Originally Posted by jamo
I actually liked the Decker signing. That's a lot of money, but it'll be worth it if he's good and there's not a ton guaranteed if they need to cut him. But I'm higher on Geno Smith than most non-Jets fans, so who knows.
Patriots still have some holes that they'll need to address. With Spikes gone and Wilfork aging they could use a run-stopper, and with their center Wendell likely gone they'll probably need to draft a new one. With Dante Scarnecchia
retired I'm not as confident that their O-line will be fine.
I hope they let Blount walk, or at least I hope they don't give him much. He was fun, but they've got plenty of depth there with Ridley, Vereen, and Bolden.
I've heard they were in the running for Dennis Pitta, which I hope is true. Going back to the two pass-catching tight ends would take some pressure off the receivers, which would be needed if Edelman signs elsewhere.
Scarnecchia retiring is bigger than any other personnel the Pats have lost or will lose this offseason.
The LB core is strong still though. Spikes was never an every down linebacker. He was a 1st and 2nd down backer who couldn't cover a damn thing. Great against the run no doubt but not a guy you want on the field in passing situations. The great patriot linebackers of the past were multi purpose guys. Bruschi, McGinest and Vrabel were all guys who could cover as well as step up in the box and stop the run. I think we have those guys on the roster right now. I'm not saying we have a Bruschi or Willie McGinest but have 3 down linebackers that will be more valuable than what Spikes was. Mayo when healthy is a top 10 linebacker in the game, Hightower came a long way in the 2nd half of last year and then Jamie Collins who was arguably the best linebacker on the team down the stretch last year. Depth is a concern but thats something you address later in FA or with the draft.
RB's are a dime a dozen in the NFL. Whether Blount is back or not i'm not the least bit concerned about that position. I'd love to see them get another guy on the O-line, another veteran situational pass rusher and a veteran receiver. I doubt they'll touch a Jared Allen or Julius Peppers just cause the money they want makes no sense for the Pats situation. Steve Smith is an interesting scenario, I think he'd be a great fit at the right price. WR's are having a rough time right now getting money where they thought they would because the draft this year is about as good as its ever been at that position.
The Patriots biggest offseason friend now other than Revis will be getting healthy. A healthy Gronk, Mayo, Wilfork, Kelly, and Vollmer alone make a huge difference. Plus everyone forgets the Pats are the 2nd youngest team in the league. Hopefully we see some nice jumps from some of the younger guys like Logan Ryan, Harmon, Cannon, Collins and Dobson. Who knows but were in a great position now.