No Patriots on All-Decade team … yet

Some players are on the NFL’s official All-Decade team for the 2000s and know it. Others are on that list and don’t. Not yet, at least.

The guys who are playing, or who will show but not play because of the Super Bowl, have been told. They are …

Eagles K David Akers
Redskins/Broncos CB Champ Bailey
Browns ST Josh Cribbs
Eagles/Broncos S Brian Dawkins
Steelers/Jets G Alan Faneca
Colts DE Dwight Freeney
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
Vikings/Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson
Raiders P Shane Lechler
Ravens MLB Ray Lewis
Colts QB Peyton Manning
Jets/Titans C Kevin Mawae
Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware

what does it all mean? Well, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Meriweather and
Logan Mankins are at the Pro Bowl, so they aren’t on the All-Decade
team, and since a kicker’s been selected, Adam Vinatieri won’t be the
pick there (I’m pretty surprised by that). The big one, of course, is that Brady won’t be selected, since Manning’s already there. And you see Dawkins on the
list, and you have to assume Ed Reed is the other pick (he’s
sitting out the Pro Bowl with an injury), which means Rodney Harrison
wouldn’t be in this group.

I would think there are two players
in serious contention left with Patriots ties: WR
Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour. With the receiver spots hotly contested, it might be
Seymour with the best shot of getting on.

Could there be
zero players from the team of the decade on this list? Wouldn’t think
so, but looking at everything objectively, that chance exists. We’ll
find out on ESPN’s pregame show before the Pro Bowl.


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