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Cornering the market

Posted by Albert Breer  April 23, 2010 12:24 PM

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When the Patriots re-signed Leigh Bodden in March, one reason I looked at it as a good move -- outside of Bodden being a very solid player -- was that it would give the Patriots more freedom with the four picks they held among the Top 53 in this draft.

So much for that.

Britain_Patriots_Bu_t607.jpgNew England took Devin McCourty out of Rutgers. Yup, another corner. Here are the bigger investments the Patriots have made at the position in the last 24 months ...

April 2008: Selected Terrence Wheatley (62nd overall) and Jonathan Wilhite (129th overall) in the 2008 draft.

March 2009: Signed free agents Leigh Bodden (1 year, $2.25 million) and Shawn Springs (3 years, $11 million).

April 2009: Selected Darius Butler (41st overall) in the 2009 draft.

March 2010: Re-signed Bodden to a four-year, $22 million deal.

April 2010: Selected McCourty (27th overall) in the 2010 draft.

... That's a lot of capital (and not including more minor moves like the acquisition of Deltha O'Neal) spent on one position for a team that now has a lot of needs. As I've said a few times now, if McCoutry becomes a Pro Bowler, then the pick's fine. Anything less, and someone like Dez Bryant or Jerry Hughes could wind up making this one look really bad.
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