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    Read in today's Herald where Ted Johnson was saying he would come and play for the right money ( more then minimum). Said he is cleared to play and wasn't concerned with the concussions. Interesting, not sure if BB is interested.
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    Found that interesting, even though he is a little lighter, might help.. I would suspect that BB and SP did not know he was interested, there is no other obvious reason they would not contact him.
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    I'd sign to a vet minimum contract filled with incentives. I wonder how much he has left in the tank..
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    Hey Ted, come on down! We have two empty roster spots, do we not?
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    Huh, interesting. He's had plenty of time for his body to heal but I wonder how close (or far) he is to being in game shape. We could certainly use some veteran help. I was a TJ fan before the injury bug hit. He knew how to fill in those gaps at the line.
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    How can he suddenly be declared fit to play again? I thought he left the game on doctors' advice re., concussion syndrome. Now it seems he has caught Junior Seau syndrome.
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    Probably closer to you than me, isn't he? ;)

    Actually I think he's a couple years younger than I am so he must be 35-ish.
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    Maybe HE's not concerned, but he should be. He quit for all the right reasons. Why drasticly increase your odds of debilitating brain problems as you age with life expectancy on the rise?

    I can only speculate that something in his life situation has changed such that unexpectedly he needs more money.
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    Can he punt or play wide receiver?
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    If I recall, he was kind of an ass after he retired and made a few unsolicited comments towards the CS. Not sure he is necessarily welcome back.

    Anyone else recall the granularity of his departure?
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    If BB feels they could use him, and if he is 'cleared' medically, and there is some cash there, I think Johnson is a competitor and would like to return.

    I think he could help the team, even if it is in a back-up role...I dunno, could it hurt? Maybe maybe not but I hope if the opportunity is there, and he is cleared medically and physically, he can help us out, should we need it....
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    Yeah he seemed bitter for whatever reason. He was a leftover from the old regime, so perhaps he wasn't used to BB's way of doing things (which is the complete opposite of Carroll's). Any comments to the media will be forgotten if he were to return though. Hey, if Seau can do it, then TJ certainly can.
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    His post-football career hasn't started as well as he hoped.

    Maybe he'd like a do-over.
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    we are going into the final stretch.We could use any help we can get,at stopping the run.Our pass D is doing pretty well.But having to play San Diego,Baltimore.I say sign him.We need to be able to stop LT and Jamal Lewis,either that or it's going to put more pressure on our already struggling Oline to keep Brady in it long enough to play catch up.
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    sounds good - he knows the defense, the calls, the other players


    but 15lbs lighter and no contact for 15 months is a long time for a ILB

    that said could he be worse than Monty was?
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    I had been thinking about Ted last week, in the same context. I'm surprised to hear him pipe up about it.

    But he could be helpful, situationally. Put him in there on obvious running downs.

    That would give the chance to spell Vrabes and even let him back out on the outside, sometimes.

    I wonder what his relationship is with the team, if there'd be any possibility, and how quickly he could get back up to speed.

    I don't think it's likely, though.
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    I remember that he (along with McGinest) was left unprotected in Houston's expansion draft. Wasn't he also inactive for an Opening Day game once, and actually left the team for a couple of days because of it?

    I have the feeling that BB doesn't send TJ a Christmas card, nor will he make a phone call to him now, probably. Pity.

    How about Chris Claiborne, recently released by the Giants?
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    Yeah, they wanted to read it in the Herald.

    Leave it to TJ to say he won't play for the salary that wasn't offered to him.:rolleyes:
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    While Ted Johnson may want to come back, one has to wonder if BB and SP want him back. I think that Ted Johnson put the Patriots behind the 8-ball last year and did so for selfish reasons. Now, I am NOT talking about the fact that he had to retire because of concussions. I am talking about the fact that he wasn't forth-coming with the staff. At least, that is the way it appeared.

    I honestly can not believe that BB and SP would not have made every effort to sign a better ILB than Chad Brown or Monty Beisel last year if they knew that Ted Johnson was going to retire before the start of training camp. I believe it caught them by surprise and I believe that Ted Johnson with-held the information from them in an attempt to NOT have the team replace him pre-maturely.
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    I think you are right in saying he probably burned an already weak bridge by leaving the way that he did. He did leave the Pats scrambling to try to replace the void his sudden retirement caused.

    However, I also feel that if BB/SP felt he could help them, they would sign him up right now. I think his playing days are over, all that's left is a little denial over that fact.
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    I think this assessment is right on the money. Add to the fact that I don't think the Krafts would want a potential brain-damaged player on their hands, I think they'll pass. Love how Ray Clay picked up the same thinking I did on his remarks re salary!:rolleyes:
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    Yes, but if he can help us win a couple of games then it's worth being debilitated for life, isn't it?
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    Ted Johnson became a big liability covering receivers. Granted you try to put him in on running downs...but when the team passes instead Ted becomes a problem. This is how and why Bruschi bumped TJ from being a starter.
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    i was thinking the same.
    anyway i always liked him (# 52)
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    A year or two after his leaving the team and pulling a nutty he turned down more money from Green Bay to stay here. he was also honored at halftime ofg a game last year. I don't think there's any burned bridges.

    The Pats would sign any player if they believe: 1.) he could be a team player, and 2.) he could help them win football games. Belichick does not factor in any "burned bridges" in this regard. he saves that for former coaches he's worked with!
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    Ted Johnson was superb against the run but looked totally inept in playing the pass, which isn't really what the Pat's are looking for. HOWEVER with a good probability of facing the Chargers at San Diego, my guess is Belichick will give Johnson a try-out. Who cares about the risk of a concussion when it's the playoffs?

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