Don't get me wrong, IBWT and all, but Circuit City has seen more activity down at Patriot Place than the football front office and it's only been closed for a year.
While the Jets and Dolphins have re-tooled in recent days with the acquisitions of wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Brandon Marshall, respectively, the Patriots currently head into the summer with David Patten as their biggest offseason pickup at the position. Depending on what you expect out of Julian Edelman and following the injury to Wes Welker, a guy who wasn't even in the league most of last season is now No. 2 or 3 on the receiving depth chart behind Randy Moss. When's Doug Gabriel coming?
Oh, and let's not forget Alge Crumpler, a guy who plays a position they never utilize, and frankly hasn't been any good since 2006.
There's little doubt that the AFC East has all of a sudden become among the best divisions in the NFL. There's plenty of it when it comes to assuming it's still the Patriots' division to lose.
As thrilling as those New England draft picks will turn out this week (I mean, when don't the Pats draft well?), doesn't it hurt just a bit to know that the Jets gave up a fifth-rounder for Holmes and the Dolphins surrendered a pair of second-round picks for Marshall, both considered by many to be among the top 10-15 pass catchers in the league? Remember when it was the Patriots pulling off these sorts of deals? I suppose retribution is only warranted when you lose to the Colts in the AFC title game, not when you're embarrassed by the Ravens at home in a wild card matchup.
Anquan Boldin? No. Marshall? No. Holmes? No. David Patten. Winner.
Great guy, so no offense to him, but David *^&^%$#$ Patten?
If the Patriots are intent on heading into the 2011 season without a litany of long-term deals, then yippee. Good for the long-term health of the franchise going forward. But if the Pats are going to take a year off from competing, the least they can do is allow season ticket holders to take a year off from paying.