Pats fans can cross Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin off their wish lists. Boldin went from the AFC and Super Bowl champ Ravens to the NFC Champ 49ers for a sixth round pick. Harvin was a little more expensive going to Seattle with a first, seventh, and undisclosed mid round pick going back to the Vikings.
That’s trades though. Free agency kicks off at 4PM EST. What I want to know is, are the Pats planning on making a splash?
Bob Kraft said yesterday he wants Welker to retire a Pat. It wouldn’t be a splash per se, but it’d address a need. Lock him up long term but not too much money. You need money to invest on defense.
It’s also rumored they want Talib back. Rumor also has it that the Redskins are going to press hard for him. The Pats would likely lose in a bidding war because they don’t want to commit too much cash. Let him go if Washington is going to overpay. But you better have backup plans especially with the market littered with decent corners.
What about safety and pass rush? Arizona safety Adrian Wilson would be a decent second choice if you can’t pull down Gholston from San Fran. Ed Reed is all but re-signing in Baltimore with the cap money they freed up dumping Boldin.
What about a Dwight Freeney (rumored to Denver), or James Harrison (not holding my breath) to improve the pass rush?
All I know is I want the Pats to come out like in 2007 when free agency started; with a big middle finger to the rest of the league. We’re putting all our chips in and going for broke and a few more Lombardi trophies before Brady is done.
We’ll have to wait till four but I’m really hoping the Pats aren’t quiet.