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  1. Brady to Brown

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    Is due $8 million in 2007.

    If no long term deal can be worked out Samuel will be moved. This will free up the 8 million due to him and will add draft picks in any deal made.

    Perhaps Belichick already knows Samuel is going. Helps explain all of the $ being spent and the 2nd for Welker.

    Any possibility this is the case?
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    For whatever the reason, BB/Pioli don't like spending a lot on DB's and prefer to use early draft picks and cheaper players. I guess this is because they mostly play complex zones with help for their corners, and when they do play man it is usually a softer man with a heavy blitz by the front seven, where the DB's are taught to keep the play in front of them (remember bend-but-don't-break philosophy).

    That being said, I would love to sign Samuel long term. He's a great player and is reliable. However, I just don't think the Pats will see the value in an 8 mil a year corner when they beleive a 1st/2nd round pick can do 85% as good a job for a fraction of the cost.
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    No. We were around 26mil under the cap. Even Asante's 8m allows for money to be spent elsewhere.
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    Maybe but as of right now they need him and $8 M is a managable number. I think they continue to work on a contract, if an agreement can't be reached he plays under the Tag (maybe reluctantly) and then the process starts over again in 2008.

    I will be naive and say that a long-term deal will be worked out. The risk of a bad season, an injury and the commitment the Patriots have made to staying among the league's elite (1) are enough for Samuel to take $10-14 M guaranteed.

    (1) This is a stretch, but I am feeling a little silly. Thomas is really the exception, most players want money, money, money. Especially someone like Samuel who has made next to nothing up to this point.
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    If Samuel gets a long term deal, his salary cap hit for 2007 will

    go down quite a bit from 8 mil the first year of the contract.
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    They will pay it if they choose to, but they could just as easily choose not to. Not for purely financial reasons though - we are $14.5M under the cap less the Evans and Morris deals, which should count no more than a million or two at most apiece, with Asante and AD already factored in. If he goes it will be because as kas says BB doesn't believe we need an $8M CB in this system, let alone one overvalued at that price.
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    Which would help explain all the money being spent and the 2nd round pick being offered for Welker. The Patriots could work out a long term deal, but not if Samuel is crying like a baby.
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    Once you tag a player doesn't that mean if a team wants to trade for him they have to give up two 1st round picks? If that's true then we can rule out that possibility right now.

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