In the wake of today's news of a Patriots-Chiefs trade involving Mike Vrabel, here is a breakdown of the Patriots' linebacker corps:
ANALYSIS: The natural question today is "Who replaces Vrabel at outside linebacker?" Pierre Woods was the top backup in 2008 and if the season started today, he'd probably get the nod. The Patriots have 2008 third-round pick Shawn Crable -- who didn't play in 2008 -- as a possible option. Vrabel's trade will shine a bit of a brighter spotlight on Crable's development this offseason. The team also re-signed Tully Banta-Cain, who was with the Patriots from 2003-2006 as a No. 3-4 outside linebacker, as another possibility. The draft and/or free agency could also add reinforcements.