Re: 3 Must Sign Patriot Free Agents - How?
posted at 1/12/2014 2:05 PM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Blount and Talib are 2 guys I would look long and hard at giving a multi million dollar deal. For reasons beyond the field.
+1, might even be alright with letting go of Talib because of health issues. Feel for the guy but have to wonder with all the lower body issues how long he is for the league. Great talent but long term big money is a major risk with him.
Yeah, I hate to lose a top end talent level corner for all the trouble we have had filling the position, but history of hip injury + more then 1 red flag off field issues. I just don't think he will end up being worth the risk. Plus, Dennard and Ryan look like a good 1-2 punch in my book.
Blount is probably playing himself into a big contract that we KNOW BB will not match. We know the value placed on RB's in this system. the Dillion extension came back and bit us and he was the only time we paid a RB.(He got fat after his ring. Plus after a 10 year career running into 8 in the box we ran him for 1,600 yards)
I think there is a better chance Ridley comes back as he might not command the money Blount will after the last 3 games. And to be honest I am ok with that. I think Ridley is a good RB.
Deal could be worth $25 million over five years
April 12, 2005, 11:59 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com
To no one's surprise, Corey Dillon's fresh start with the New England Patriots ended up with a reward.
New England Patriots
2004 SEASON STATISTICS Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD 345 1635 12 15 103 1
Dillon, who rushed for 1,635 yards in his first season with the Super Bowl champion Patriots, agreed to a contract extension that could keep him a Patriot for the remainder of his career. The restructuring of the deal guarantees that he will make $10 million the next two seasons, and if the Patriots pick up the option in 2007, he might make $25 million over the next five years.
Dillon, 30, was entering the final year of his contract and was scheduled to make $3.95 million. By reaching this agreement, the Patriots will lower Dillon's current cap number of $4.495 million and give them more room to sign free agents and their draft choices. Entering Monday, the Patriots were only $619,000 under the salary cap.
"They stepped up and took care of him, even though he's on the wrong side of 30," agent Steve Feldman said. "This deal allows him to end his career as a Patriot."
In many ways, this deal goes against NFL traditions. Dillon will be 31 in October, and running backs tend to take pay cuts in their 30s. It happened to
of the Steelers and former Titan
For the Patriots to step up and reward Dillon at his age is significant, though Dillon shows no signs of slowing down now that he's left his 20s. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first six season with the Bengals before suffering injuries in 2003.
He lobbied to be traded to a winning team and got his wish before last season, when the Patriots swapped a second-round draft pick for Dillon to bolster their ground game.
He responded by rushing for a career-high and team-best 1,635 yards, with 12 touchdowns. Dillon had 75 yards on 18 carries, including a 2-yard scoring run, in the Super Bowl victory.
After the game, he said all he needed was the right situation to bring out the best in him.
"God put me in a good place and surrounded me with good people. This whole thing has been a true blessing. ... This is what it is all about," Dillon said.
The Bengals built their struggling franchise around Dillon in the 1990s, and he became one of only four players in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. The groin injury limited him to 11 starts and 541 yards in 2003.
The Bengals tired of his complaining about not getting the ball enough, and dealt him. To join the Patriots, Dillon restructured the last two years of his contract, softening the their salary cap hit for 2004.
Last season was Dillon's best, topping his best season by 200 yards. His presence allowed quarterback Tom Brady to work more play-action passes and add a yard to his yard-per-completion numbers and open up more passing routes downfield.
Dillon, who turns 31 in October, was a second-round pick out of Washington in 1997. He broke Jim Brown's rookie record by running for 246 yards against Tennessee.