mayo has posted a fine integrated plan of attack, but I guess we need to have the discussion a couple of times a week, at least through the draft. ============================================== THE CRITICAL STEP NO ONE ONE WILL DISCUSS Extend Brady! This cannot be taken for granted. =============================================== PHASE ONE - DECIDE WHICH OF OUR FREE AGENTS TO SIGN TO NEW CONTRACTS We need to understand that anyone we don't re-sign will be use up free agent resources. That is the way Belichick works. We will have a competitive team even without counting on any rookies. It needs to be noted that some situations cannot be resolved. For example, Thomas, Green and Watson should probably be considered gone. I would re-sign Bodden, Banta-Cain, Faulk and Burgess. ========================================== PHASE TWO - THE TENDERS AND FRANCHISEES Bring back Guyton, Lockett, Gostkowski, Woods, Mankins, C. Taylor, and Wilfork. We should tender all our ERFA's and RFA's and expect to keep them all as we always have. If someone gives us a 1st or better for Mankins or Gost, then we will have the compensation to draft a replacement. I would PREFER to sign long term contracts with both of these players. I expect to franchise Wilfork. I would much rather pay him what he wants in a contract extension =============================================== STEP BACK AND ASSESS NEEDS =============================================== PHASE THREE - EARLY FREE AGENCY We again need a couple of wide receivers, linebackers, a TE, and a corner (at least to challenge Wheatley). These are our free agent needs every year. To put in another way, belichick chooses to meet these needs through free agency every eyar (and sometimes also uses the draft). we could see a top free agent. I would prefer to use the money extending our own players: Brady, Wilfork, Mankins, Bodden and Gostkowski. ================================================ STEP BACK AND ASSESS 2010 and 2011 NEEDS ================================================ PHASE FOUR - THE DRAFT I expect that we will fill DL and OL needs through the early part of the draft, perhaps with three picks. We have lots of later picks and UDFA's for developmental QB's, punters, returner and to take wild flyers on players at other positions. Obviously we did very well indeed in 2009 in getting Edelman, Ingram, Pryor, Hoyer, Richard and Bussey. ================================================== PHASE 5 - FILLING IN WITH LATE FREE AGENCY AND TRADES We do what we need to at this point. Of course, last year some were expecting Taylor or Peppers. We did get McGowan and Burgess.