Re: Article on Maroney
posted at 5/24/2010 9:55 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Article on Maroney
If NE can somehow draft Mark Ingram with Oakland's 1st rd pick next year, I think this answers the Maroney issue.
Posted by russgriswold
It's not just a Maroney issue. Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, Chris Taylor, BenJarvus Green-Ellis AND Laurence Maroney are all free agents after this season. Faulk and Taylor are both likely to retire and Morris could also decide to call it quits. Maroney isn't someone the Pats will give a generous offer to I don't think, and BenJarvus and Chris Taylor are the definition of average.
I think DeAngelo Williams gets traded for with a second round pick and maybe something else. Carolina wants to transition to a Jonathan Stewart-based running game. Tyrell Sutton is capable enough to back him up. Can't forget, DeAngelo is also entering a contract season and I think he ends up getting the tag and trade treatment since the Panthers will be able to get more than a 3rd round pick, in a trade, as compensation.
Another option for the Pats is to go after Ronnie Brown and Joseph Addai. Brown offers versatility and experience at the runningback position while Addai is one of the most efficient blocker-pass catcher-runner combo backs in the NFL and his level of experience, (especially in the redzone), is tremendous.
Runningbacks aside, Kraft and company need to focus on other free agents; Randy Moss, Tom Brady, Torry Holt, Alge Crumpler, Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Stephen Gostkowski, Gary Guyton, and Brandon McGowan.
To simplify those priorities hypothetically, Vollmer could take over for Light, Rob Gronkowski takes over for Crumpler, Brandon Tate takes over for Torry Holt, and Pat Chung in for Brandon McGowan. That would leave Guyton, Brady, Moss, Gostkowski, and Mankins to be re-signed and maybe some other players contracts get restructured too. Going after free agents or a player like DeAngelo Williams in a trade could be too much cap wise assuming there is a cap again next year.