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OT: Roquan Smith requests a Trade

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chasa

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
don't we have like 100 mil in cap space next year? bring him in, trade one of the WR to offset some of the cap, extend him and throw the bears a 2 and a 3.
 

Ivan

Hall of Fame Poster
Great player. I doubt we will see him playing here, but I would love to see it happen. Immediate big upgrade to the defense.
 

Toofy

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
A massive draft haul? Meh, as good as Roquan Smith, is, he's still a linebacker. And as you've just stated, he wants to get paid. So I don't see the Bears getting more than a 1st or 2nd round pick plus a later pick in return.

As this relates to the Patriots, the more relevant questions are 1) how do they feel about their linebacker corps and if they are interested 2) would they be able to fit Roquan Smith under the cap considering he wants to get paid as a top linebacker.

Would I feel more confident about the Patriots defense with a stud linebacker like Roquan Smith? Of course. But it really depends on how BB feels about his defensive personnel.

Does he feel like he has enough back there with the likes of Raekwon McMillan, Mack Wilson, and Jawhuan Bentley? None of these guys are household names, but maybe BB feels the linebackers he has now are good enough considering that he seems to feel good about his DL with Godchaux and Barmore up front.
We can sign any stud linebacker we need next off-season without any draft capital. Why pay now. We are not winning the Superbowl this year.
 

n6249c

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We can sign any stud linebacker we need next off-season without any draft capital. Why pay now. We are not winning the Superbowl this year.
Can’t sign them if they’re not on the market.

if Smith is traded no doubt he will be extended. So contrary to your false equivalency if he’s really on the trade market the Pats wont get him without spending some capital.
 

Toofy

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
Can’t sign them if they’re not on the market.

if Smith is traded no doubt he will be extended. So contrary to your false equivalency if he’s really on the trade market the Pats wont get him without spending some capital.
Are we sure no other linebacker will be on the market next year?
 

VJCPatriot

Pro Bowl Player
We can sign any stud linebacker we need next off-season without any draft capital. Why pay now. We are not winning the Superbowl this year.
You assume that 1) BB is willing to spend big money on a linebacker 2) a stud linebacker becomes available in the free agency market who wants to sign with the Patriots. None of those are a given. With a trade, at least you're guaranteed to get your guy.

Don't forget that free agency is a bidding war. Any 'stud player' is going to demand top dollar. And except for the one huge spending spree in 2021, the Patriots are historically not known for shelling out top dollar to free agents.
 

TommyD4207

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
You assume that 1) BB is willing to spend big money on a linebacker 2) a stud linebacker becomes available in the free agency market who wants to sign with the Patriots. None of those are a given. With a trade, at least you're guaranteed to get your guy.

Don't forget that free agency is a bidding war. Any 'stud player' is going to demand top dollar. And except for the one huge spending spree in 2021, the Patriots are historically not known for shelling out top dollar to free agents.
Steph Gilmore says hi.
 

Triumph

Hall of Fame Poster
You assume that 1) BB is willing to spend big money on a linebacker 2) a stud linebacker becomes available in the free agency market who wants to sign with the Patriots. None of those are a given. With a trade, at least you're guaranteed to get your guy.

Don't forget that free agency is a bidding war. Any 'stud player' is going to demand top dollar. And except for the one huge spending spree in 2021, the Patriots are historically not known for shelling out top dollar to free agents.
Smith is looking for a contract in the 20 million per season neighborhood.

 

gobesmug

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Its not just Gilmore, Roosevelt Colvin (hip injury derailed his promising career), Darrelle Revis would be others that come to mind.
Revis came here for a 1 year deal on a relatively cheap contract to restore his image and get one last big payday.

Gilmore, Colvin and Adalius Thomas were the 3 big FA signings prior to 2021.

The lack of big name big contract FAs in hindsight is actually a good sign of high quality drafting. The cap was mostly spent on retaining great players instead of having to bring in outside help

The 2021 spending spree was the result of bad drafting for years. The 21 and 22 draft so far look promising so hopefully that dry spell is over.
 


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