Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Joey007, May 20, 2020.
Or as Reese Bobby calls it, Columbian bam-bam...
Something that may be overlooked here is the signing bonus for Dugger. These are tough times with many Americans unemployed. Maybe Dugger needed some money now to support his family and himself. Jobs aren't aplenty out there so maybe BB had to make space so the Pats could throw some money to KD sooner than later.
All three position groups in your post are strengths of the 2020 Patriots with excellent depth and a combination of youth and experience. Danny Vitale's signing to replace Develin in the RB group and Chung's signing for the secondary are low-cost moves while other position groups (QB and LB respectively) adapt to new starters.
The thing about this backfield is that they will know where to line up and what their assignments are on every play. Stidham can focus on his job and not be concerned about anyone being out of position. If the OL is intact when the season gets underway (Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon), the only other rookie on the field will be a tight end. That makes Stidham's transition to starter a lot easier.
If Damien Harris and Yodny Cajuste can step up as depth players, the offense should be solid, not great, but solid.
As I've posted elsewhere, I fully expect BB to trade for or sign a good veteran wideout to add to the current group. It made perfect sense to stay out of the rookie WR draft sweepstakes given that he has two 2nd year contributors on the roster already.
@goheels22002 Well done
Miguel! You are a rock star. It's good to see your post here. We are not worthy.
Chung's 2021 dead money pales in comparison to the load of dead money left behind by Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Michael Bennett and Stephen Gostkowski - $21.4 million of the Pats league leading $23 million.
The Pats will be in much better shape a year from now.
Oh. Right. I'll fix that. Thx.
If I have more time I'll try to research this, but I really feel that there's gotta be some teams who have had both rookies & 1st-year players (if not 2nd-year players too) on their 53s at some point during the past season, especially if IR lists are included...
I get your point but getting the money is usually not a problem especially if you have been drafted very early and have a reputable agent (and not your cousin ect.). In fact providing cash flow for situations like that is actually often part of the contract with the agent.
Similarly most NFL contracts have automatic restructuring provisions included to convert salary into a signing bonus. Getting about 900k in relief is chump change that they could have gotten in many other ways as well if time was really of the essence.
To me Chung's extension was not some desperate move to sign Dugger at all.
I agree. I also believe that there was no harm in extending Ching now and signing Dugger. BTW, is there any consequences of being a non-signed player with regard to contacts with team and other such items?
In any case, Chung was always going to extended, so now is fine.
As it is very common to have draft picks unsigned until shortly before camp I don't think there is anything really problematic there.
Not sure why you're confused.
Patrick Chung is a 3 time Superbowl Champion and one of its elite foundational players on defense.
Phillips was always more a special teams guy than a good SS. And Dugger is super raw. JoeJuan seems to be another bust pick in the making.
So what was it then?
For all the people screaming "what about the children" (Duggar) remember the Pats lost not only Harmon but Ebner as well. Not only do they run a lot of three safety sets on defense but these safeties play special teams as well and Duggar may have his hands full as a punt returner.
Chung received extensions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with two of those being multiyear deals including the last one. It's all funny money. When we see the real contract details and guaranteed dollars we'll know what he's making.
He probably already told BB this was his last season and he's going to retire or maybe has two more left in him. With that inside knowledge they can pay the player to mentor Duggar for a year and mitigate risk.
I spaced out on the Develin retirement and the corresponding signing of Danny Vitale who is an ideal replacement in Belichick's and McDaniel's FB-reliant rushing and passer protection offense. The other guy who showed signs of being a good depth player was German Jakob Johnson out of the international league and UT-Knoxville.
The more I look at the roster, the more I like it.
The weakest links in the roster, due primarily inexperience, are QB, TE and maybe LB. I wish Van Noye could have been re-signed.
That $23 million in dead money was a real anchor during this off-season. In spite of that, the Patriots appear to have assembled a good team with quality depth.
There will be several more moves as the off-season proceeds. I hope they don't repeat the circus of the Antonio Brown experiment. This is a young team in a leadership transition that needs to focus on what it can do best in the post-Brady era. Distractions are not needed this year.
Steve Belichick would be happy.
Should also probably bring in an elite corner............ for 5th CB competition.
We didn't lose Harmon. We traded him.
America didn't do that. If you want to be critical start with the NYFL and the New England Patriots.
He was in the final year of his contract, and his snaps still need replacing.
But wasn't Chung already under contract for 2020?
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