Offseason Analysis: New England Patriots

Feb 17, 2009

New England just missed the playoffs last year at 11-5 despite losing their franchise player Tom Brady early on Opening Day.  Matt Cassel filled in admirably and received the franchise tag.  The Pats may be holding onto Matt in case Brady is ready or they could be looking to deal him and made sure he wouldn’t get away without compensation.  I don’t need to tell you the Patriots are pretty hush hush.  Laurence Maroney should be back, but it remains to be seen if he can stay healthy.  Sammy Morris will also be in the mix.  At this point, Morris is probably the RB I’d select first in a fantasy draft.  LaMont Jordan is a free agent, and likely won’t return.  Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis will round out the RB position.  FB Heath Evans is also a Free Agent, but I suspect he’s re-signed.  He’s a protypical Patriots player.  Randy Moss and Wes Welker will lead the WRs once again.  Jabar Gaffney is an Unrestricted Free Agent.  Knowing the way the Pats operate, he’ll likely have to leave money on the table to return.  Ben Watson returns at TE.  Offensively the Pats will probably make minor adjustments and draft guys that fit their system.

S Rodney Harrison is a question mark.  He’s a Free Agent, but at his age it might be best for the Patriots to close the door on him.  They have done well in recent drafts with LB Jerod Mayo and S Brandon Meriweather.  They once again need to get younger at LB and add some talent in their secondary.  The return of Adalius Thomas will help, but they are going to need to add some Pass Rushers.  They were middle-of-the road with 31.  It will be intersting to see how they operate without Scott Pioli, but I think they will be able to make the adjustment and continue to thrive.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
RB LaMont Jordan UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
FB Heath Evans UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
WR Jabar Gaffney UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
P Chris Hanson UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
P Tom Malone Re-signed New England Patriots New England Patriots
OG Russ Hochstein UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
OG Barry Stokes UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
OT Wesley Britt RFA New England Patriots Free Agent
C Lonie Paxton UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
C Ryan Wendell Re-signed New England Patriots New England Patriots
DL Titus Adams Re-signed New England Patriots New England Patriots
DL Angelo Craig Re-signed New England Patriots New England Patriots
DL Darrell Robertson Re-signed New England Patriots New England Patriots
DL Kenny Smith UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
LB Eric Alexander RFA New England Patriots Free Agent
LB Ryan Claridge UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
LB Larry Izzo UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
LB Pierre Woods RFA New England Patriots Free Agent
CB Deltha O’Neal UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
CB Lewis Sanders UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
SS Rodney Harrison UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
SS James Sanders UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
SS Tank Williams UFA New England Patriots Free Agent
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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    S Rodney Harrison is a question mark. He’s a Free Agent, but at his age it might be best for the Patriots to close the door on him.

    agreed!!

  2. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    Knowing the Pats they will bring him back only on the cheap.

  3. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    I could even see them using him at LB in nickle and dime situations.

  4. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    that would work!
    i dunno the aging are dropping already off roster’s….

  5. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Bill swoops them up on the cheap and plugs them in.

  6. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    LMAO! ya i know!

  7. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    guess what, i’ve got it on a solid source……….fred taylor is headed here…..what say u lester’s :)

  8. LestersLegends.com
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    I saw welcome aboard.

  9. LestersLegends.com
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    I say welcome aboard.

  10. CK0712
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    thought so, we’ll soon find out……sweet, lucky dog!

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