topic inspired by my buddy ramekap.
my thoughts beloiw:
rame where you been, ive missed our thoughtfull and intelligent conversations about patriot football.
i have been posing the same questions with others on the draft thread about bb deciding if vollmers back will hinder his play and games played through his career or not. if not sign him,. if hes gonna play half teh time, no.
before talib arrived in n.e., i hoped we go to man wiht dennard and talib and get more agressive with the de. to my pleasant astonishment, we have doen so and the de looks in rare form and i believe, with health, could also improve. after talibs 1st game, i hoped and would have attempted to extend talib while he was happy to jsut be in the laegue still, never mind with a super bowl team. i said then if we let him show how good and valuable he can be, he might get self confident and feel he should go make top money wherever the top $ is.
re welker started a couple threads the past couple weeks. did you see last week, bb having a lot of leverage to get welker to come down in his demands (hall of fame if he stays and continues same for another 3 years, yearly sb contention,. staying with his buddy and on the field connector brady, not having to start to create somenting all over again, etc.). id liek to offer him 5 years 2 guaranteed (keep him as long as he stays in top form) around 6 or up to 7 per.
talib may be the most important of the 3 (least replaceable) though i want a behavior based and games played based contract 4 years, team option for 5.
though if we wave bye to vollmer i wonder if we get jake long for right tackle.
and woudl have to replace welker if he left.
we need a starting safety opposite mccourty in free agency.
i would be on the phone to byrd (buff) and goldson (sf), see who might want to be a patriot for less than top dollar (but still good money). our secondary starters woudl be set with talib, dennard at corner; mcc and gholson/bird at safety.
pickup a wilfork 2.0, a jones 2.0 and a dominant c/g and we are set.
(after resigning welker and vollmer [or repacing him if back is going ot be a career issue])
in the 7th rd or in udfa, we need a tall outside wr who can get separation.