Re: Bring Back Daniel Fells
posted at 12/10/2013 10:29 AM EST
In response to Low-FB-IQ's comment:
In response to TripleOG's comment:
look what i found
Maybe the Patriots don't plan to use any tight ends at all this season.
Despite the fact that Rob Gronkowski's health is still up in the air, New England has cut two of the five tight ends on their roster. Both Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells have been released, the team announced on Friday.
Fells release is probably the more surprising one, considering the sixth-year tight end signed a three-year, $5.25 million deal in March 2012.
With Fells and Ballard gone, that leaves New England with Gronkowski, Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui as the only tight ends on the roster.
Sudfeld may be the reason coach Bill Belichick felt comfortable dumping Fells and Ballard. The rookie tight end, who signed as an undrafted free agent in May, finished the preseason with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, leading Ben Volin of the Boston Globe to calling him 'Baby Gronk.'
The bigger question would be signing bonus amount.
The number of years and money is irrelevant if you want him as a possible safety net till you get your position sorted during your team build.
You can't look at the money and say that is legitimately how much they value the guy until he makes the roster and actually starts "earning" that.
Until that happens it is simply a manipulation of a position, salary cap, and the roster to make sure you have right of first refusal on a particular player in a position of many question marks to start the season.
...or to put it more simply, it is a tryout wrap in an illusion of a payday.
I dont know about any of that fbi- q. I am not questioning the great BB. All I did was respond to Kansas for his comment saying "Fells had no clue" and I am saying, Yes he did but he was cut in favor of Sudfeld in the same manner that Ryan Allen was kept over a guy making more money. Its simple math. One worked out great and the other not so much as we went 6 weeks and had 4 catches by the TE but having Brady, we survived. I am saying nothing more or less and yet some guys will Render a player useless and say since BB cut him he must S*ck and thats not true.
If you are also saying the same thing I am hidden inbetween that business jargon then we agree.
3 years at 5 million is more than any undrafted guy will ever make. Easy as that, no need to go into bonuses and caps. Suds was Cheaper and showed some potential. Its probably why they didnt reach out to fells this time...they learned when they tried to call LLoyd back that some guys aint gonna wait around for the pats to warm up again