging him on every play and the announcers were talking about how he was probably taking his last snaps as a Saint. Pierre Thomas emerged last year as a potential go-to back and they already have Bush and Stecker too, and with his cap number and the way he's slowed down due to injury, it's not very surprising. I don't think he has too much left in the in the tank, probably another year or two of spot duty like he had this year in New Orleans.
     
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    Of course he is on the downside of his career but like you said he probably has a few years left of spot duty - There are alot of teams who could use a runner like him,even with light duties - He has been a clutch player his whole career so even with smaller carries I think he could excel at the next team that gives him a chance to do the little things - Will the Patriots see him fit on our system and pay him a few million to do so? - chances are not so great, but one never knows what BB thinks

    Remember Corey Dillon was supposedly on the downside of his career when he came here since being replaced by Rudi in Cincy,only to be a big part of winning championships here
     
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    Noteworthy: He also has a four-game suspension to serve.
     
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    Deuce's knees are shot. Everyone was talking about how he was likely taking his last snaps as a Saint and possibly as a football player at the end of last year.

    He's also been injury prone over the last 4 years.

    2005 - 5 games

    2006 -15 games

    2007 - 3 games

    2008 - 13 games

    His carries were down last year as well. He used to get 200-300 carries and last year he was down to 100. Yes, they did have Bush and Thomas, but even went Bush went down, the Saints used Thomas more than Deuce.

    Deuce looked like he was running in mud at the end of last year. He's noticeably slower and always nicked up. The Pats don't need this guy, their backfield is fine without him.
     
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    That could make the Patriots a good match - with the RB by committee they wouldn't be solely relying on him, and like Jordan, he wants to show that he's still got some gas in the tank to earn another decent contract - which is why Jordan won't be here.

    Playing on a good team with a good QB where he won't be required to carry the full load and he can improve his reputation might make the Patriots a preferable place to play

    But overall I don't claim to know much about his situation, skills, or his willingness to accept limited snaps
     
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    I love Deuce have had him in Fantasy Football many years that being said I watched alot of Saints games last year as I picked up PThomas when Deuce got hurt.

    He just doesnt have any explosiveness left. Maybe its being 1 year removed from the knee but unless he has/gets some pop back in his step hes pretty much done.

    Those details in mind he wont help us much.
     
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    Well, from the way I saw it, while he didn't look like a "#1, 300-carry" guy, he certainly looks like he should be playing somewhere in the NFL. I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats trade him during TC for a conditional 2010 late-rounder (e.g., a 6 or 7 if he makes the new team's roster).
     
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    Confucius say: This year 300 carries, next year 300 yards.

    Similar chatter going around (on here) about Fred Taylor. I say either one is worth bringing in for a look, if the price can be made to work.

    As has been stated before, if they've got enough left for 5 or 10 quality snaps a game, the way the Pats have been using backs, that makes them enough of an asset to sign. Mind you, I don't think that's the goal. It's not lost on anybody that Corey Dillon (God rest his cleats) played the featured back role during very productive seasons.

    The "home run" would be bringing in a McCallister or a Taylor and finding 2 seasons of serviceable improvement over what the team has to split time w/Maroney. Actually I don't see it, except perhaps marginally. As boring as Morris may be compared with the heavy hitters (Peterson is the obvious example), he gets the job done. I'm not sure at this point that what's left of Deuce is better than Morris... and of course we'd all love to see Ben Franklin Green Acres develop, but I think there's a ceiling on that ascent.

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