Re: Mike Wallace a Patriot?
posted at 2/21/2012 8:38 AM EST
In Response to Re: Mike Wallace a Patriot?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Mike Wallace a Patriot? : Funny, but I agree. I love Welker, but honestly Gronk and Hernandez give you that same underneath skill set - if you get Wallace you add something that is missing. I got to think you could find a decent (not as good as Welker) slot receiver to take his spot, easier than to find a young explosive, productive, big play, consistent, young wide receiver. Either that or you just keep Welker and hope for the best in the draft. Maybe a guy like Lloyd is the answer, but he's hasn't consistently produced and is 31 years old. Add in the fact that he is a diva(without the production)...and he's not coming cheap either.
Posted by mthurl[/QUOTE]
There are a couple of things you need to factor in too.
- Welker: Already has proven chemistry with Brady. How many WR's have we seen come in to NE and just plan fail because of a lack of chemistry with Brady? There is no guarantee Wallace will gel with Brady and that would be an expensive and PR nightmare mistake to make
- Lloyd: Yes his numbers haven't been great over the years but his best 2 statistical years have come with McDaniels leading the O's. Again, how many WR's have we seen come in and fail because they can't understand the system which prevents them from gaining chemistry with Brady? Lloyd might not be a guarantee but we do know he can and has performed in McDaniels system
- Pick: #31 might not seem like much to give up for Wallace and truthfully you most likely won't find a WR of Wallaces ability at #31. However, if you are considering dumping Welker for Wallace it now becomes Welker and the #31 pick. Is Wallace enough of a talent to replace both Welker and possibly a pass rusher and secondary help you could get at #31? The overall improvement to the team might be greater with Welker and the pick then Wallace alone.
If they can squeeze Welker and Wallace together then the pick isn't a huge lose, provided they can still get help on D in FA. But, if Wallace means the lose of Welker and a pick that could be used to supplement our biggest weakness then that might be to big of a price tag for an O that was at the top of the league when fully healthy