Wheelin’ and Dealin’

The Patriots have in fact become players in the free agency market, meeting with FA’s Adalius Thomas, Kyle Brady, and Sammy Morris over the past two days. While Brady and Morris would be decent additions, the one everyone’s most interested in is Adalius Thomas, a prized linebacker who would be a huge asset to a depleted linebacker core.

While he doesn’t necessarily add youth to an aging linebacker core, he’ll add skill, as he has a nose for the ball and the ability to rush the passer. The seven year vet posted decent numbers last year, accruing 11 sacks and 83 tackles, 64 of those by himself. While those numbers don’t scream at you, they compare favorably to Willie McGinest during his tenure here. According to the Globe, Thomas is close to a deal with the Patriots, so we’ll see how that turns out in the next day or so.

Kyle Brady is a veteran and is familiar with the Patriots system, although if it were me, I’d just do what I could to keep Daniel Graham. He’s a great compliment to Ben Watson, and he seems to be a better blocker on the line. But if it’s true that Graham is gone, Kyle Brady could be a good veteran replacement. He’s smart, and he comes up with a good catch now and then, but I don’t think he’s nearly as good as Graham.

Sammy Morris is a decent complimentary back, but obviously he won’t start here. He reminds me of a Kevin Faulk, which is surprising to me why the Patriots would show interest. You would think they want a bruising type, and I don’t think Sammy is that type. His best year was in ’04, where he scored 6 TD’s and rushed for 523 yards, but like I said, he’s mainly been a backup. Morris is making the rounds, and the globe didn’t indicate whether or not he was close to signing a deal in New England.

With free agency two days old already, the Patriots are already making waves. Recognizing legitimate weaknesses they cannot fix in the draft, it appears they will be picking up a few guys in free agency this year. Adalius Thomas will be a step in the right direction if he signs, but they shouldn’t stop there. Keep it here for updates on the team and what they do this offseason.

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5 Responses to Wheelin’ and Dealin’

  1. Greg says:

    Just a heads up –

    -The Patriots have signed Kyle Brady
    -Adalius Thomas hasn’t visited yet, he will today, and a deal will be finalized pending a physical
    -Tell me if I’m wrong, but I think Sammy Morris is kind of a bruiser, although he is good in the passing game like Faulk

  2. SMD says:

    Good signings, Thomas and Welker especially.

    They were the best players the Pats could get for those positions.

    Thomas will be the rover/LT type player Belichick has always wanted.

    And Welker will be a Troy Brown (of 2001) type player, a #3/slot receiver and kick return specialist.

    Both these guys are great people, and great football players who never quit and play with a lot of heart.

  3. sjamieson23 says:

    Hey Pats fans just letting you know about a new show being shown on Comcast Sports Net. Its called Road To Perfection. Its starts on Jan. 9 at 10:30pm. Its also shown Thursdays at 8pm and 10:30pm as well as Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30pm. Its coveraged of everything Patriots for the entire playoff push. So check it out and Go Pats!!!!

  4. Mike says:

    Why Pats will win it all.
    The Patriots and Giants have met eight times in the regular season, with New England holding a 5-3 advantage. And, the Patriots have won the past four, all of them tight games.

    History 101
    1970 Giants 18, Patriots 0
    1974 Patriots 24, Giants 20
    1987 Giants 17, Patriots 10
    1990 Giants 13, Patriots 10
    1996 Patriots 23, Giants 22
    1999 Patriots 16, Giants 14
    2003 Patriots 17, Giants 6
    2007 Patriots 38, Giants 35
    Sources: boston.about.com, pro-football-reference.com, gonyc.about.com

    History 102 …

    Both the Patriots and Giants have a history filled with great moments, but who is the face of the franchise? While it would probably get a lot of arguments, we’re saying that for the Giants, it’s Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Although he had off-field problems, on the field he redefined the position. As for the Patriots, Tom Brady has become Mr. Patriot. New England obviously doesn’t have as great a history as the Giants, but Brady has taken the franchise to a new level, and the team might never look back.

    … and 103

    Curious about those histories? The Patriots have put together a 366-349-9 record in the regular season and are 21-12 in the postseason with three Super Bowl titles. Their all-time passing leader is (deep breath) Drew Bledsoe with almost 30,000 yards, leading rusher is Sam Cunningham (5,453 yards) and their leading receiver was Stanley Morgan (10,352 yards). The Giants are 606-506-33 in the regular season and are 19-23 record in the postseason, including two Super Bowl titles. Phil Simms is their all-time passing leader (33,462 yards), Tiki Barber their leading rusher (10,449 yards) and Amani Toomer, who is still catching passes, their leading receiver with 8,917 yards
    New England Patriots will win by 17.

    Mike.
    Pats Fan since 1985

  5. Alex says:

    Hey you Pats fans should check out this great video on Super Bowl Radio Row

    http://www.boston.tv/clips/631056191.html

    enjoy!

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