www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/garybrackettcolts8x10.jpg" alt="Brackett" width="271" height="340" align="right" />Gary Brackett has said he would like to retire as an Indianapolis Colt. But he understands the business side of football. You don’t always get what you wish for.
That said, should the 29-year-old middle linebacker hit free agency next Friday, we asked if he would be open to joining the archrival Pats?
His answer: ”Absolutely!”
The Colts did not apply the franchise tag to the heart and soul of their defense. At the moment, Brackett’s agent Brian Mackler is currently in talks with the team in hopes of coming to terms on a deal. If an agreement isn’t reached by the March 5 deadline, ”then I’m free and we’ll see what happens.”
”After March 5, I’ll entertain all possibilities. I consider myself a blue collar worker, a guy who comes to work and gives his all,” said Brackett, who was attending the NFLPA’s safety and welfare summit. ”(Former Patriots linebacker) Tedy Bruschi, I have a lot of respect for him and what he’s done for that organization. I’ve followed his career. That would definitely be a place I’d consider. Business is business. You have to prepare for everything.”
But the Patriots? Seriously?
”I have a great deal of respect for Bill Belichick, and really the whole New England organization,” Brackett went on. ”Those guys are top class, and I think it’s a healthy rivalry. I think guys really respect each other. Before the game, I shake Kevin Faulk’s hand, and Tom Brady’s hand. And I say, ‘Here we go again.’ I don’t think it’s one of those Cincinnati, Pittsburgh rivalries, where we’re kicking dirt in each other’s faces. So I think it’s mutual respect between organizations, and we just have a little fun with it, going back and forth.”
Brackett, who had 99 tackles last season, has a great locker room presence. If Indy doesn’t sign him, it’ll be interesting to see if the Pats kick the tires to see what it wold take to have him land in New England.