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Vrabel's not quitting either

Posted by Albert Breer  February 18, 2010 08:43 AM

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Talking with Neil Cornrich yesterday about Steve Neal , I had to ask about another of his prominent clients: Mike Vrabel.

The ex-Patriot -- who once embodied everything the Dynasty Patriots were about (tough, versatile, athletic, professional) -- was thrown in to the Matt Cassel deal last February. And so he went to Kansas City, where he started 14 games, and had 53 tackles, two sacks and five passes defensed.

The Patriots missed his ability to rush the passer, set the edge in the running game and lead in the locker room ... and, hell, he probably would've helped the red-zone offense too. In New England's defense, Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi were still on the roster when Vrabel was dealt, but, again, he wasn't just missed as as a leader. He was missed as a player, too.

Anyway, it's no secret that Vrabel hopes to transition to coaching at his alma mater, Ohio State, when he's done playing, and since he'll turn 35 in August, the obvious question is whether he's mulling making the switch now. The answer: No.

"He feels he has a number of productive seasons left, he loves playing in the NFL, he loves the game," Cornrich said. "He'll probably continue with it in another capacity after he's done playing, but he wants to continue as a player, as long as he can help a team win games."

Notice Cornrich said "a team" and not "the Chiefs". That's because Vrabel becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 5. Cornrich did the agent thing in saying, "He had a productive year, who wouldn't want him?"

So I had to do the annoying reporter thing and ask ... Would he consider (the team in the market where I work)? Cornrich didn't say yes. Or no.

"Clearly, he had nothing but spectacular experiences and spectacular results as a Patriot," Cornrich said. "He has only the best of feelings for what he was able to accomplish with the team."
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