Re: New England 2012 moves thus far, and what other additons are needed.
posted at 3/18/2012 3:48 PM EDT
In Response to Re: New England 2012 moves thus far, and what other additons are needed.
The Webb thing makes little sense. And, if you did pay through the nose for the trendy CB of 2011 (Tramon Williams was it in 2010), you wouldn't need a Safety in FA anymore or in the draft. BB would just move McCourty to FS next to Chung and build from there. It's pretty clear BB won't be doing that based on the way he's approaching FA so far. Also, I can't get past your "dominant OL" point. We pay Logie Mankins 9 million per year, Dan Connolly just ourperformed him again, Light had his best year at age 32, Solder looks legit at Tackle and Brian Waters is likely returning after his stellar season. Cannon looks the part to me as well. I just cannot fathom what else you want here when you have Tom Brady behind that O Line. We won 3 SBs with different variations of O Lines that weren't as talented as this one. I would look at C/G in the draft to develop behing Connolly. Also, would like Tackle to do the same for backing up the eventual and likely Solder/Cannon duo, if Vollmer continues to have injury problems.
Posted by BassFishing
How would getting Webb make little sense? It would actually make perfect sense and a typical BB move:
1) It takes a top end CB away from a AFC rival who will most likely contend with the Pats for the AFCC
2) Williams had a great 2011 season following his 2010 season. Shut down corners are extremely hard to find so getting a shot at a top 10 CB should not be taken lightly.
3) Given Webb is still rising and has only had 1 year of success you could argue giving him a below market value for a RFA (ala Welker). This provides tremendous value given how crazy contract for top end CB's have escalated recently
4) BB likes to hedge his bets with his starters. Having Webb, Ras, McCourty in a rotational role keeps them fresh and has 3 starting caliber players for 2 positions (depth BB loves to build if capable). It also protects him in worst case scenario's in which Ras continues to have injury issues or if the FS position becomes an issue again and McCourty needs to move back over. This allows BB to have max flexibility
5) The weakness of the S class in this years draft makes having the flexibility of moving a McCourty to FS a bigger need. As you pointed out Barron most likely won't be there and past that would you say any of the S's in the draft are better then what McCourty might bring?
6) Webb is still young and coming from a complex secondary scheme that runs similar groupings as the Pats do.
All in all if Webb comes in at 50-75% of the cost as Carr or Finnegan in terms of contract then this would be an extremely BB type of move. Hurt your AFC rival, get a below market value deal for a upcoming player who hasn't fully entered their prime yet, and it's in a position of need for the Pats that produces great depth with maximum flexibility options.
BTW if Webb turns out to be like Williams I think we'd all be extremely happy. Over the last 4 years Williams has been one of the best CB's in the league, averaging ~5 ints a season, ~18 PD a season, ~58 tackles a season. His numbers have progressively gotten better each season too. I'd think we'd all take Williams if we could over anyone we currently have in the CB core