Re: Why did we let Samuel go again?
posted at 4/15/2012 7:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Why did we let Samuel go again?
[QUOTE]Since Samuel left the Patriots have had a hard time finding his replacement. 2008 drafted Terrence Wheatley 2nd Jonathan Wilhite 4th signed journeymen Jason Webster Deltha O'Neal Ade Jimoh Fernando Bryant Lewis Sanders Jason Webster 2009 drafted Darius Butler 2nd signed Leigh Bodden Shawn Springs 2010 drafted Devin McCourty 1st signed Chevis Jackson Terrence Johnson DeAngelo Willingham 2011 drafted Ras-I Dowling 2nd signed Kyle Arrington Antwaun Molden Sterling Moore
Posted by digger0862[/QUOTE]
THIS is what we need to measure letting Samuels go against. The money he wanted was a lot less than we have wasted on all these guys, not to mention the cost opportunity of draft picks.
This is the reason most teams re-sign their star players. You guys would be making the same arguments against Mankins if we let him go (soft on pass rushing but wanted top guard money) or Wilfork (only a run stuffer, poor on pass rushing, sub-optimal in 4 man fronts, wants top DL money) and other crap. And then we would have wasted another god knows how many draft picks and free agent signings trying to get replacements. Infact these arguments were made against Mankins and Wilfork too.
Fact is your star players are star players because they are performing great in your system. I keep hearing arguments that the players we let go don't work in other systems as justification for letting them go. And yet noone talks about the dozens of good players in other systems that don't work in ours, A Thomas being the most egregious example but the list is long with Ochocinco being the most recent bust.
If someone is working well in your system he's worth more to you than he is to others, if you can get him for the same price others are willing to pay then you come out ahead. THIS is why almost all teams re-sign their star players. It's too hard to find the replacements as good at that price.
I am only talking about star players, those who are top-5 league-wide at their position. I think letting Samuels go was a stupid move. I think his interception ability is astounding and his coverage skills are still better than anyone we have currently. And we have wasted a lot more draft picks and dollars than what he wanted.
Frankly I won't even be that surprised if Samuels comes back to the Patriots to finish his career.