Re: Patriots Dead Money
posted at 2/10/2014 3:14 PM EST
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I should have known that starting this thread would result in a regurgitation of the Aaron Hernandez issue at some point.
Could be worse, could be talking about Brady. But, really it's a point of discussion because it does greatly affect this offseason. The amount of dead money is a starting DT or CB or resigning Edelman. So, it does spark conversation of how wise it was to extend him to that much guaranteed money knowing his past and how much of that past the team actually knew. You have to assume they know more than the fans so knowing what you know now (minus the murder just history prior to that point) would you have given that type of contract to him? Not sure I would, I'd still try to resign him but make him a top 10 paid TE I might have waited out that rook contract and tried for something a little less guaranteed and most certainly would have included a behavior clause.
After the kid played the way he did for us and had zero off field issues, yes we all absolutely give him that contract and make him and Gronk the corner stones of our offense. ONLY in hindsight can you sit there and say it was a bad move.
Forget his off the field stuff or prior knowledge...
his on the field production didn't warrant that type of contract. Look at his stats. Actually quite pedestrian.
He caught 70% of his targets, good for top 10 in the league. He was an integral piece of Tom Brady's best season of his career,36 tds to 4 interceptions and the only unanimous mvp in league history. If he didn't kill anybody he would fill the void left by Welker and be absolutley killing it from all over the field. He was a special talent that fit very well with Brady's declining deep ball passing game. BB knew what he was doing...as usual.
According to PFF his drop rate in his last season was over 16%, second worst among TEs with at least 30 catches. He dropped some key passes in the playoffs too. Sure, every player has drops, but Welker is crucified here for his drops. Hernandez was much worse. Not saying he was a bad player, but let's not put the murdering thug on a pedestal just to be able to blindly worship every player move Belichick makes. Hernandez was a big gamble that didn't pay off.
If the Jets had done the same thing, Rusty would never shut up about how dumb they were.
And lets not pretend it was hug gamble to draft this kid in the 4rth round as shown below he had lots of measurables, and after being a pro for 2 years we decided to lock him up for the future. If the kid did great for 2 full seasons then why not sign him? What is the gamble? Ther wasn't one. Only using your tactful eye for hindsight can you see a gamble. I suppose Gronk is now a gambe too because a guy hit him in the knee as hard as he could right when he planted.
I give up.
While psychological profiles can be subjective and far from foolproof, NFL experts say the majority of teams use them to guide their draft choices.
When it comes to Hernandez's acumen for football, the report didn't mince words: It considered him a remarkably qualified candidate, giving him an overall "motivational and mental" test score of 10 out of 10.
In the section of the report labeled "Sigma Motivation" in which Hernandez got a 1 out of 10 in "Social Maturity," he received a perfect 10 for "Focus," two nines in "Self-Efficacy" and "Receptivity to Coaching" and 7 out of 10 for "Dedication." In a section labeled "Mental Ability," Hernandez was given a perfect 10 in "Mental Quickness."
Under "Strengths," the report listed Hernandez's dedication, work ethic and self-confidence. It predicted he would quickly recover from mistakes and bad breaks. "Hernandez sees himself as a football player above all else," the report said. "He will place a high priority on football and what it takes to be successful." Hernandez was also described as being highly responsive to coaching.
In the section marked "Weaknesses," the report predicted Hernandez might get along well with most of his teammates, but "will find very little time to help them." His responses, it added, "suggest he enjoys living on the edge of acceptable behavior and that he may be prone to partying too much and doing questionable things that could be seen as a problem for him and his team."