Re: Dwight Freeney will not be back with the colts
posted at 2/16/2013 8:34 AM EST
In the last decade, according ESPN's own John Clayton. No DE selected after the 10 slot in the draft has recorded a double digit sack total in his rookie season. So it's unlikely that the Pat's will be able to add an impact DE draftng at the end of the first round? As such, why waste the pick. This years draft is no different, since it's a premium position to begin with the Pats would basically be left with table scraps. My guess is they go big with thier first pick, an interior lineman (DT or a G). Belicheck might even trade out of the first round entirely and use the moneys slotted for a first rounder on a free agent or for multiple picks later after trading down.
It's all about how best to utelize the available roster slots and salary cap moneys...
Top free agents: Welker, Vollmer & Talib...suffice to say. I doubt the Patriots are going to give Welker 15M plus per...No disprespect to Wes, but he's a very replaceable asset in the slot. In fact we have a couple of in house guys at the ready to do just that in Woodhead & Edleman...Vollmer and Talib are both far more valuable in the big picture.
Team Needs: In order of importance 1) SS, 2) CB, 3) DT, 4) OL, 5) WR.
the good news is that this years free agent class is deep with options for the safty poistion...here's the link to the full article...below is the eval on each...
The free agent crop of safeties is loaded with young talent, but there are also a couple of veterans who could have options if they decide to keep playing.
The 2013 crop of free agent safeties isn't lacking on talent, as three of the six Pro Bowlers are going to hit the market. Not only that, but there is a combination of veterans and rising stars. Here is a closer look at the top safeties who will hit the free agent market. Best Available
Jairus Byrd: Byrd isn't one of the three players who made the Pro Bowl, but that doesn't mean he isn't the best available free agent. The 26-year-old turned in another excellent season in Buffalo and is rated as the best free agent safety by Pro Football Focus, and it isn't close. Byrd finished the season with 76 tackles, four forced fumbles, five interceptions and five tackles for loss, proving he can play both the run and excel in coverage. He may not have the name recognition of others, but Byrd will be a big acquisition wherever he ends up.
Dashon Goldson: Goldson didn't generate a lot of interest when he was a free agent two seasons ago, but he will have a bigger market this time around. After making the Pro Bowl last season, the 49ers used the franchise tag to keep Goldson in 2012. He made the Pro Bowl again this season and it would cost the 49ers nearly $7.5 million to franchise him again. If the 49ers don't use the franchise tag, they may have to enter a bidding war to keep him.
William Moore: After playing in just two games as a rookie, Moore took on a much bigger role in his second year and has produced at a high level since. He's had injury issues the past two seasons, including missing four games this season for Atlanta, but when he's on the field he's proven to be a playmaker. He finished this season with 75 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.
LaRon Landry: After two injury-plagued seasons ended his career in Washington, Landry rebounded in 2012 with the New York Jets. He finished the season with 99 tackles and two interceptions on his way to earning the first Pro Bowl invitation of his career. While he may not be the best coverage safety available, Landry is known to be one of the more physical safeties in the NFL.
Stevie Brown: Brown has played for three different teams during his three-year career, but excelled as a starter for the Giants last season. He will be a restricted free agent this season, but could interest teams enough to be tendered an offer. Brown started 11 games this season, finishing with 76 tackles, 11 pass deflections and eight interceptions.
Ed Reed/Ronde Barber: Both Reed and Barber have spent their entire careers with one team. Both, however, will be free agents and could interest teams if they decide to test the market. Reed still has a knack for pulling the ball out of the air. He had four interceptions during the season and big one in the Ravens' Super Bowl win. Retirement could also be an option for both, though seems less likely for Reed.
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