A few random thoughts

Posted on March 1, 2008 
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To paraphrase the great Chad Finn, a few free moments for me means a few random football-related thoughts for you….

•Boy, Asante couldn’t get out of town fast enough, huh? What, free agency was, like 17 hours old before he was signed, sealed and delivered to the Eagles? Personally, I was a little shocked that after making noise about wanting Nate Clements money, he seemed to settle for less than that. Hey, don’t get me wrong–I wouldn’t mind settling for that kind of scratch. But as the No. 1 cornerback on the free agent market, I was thinking he might have gotten more if he drove the price up with a bidding war. I think the folks in Foxborough are just happy he didn’t go to the Jets. I think he’ll do well in the Eagles’ defense. Good luck to him. My favorite memory of Samuel is probably not football related–it was either in his first or second year with the Patriots, and was talking about how difficult it is to survive as a shutdown corner in the NFL. “There ain’t no slapd*cks in this league,” he said with a stone-cold serious look on his face. Never could look at him the same way after that. Anyway, Godspeed, Asante–I’m told that it’s always sunny in Philadelphia.

•So what now? I’m thinking that chances are pretty good that Randall Gay is gonna follow Samuel out the door. I have absolutely nothing to base this on other than his interview with Greg Dickerson at the Garden the other night, but I just keep seeing Ty Law back in New England next season. I know he’s not the lockdown corner he used to be, but even at his age, I think he’s still a better option that most. Then, you take that first-round pick (whether it’s the seventh overall choice, or you trade down) and go and get a young corner. Maybe Aqib Talib? Leodis McKelvin? Maybe you have a sure thing in the later rounds–remember, Samuel was a fourth-rounder. I don’t know. But my point is, you’ve got options. All is not lost.

•I love the fact the Patriots re-signed Kelley Washington, and you should to. Washington is not only a truly great special teamer, but he’s a terrific guy to have in the locker room. A truly classy professional who brings a lot to the table. With Donote Stallworth not likely to come back, he should also see some reps at wide receiver next season. And while were on the special teamers, it was another no-brainer to re-up Lonie Paxton. When was the last time he botched a snap? And how often do you see games lost on bad snaps? A small price to pay for the peace of mind.

•One quick note–in a Boston Herald story published Friday, Patriots President Jonathan Kraft was boasting about the fact that New England has the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Kraft said, “Never in the modern history of the NFL has a Super Bowl-contending team had a draft pick in the top 10.” Well, not exactly. The Redskins beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24, on Jan. 26, 1992. Roughly three months later, Washington used the No. 4 pick in the draft on kick returner Desmond Howard. Not sure if that’s nitpicking, but I think it needed to be said.

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