Re: Pats will not make any moves..
posted at 2/18/2010 4:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: Pats will not make any moves..
In Response to Re: Pats will not make any moves.. : When you have Brady and Belicheck you should be a little more than "competitive" every year. Just because they spend to the cap, doesn't mean they are tops in actual money signed out in bonuses etc. Besides I'm talking about Letting a Seymour go without it helping us at all this year. Letting a Branch go without it helping at all that season. We would have beat the Colts that year and then Chicago if we had Branch. I don't like them wasting Brady's prime. And he doesn't restructure every year. Now I must go my mom is going to read me one of those Dr. Suess novels, I here they're fascinating.
Posted by mthurl
NE got a great deal that they couldn't turn down for Seymour.....they have 2 first round picks for next year's draft....I suppose you would rather have kept Seymour and lost him to free agency this year. he is on the down side of his career and still wants a big payday.
You wanted to Over pay for Branch? Didn't we get a 1st round pick for him? Again, he would have been another player that would have walked and we wold have gotten nothing for him.
let me refresh your memory:2006 contract issues
In May 2006, the Patriots attempted to spark negotiations by offering Branch a contract extension through 2009. The offer had a $4 million signing bonus and $4 million option bonus payable in 2007. His base salary for 2006 would have been $1.045 million. In 2007, he would get $1.4 million, $4.3 million in 2008, and $4.75 million in 2009. There were also workout bonuses for an extra $300,000. Although those were only base salaries, he would have been expected to make roughly $6.25 million.
Branch wanted a deal that a player would receive in unrestricted free agency. An example of a deal Branch pointed to is the six year, $40 million deal that Reggie Wayne got. An example of a lower class team signing a high profile contract was the $24 million, 5 year deal his former teammate David Givens got with the Tennessee Titans.
On June 14, 2006, Branch began his holdout with the Patriots. It continued into August, and through the first three preseason games. The Patriots fined him $600,000 ($14,000 a day) due to his holdout.
On August 25, 2006, the New England Patriots issued this statement, "The New England Patriots had given Deion Branch permission to seek a trade and negotiate a contract with other clubs. This permission was extend until September 1, 2006." This gave Branch six days to seek a trade with another team.
No trade was made, and Branch filed a grievance claiming that the Patriots violated an agreement by not completing a fair trade between them and a team willing to give Branch a contract extension.
Branch also had a non-injury grievance pending that the Patriots failed to negotiate in good faith; that grievance was to be heard first, though the NFL argued that both grievances are basically the same.
On September 11, 2006, Branch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots received a first round #24 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft from the trade which was used on University of Miami Safety, Brandon Meriweather.You do understand that you have to look to the future as well as today to make decisions....this is what made the Pats one of the best teams of the decade. Do you want to change that?
You do realize that there was no Brady in 2008? and NE was still competitive......