Looking back at the Barrett claim


Two weeks ago, the Patriots put a claim in on Broncos safety Josh Barrett, whom Denver was trying to slip through waivers and put on injured reserve after he hurt his shoulder. And now, Barrett’s a part of New England’s roster, next likely to play in 2011.

It seemed like a bit of a strange move at the time, and this explanation — from the Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold — of what happened is enough to raise some eyebrows of how the people out there feel about it. Check out this nugget, based on the Broncos’ attempt to save the roster spot and keep the player  …

The Broncos, with so many injuries at so many places, believed they needed the roster spot to bring in another player who could be on the practice field, so that’s why they tried the move at that time.Players are rarely claimed in this way because most teams don’t want another team to take their guys in similar fashion.

This kind of calls to mind another situation from back in 2006. The Vikings claimed Garrett Mills, waived by the Patriots, which was enough to incite New England and prompt a reactive claim of linebacker David Herron, who last just a few days in Foxborough.

As such, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Patriots really do have long-term plans for Barrett or not.


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