September 20, 2017

What’s BB Brewing?

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We all know he’s up to something. Bill Belichick sits in his office, looking at his roster, reviewing his 11-5, no-playoffs team, figuring out how to improve it for 2009.

Yes, Tom Brady will be back, but he’s not playing corner. With that in mind, and the unexpected moves of 2007 to bolster a lax receiving corps, we present some courses of action for the coach.

Trade draft picks for a vet – I doubt Oakland would fall for the ol’ “Randy Moss for a Fourth-Rounder” again, so don’t expect any trades for cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. But, for example, would Dallas trade DeMarcus Ware for a first and third? The dude had 20 sacks last year, so the answer is no. Fun to think of those scenarios, though.

Trade players for picks. Beyond Matt Cassel for a first and something else, it’s hard to see a) who would garner multiple picks and b) the Pats taking on even more picks in 2009 (they have an extra second-rounder from San Diego and will probably receive compensation for Asante Samuel and Randall Gay leaving last year).

Multi-player trade. Again, it’s tough to imagine who’s expendable on the roster and worthy of a trade. Does Eric Mangini want to bring Mike Vrabel and Laurence Maroney to the Browns for Andra Davis? Do he and Belichick even talk anymore? Does Scott Pioli want to revamp Kansas City’s roster with Pats? Does K. C. still have a pro football team?

Many questions for myriad scenarios. Trading higher-end players isn’t a typical Belichick move, which of course makes me half-expect it.

Low-risk free agents. Here’s the safest course of action. While high-production, high-cost free agents get all the attention (end Julius Peppers, safety Brian Dawkins, every Ravens linebacker), players like Buffalo CB Jabari Greer and LB Angelo Crowell could get a chance to come to Foxboro and produce.

You know who caught my eye the other day? Browns running back Jason Wright. He’s got some highlights on his NFL player page I’m just saying.

So, of those four possibilities (picks for players, players for picks, multi-player trade or free agents), which one will Belichick choose? I’m not sure.

That’s what makes this exciting.


  1. Trade Brady!!
    OK; I realize its a contrarian but not so ludicrous idea;
    What could we get for Tom Brady?
    He's a health risk. His knee will never be as strong as it was.
    He won't be in the shape he was in years past.
    And, the Pats will get more for Brady than Cassel in a trade.
    Plus, Cassel can bring the Pat's to another championship!

  2. I appreciate the sentiment, and I know it's never a good idea to say "never" with BB. I also recognize the whole Brady/Bledsoe dynamic and how the young QB coming in in 2001 rejuvenated the team.
    A few problems, however: 1) Brady's a multiple champion, the greatest Patriot in history and one of the best Boston sports figures ever regarding championships; 2) The team went 11-5 last year with 13 players on IR. This year they have at least four picks in the first three rounds, more if Asante's departure nets them third round compensation – in other words, they're not far off and don't need any radical solutions; 3) As weird as it sounds, Cassel will now cost more against the cap than Brady this year; 4) Brady's knee injury won't affect his throwing arm (although it will wreak havoc on his QB option runs. That's a joke, people!). 5) I applaud Matt Cassel and wish him well, but exactly how good is he? No one knows for sure. Yes, he could bring another championship, but I'm sticking with the guy that's already done it three times.

  3. How do we know that he won't be in shape. That kind of statement just boggles my mind. By all accounts he's been rehabbing diligently, and the official offseason conditioning hasn't even started yet. I have no doubts at all that Tom Brady will do the work needed to get into terrific shape for the start of camp.

  4. If he's a health risk, will never be the same, and won't be in shape, how do you end up getting more for him than you would Cassel? And if you claim the other 31 teams would rather have a health risk who will never be the same and won't be in shape over Cassel, doesn't that tell you something about your not so ludicrous idea?

  5. And your assumptions too?

    I agree with Chris that Brady is the greatest Patriot ever, and we will always hold him in high regard in my house, but as far as I'm concerned, fandom is a cut throat business. The minute I think Tom Brady doesn't give the Patriots the best chance to win, I'll be screaming for them to put somebody else in there. I've been a fan of the team for four decades, and a fan of Tom Brady for only eight years. Easy choice in my book. That choice will always be easy for me regardless of who the player is.

    But this trade Brady stuff puzzles me, though I think its rooted in this New England ethic that the worst is always just around the corner. That (and other Puritanical bullshit related to his private life, which is none of our goddam business, never has been, never will be) is the basis of a lot of this – he had a terrible knee injury, so therefore, everything that happens after that will be bad. I think when we start thinking that way we'd do well to remember there's almost no logic in our sentiments.

  6. Hey Chris;
    You're dead on with all your info.
    Brady is a Hall of Famer. How do you bet against that and his history?
    You don't.
    The Pat's were the best team that didn't make the playoffs, and they were peaking at the end of the season.
    I saw the Giants barely beat the Pats in Phoenix last year.
    A very painful experience.
    Even the great Tom Brady couldn't beat the great defense of the Giants.
    IMHO; the Pats need more than a QB to advance to the Super Bowl next year.
    They need a great defense!!

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