Maybe this is a bad thread, but I find the shadow roster thing VERY interesting. I now know of two players who are available if the patriots come calling. Seau and now Brown, according to Reiss (citing a super secret source). Brown would put off retirement - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com Excerpt: John Lynch is still unsigned, despite Jets interest (which Brown also turned down). Now I'm not making a case for signing old dudes for no reason, but do you think these shadow rosters are common? Are the Patriots dominant within the league for keeping these guys at their disposal? If nothing else, I thought Reiss spec on Brown was interesting. I can't see us needing more receivers, but I wonder if Troy has reason to hold off officially retiring that we don't know? Hm.