In response to LazarusintheSanatorium's comment:
Steelers gave RB LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85M deal, including a $950K signing bonus.
Spikes @ 3.25 mil for 1 year w/ a base of 1.25 mil...
What would've kept Spikes here, if he signed a 3.25 mil prove it deal w/ Bills? 2 years @ 5 mil...?!? 3 years @ 7.40 mil? 4 years @ 9.75 mil???!
Sheez...for what I thought Blount & Spikes brought to the table...good grief, IF Pats FO worked these 2 into ANY sorta multi-year contract together, Could NE have kept 2 of the 22 starters on the field THIS year, for 4.5 mil combined? Yup...for the 2014...for their respective cap hits & giving them each a multi year contract....yeeeup.
That's st#p!d sh-#t.
What's the team Cap #$? Good grief...for 2 starters...good grief. That's Early playoffs-Superbowl worthy type-junk. Dang...sicka dvmb stuff for Huge, solid role players. And these guys were young & already proven as B+ starters, plain and simple. They weren't A...but they were 2 young, proven solid B+ contributors. I hate dvmb stuff. No "negative nancy"....no "he thinks he can do it better than belichick"...This is, 2 B+ proven starters...each 1 pain-inducing beasts towards the opposition...ugggh. please. dvmb, dvmb, & dvmb...stop being THIS blindly cheap. NE finally shored up their run game w/ Ridley + Blount. NE finally shored up their middle D formidableness & really stout run game w/ Spikes & (well, mosta the same guys that they didn't quite have a stout interior unpenetrable middle w/ -Mayo, VW, etc). I do not want st#p#d stuff giving us a 1st Rd playoff victory and No SB w/....this silly stuff makes me think progress and solidifying aspects that made us weak 2-3 years ago, a fallacy. Don't SCR#W stuff up for silly $ after you've shored up a weakness we had within the past 2-3 years+ (or several) in the run game, & in the past 3-4 years in the run d game <minus the past 1-3 when we had these guys>. Errrrrrgggh. silly stout, complete, solid, pain-inducing, taking-it-to-then, Football Game stuff. Stout stuff. Enforcing your will on them stuff. Early playoffs to SB stuff... Proven contributor & Impact play & momentum changing player stuff.
dvmb, dvmb, cheap stuff.
Interesting that you group spikes and Blount together. They are similar since they are both big tone-setters.
Size and attitude. You can't really coach that. These 2 guys had it and Pats let them go. We shall see if it hurts them but I agree that this is the thing that Patriots have lacked --- then they get it .... and it was actually working for them (running game with Blount and Defense at beginning of year with Spikes and others healthy) ... kind of like it was slapping them in the face....