Ok, so let's analyze the things have done. So far, BB has done almost exactly what I was looking for short of getting an all purpose RB/FB typ in here.
1. Leon Washington. Replaces Woodhead. Cheaper, much better on kick offs. Underrated move. I would have preferred Ginn for a WR deep threat kind of sub player, but this is fine because it's dirt cheap.
2. Welker gone. Amendola in. Younger, more versatile, bigger upside in the future. Good value for the skill set.
3. Resign Arrington. Many do not like this guy, but I think he's invaluable. Rated as the 2nd best nickel when used there last year, he's a lot cheaper than LaDarius Webb, who would have cost a 1st rd pick last year that some wanted to give up. THis is a way better move long term because it forces him into his best role for the team. Also, he's not overpaid. It's becoming annoying to read that.
4. Donald Jones. An interesting choice. Features high IQ, good route runner, good hands, etc. I like how they prioritized football IQ for once. The 1 year bargain basement deal screams "prove you fit in here and we'll talk after the season". NOt a sexy signing by any means, but you wonder what 45 receptions with Fitzpatrick turns into with Brady and these weapons around him, assuming he makes the team.
5. Adrian Wilson. A huge, huge move on short money. He will help settle the back end, make McCourty better and he can help groom Tavon Wilson. This guy is basically the Safety version of Aneas Williams in Arizona for 10 years. The best in the business, largely not known well enough by AFC fans in particular, but he changes the tone on the back end, big time.
6. Resign Talib. Another prove it deal. A coup because he chose to take the deal over other teams better offers. 5 mil for year is slightly under market, IMO. His behavorial issues likely helped BBs leverage. This comes in well under the tag number too. The flooded market helped BB as well.
1. Loyd. He could still be back depending on BB's future moves.
2. Donald Thomas. Big loss in terms of depth. Really good up and coming Guard, IMO. Indy got a good player. Good scouting on their part.
3. Welker. Not going to get into it again. The time has come.
4. Woodhead. Loved the guy, but when overused we lost games just like with Welker. His last deal screamed bridge season for him personally with Vereen ready. Congrats on your deal, great teammate, etc.
Unknowns: Vollmer, Edelman. Ditch Vollmer, bring back Edelman.
Abraham, Emmanuel Sanders? Would like both in here.
Overall, I am thrilled so far and can't complain. The main things that seem likely is the WR situation and a veteran CB on the dirt cheap, maybe league minimum for camp.
BB has had a plan and worked very well so far.
Good thread Russ, bottomline: we are not done. And wait till the Draft, UDFAs, training camp cuts. There is still time in FA now, but there will be more change down the line. Either people accept the changes (Welker gone) or not, it really doesn't matter, because BB and the Pats are moving on.