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  1. DefenseRules

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    Interesting. I would have thought that he would have signed a 1 year deal given his age. Then again, this is being reported by ESPN so take it with a grain of salt. :rolleyes:
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    The key, of course, is how much money is guaranteed. Remember Corey Dillon's contract.
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    Yes, I suspect that when details emerge this will not be a 3-year deal.
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    I completely agree. The numbers seem high and the timeframe seems long.
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    Springs is a much better cornerback than the players like Fernando Bryant

    and Jason Webster who signed one year contracts.
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    And, Clock Killin Corey Dillon had a great 1st year of his contract! Dominated the playoff game against the Colts. I'd like to see Springs do the same........:D
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    I still think this will be followed by them signing Bodden to a similar deal.

    That along with Wheatly and Wilhite would prepare them for Hobbs departure after next season.....
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    Miguel will probably have some information on this soon.
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    These contracts are always filled with potential value. The key to understanding these contracts is signing bonus and the team's cap hit if the player is released.

    My gut tells me the deal is similar in structure and in spirit to Stallworth's deal 2 years ago.
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    I'd bet a nice chunk of that money is in year three, and that he won't see it.
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    Considering this info came from Clayton, I'd really like to see a separate, independent report from someone like Gasper, SMY, Schefter, etc. confirming the contract information.
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    Exactly... or let's put it this way... it's a three year deal IF he shows he's worth $10-13 million over three years.

    My guess is that we'd see guaranteed money that allows him to be cut after 1 year - making it a low risk high reward contract if he proves worth it.
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    Well put. Everything we've heard from Skins fans and legit analysts suggests a healthy Springs is a very good starting corner, despite his age.
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    Looking forward to watching Springs...(destroy TO :))
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    Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I'm not doubting that the Pats have signed Springs; I was referring to how accurate Clayton is on the (limited) details of the contract that he reported. I'm curious how the contract is structured - and if the info Clayton supplied was correct.
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    Ah, ok. My bad.
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    There has been no confirmation that Springs has signed a contract.

    He probably will but so far he has only agreed to the terms that

    were offered by the Patriots.
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    NFL Transactions Report



    NFL Transactions Report - New England Patriots

    Date Transaction

    3/5
    Greg Lewis (WR) traded (w/ a 2009 draft pick for a 2010 pick).
    Eric Alexander (LB) re-signed/unrestricted free agent.
    Shawn Springs (CB) signed/unrestricted free agent (three-year contract).
    Chris Hanson (P) re-signed/unrestricted free agent.
    Darrell Robertson (DE) cut.
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    So Springs will make an average value of at least 3M per season and can earn over 4.3M per season if he reaches incentives? Sounds like starter money to me. BB must like Springs a lot.
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    Springs in 2007 had 4 INTs, 15 pass deflections, and led all cornerbacks in success rate...if he can remain healthy for most of the season, no doubt he should be a starter.
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    Or perhaps the #1 starter?
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    I love this signing. I'd like it even more if a Bodden/McAlister were picked up at some point too.
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    You just jinxed it. Now he'll get hurt in TC! please buy everyone a beer :eat2:
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    I think Springs, while older, can be a big addition for the defense. He has long been one of the overlooked corners in the league, in my estimation, and is a big, physical player with ball skills. Of course there is always injury concern, but this guy is probably the best corner on their roster right now. Could be a sort of hybrid of the Otis Smith/Tyrone Poole/Rodney Harrison signings. His talent level falls somewhere in between the last two, while his age is more in the Smith range. I think the HC of the NEP can good production out of Springs.
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    I think he will work out ok for the Pat's. He's got size to cover some of the taller Wr's in the league and he has got a proven track record. Negative and positive. In all honesty I'm hoping for 12-13 games out of the guy and for him to be solid in coverage. Hopefully he excels and has a resurgence in his career that is just mind boggling.

    I wonder if this guy makes the move to safety in his 2nd or 3rd year?
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    I'm not sure Springs really needs a career resurgence. He was pretty good last year.

    Springs is one of those guys, like Joey Galloway, who was exceptionally fast in his twenties and has dropped to being just fast in his thirties. Add one more good defensive back to the Pats' mix and they're going to look okay -- the Hobbs/Springs/Wheatley/Wilhite group looks passable, but they really need a bigger safety still, as neither Sanders nor Meriweather can really fill that Rodney Harrison role. Maybe Roy Williams?
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    I'd prefer a rehabbed Rodney, but I like the Springs explanation. I'm excited to see this guy work.
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    No question, BB will use him well :) If he's indeed on board for 3 years (still nothing in Reiss' column yet btw:cool: Mike's on vaca but he does have people covering for him so not sure what that lack of confirmation signifies,if anything) maybe Springs will indeed end up playing safety too.

    One thing we really missed last year imho was Rodney's experience reading the field. Springs can bring that to the table and hopefully pick up some of Rodney's wisdom, assuming #37 comes back even if in a more limited role.

    Great signing and hopefully his contract terms are confirmed, as in etched in stone, soon:rocker:
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    Springs' salaries are as follows ($1,750,000 in 2009, $2,225,000 in 2010, and $2,750,000 in 2011) for a total of $6,750,000 in salaries. I am presuming that he got a $3,750,000 signing bonus. Such a signing bonus would make his deal "in excess of $10.5 million over three years".
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