Re: What's going on with abraham and sanders? Your serious speculation..
posted at 3/17/2013 1:27 PM EDT
Lets take a few things on faith, and track record. It may clarify some things..
1. The patriots are not stupid.
2. The patriots never overpay.
3. The patriots don't hang on to people too long, they would rather dump them too early.
4. The patriots would not ransom the future in hope of winning next year.
5. The patriots don't really give a rats behind what the press says about them.
Now, let's construct our team. Welker is looking for big money. Team thinks they have plenty up the middle and short, and lock up the two TEs long term. Is Welker now crucial? No. Nice to have? Yes, but better to just have someone decent, and count on TWO guys being healthy at the same time to supply you with short/intermediate routes and blocking. Amendola can also stretch the field, and could be in place 5 years, along with the two TE's and maybe Hoomanaumanui. It makes more sense to let Welker go if the money is too much. They just paid him 9 mill, but he apparently wants a bit more than you want to pay him. Remember, he helped get you to the SB twice, but you lost, and lost a few playoff games where passes went clang clang clang off his hands. He's great, but Troy Brown was CLUTCH. So, you try a contract, he gets offended, you move on, he moves on. Good enough.
NOW you look at your glaring weakness. No dangerous outside receivers. Lloyd's legendary twisting catches and athleticism didn't really appear much last year, and he doesn't scare anyone deep. Good to have, but not for a bunch of money. Let him walk and see if he comes back. Make a play for Jennings. Get Donald Jones from the Bills. Amendola is a slot, but does have speed and can get behind guys. Sanders is a proven commodity who would be worth a 3rd round pick in a deep draft. If they get him, great. If not, take the fastest of what is left. Lets say you get him. You now can line up any combination of Sanders, Jones, Gronk, Hern, and Amendola. Now you need backups. Edelman? Probably. Lloyd again? Most likely. Draft a big wideout or two, and you now have the ability to use the ENTIRE field. For years to come. It makes perfect sense, and will eliminate the debacle that unfolded in the Ravens game. And before that. I liked Wes, but he was playing the press, and it had to get resolved. So, now you addressed your offensive issues for the immediate and short term future, and you can make a good 5 year run to end Tom Brady's time with the team.
Makes sense to me.