Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by broadwayjoe, Feb 23, 2006.
With Hutchinson transitioned and Backus franchised (both over $6 Million), it seems to me we need to re-sign Neal or Ashworth. I know it will depend on if they get offers from elsewhere, but an offer in the range of their last year $$$ should be considered.
LT - Light
RT - Kaczur
Backups: Gorin, Britt
LG - Mankins
RG - Hochstein
C - Koppen
Backups: Mruczkowski, Yates, Krug, Steitz
Obviously the draft, minor free agency aquisitions and training camp injuries/shape-ups will mold this further.
Of course, re-signing Neal wouldn't be bad. That would give a hell of a lot more depth with Hochstein the C-G swingman reserve, with Mruczkowski waiting in the wings.
Or, a cheaper, Hochstein-esque FA could be picked up. Jonathan Goodwin had to start after Mawae went down, and is a FA, but the Jets might keep him for that very reason.
Or, a mid-round draft pick could provide security and step-in when Hochstein leaves.
Hochstein = high-quality depth.
Why Ashworth & Neal?
Because they both started together throughout the win streak in '03, Neal is obviuosly better than Hochstein since he started above him all last year, Ashworth has started at both RT & LT and is a better swing tackle backup than Gorin, and it hasn't been proven that Kaczur is the answer at RT (yes he did well at LT this year for a rookie).
I think the line improves whoever is at RT, if Light & Koppen stay in the lineup all year.
Light & Koppen missed significant time to injury, Gorin was inactive for the first half of season, Ashworth missed 2/3 games to injury. I would prefer to have any combo of Hoch/Ash/Gorin as the backups vs Mruc/Yates/Krug/etc. who the only time we've seen them is the pre-season.
What's a "transition marker"? Is it similar to the "transition tag?"
Having both Ashworth and Light as backups is a combined $2 mil. cap figure. Light and Kaczur together are a combined $6 mil. cap figure.
$8 million just for the tackle position?
I think you mean Ash/Gorin is $2mil, but doesn't matter.
We need 4 tackles, so how much is a quality swing tackle worth? There was rumors when Kaczur was out for 2 games and Ashworth started at LT, that it wasn't so much an injury as it was him not working hard enough and not being ready.
Wouldn't surprise me if Kaczur is not on the team in the fall.
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