Fans seek safety
Page 2 of 19 -- Matt Martin from Lebanon, N.H., a first-time questioner was compelled to write because "Have the Pats lost their minds? Milloy is one of the best defensive players on the team (formerly). He was dependable, hard-hitting, and a leader in the locker room. I understand the money issue, but why can't the management stick with the contracts they agreed to? Save money, but not at the expense of the team's defense, and team unity."
Jason from Chelmsford offers this statement: "The Patriots releasing Lawyer Milloy is by far the most confusing and stupid move I feel they could have made.
"I understand that he took up a lot of cap space but the reality is they weakened their defence a great deal today. One of the best safety tandems (Tebucky Jones, Lawyer Milloy) are gone with no comparable replacements.
"This is a Boston Bruins Jeremy Jacobs'esque move and the fans most likely will remember it for a while."
Mike Fuore from Hamburg, N.Y.: "I am a huge Pats fan, but was pretty ticked about the Milloy move."
Michael LaCorte from Methuen: "I understand the salary cap thing but why didn't the Patriots go out and try to trade Milloy for at least a future draft pick. It makes no sense to just drop Milloy without getting anything in return besides the salary cap relief.
"This changes my whole outlook of the Patriots management. For years I felt Kraft and Pioli had it all figured out."
Neil Pountney, of North Branch, Michigan: "I for one am totally disgusted. This is a stupid decision. I understand the money issues but effectively we have released both of our starting safeties since last season. I do not have the benefit of waiting to see but I have a bad feeling we will be playing Milloy twice a year and the Bills must be in the hunt for him. The timing absolutely stinks the moral of the team cannot be enhanced by this move. If he was due to go he should have been traded rather than cut -- long ago. In my opinion we have gone from being potentially a top five defense to a middle of the road one -- he was that important. In a division where every single issue will count at the end of the day we have given up a big advantage to our opponents. The pressure on Harrison to deliver has gone to critical. We have nobody even close to Milloy in terms of ability to replace him. I was going to give the whole organization an A for the offseason, a fantastic draft which in time I think will prove to be our best for years, a stockpile of draft picks for next year, some great trading and a fine preseason on the field. This puts it back to what I don't know. Finally, Ty Law. This is your last season with New England. Thanks for everything, play hard." Continued...