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Last year, the New England Patriots lost a cornerback to Philadelphia, when Asante Samuel jumped to the Eagles on the first day of free agency.
This year, the Pats have managed a small measure of revenge, winning the two-team derby with the Eagles for the services of veteran corner Shawn Springs.
According to Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal, Springs is expected to sign with the Patriots.
Springs was released last Friday by the Redskins.

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  1. isonic says: Mar 5, 2009 2:54 PM

    Congrats Pats fans. You’ll enjoy watching Springs play in two games since he’s always hurt.

  2. BringingTheWood says: Mar 5, 2009 2:59 PM

    What does this have to do with TO?

  3. Pastabelly says: Mar 5, 2009 3:01 PM

    That fills a need. The defensive backfield was one of the things that would keep the Patriots out of the Super Bowl.

  4. bdinphoenix says: Mar 5, 2009 3:04 PM

    Unless the Gold Standard drafts players who can step right in and play like veterans, Eagles fans are going to have a long year next season.

  5. Wrathchild says: Mar 5, 2009 3:04 PM

    Springs is no loss, he’s horrible.

  6. gorillaghost says: Mar 5, 2009 3:09 PM

    they don’t need that old fart anyways.

  7. munchkin says: Mar 5, 2009 3:09 PM

    A nice depth signing but at (soon to be) 34 years old what can the Pats realistically expect out of this player? I suppose he will be a steadying presence amongst the younger guys.

  8. empty13 says: Mar 5, 2009 3:14 PM

    all ya need is favre!

  9. MaineMan says: Mar 5, 2009 3:19 PM

    This is no big deal. The Pats signed him to play a role, not to be a starter or even their primary nickelback.
    Lots of aging (cut) vets like Springs get signed every off-season and most of them get cut by the end of pre-season. Springs may have more to offer in support (playing and mentoring) of last year’s returning rookies and the likely new guys from this draft than O’Neal or Lewis Sanders. Different experiences and perspective, anyway.

  10. sonvar says: Mar 5, 2009 3:24 PM

    You make it sound like the Pats are sticking it to the Eagles. When in all honesty with what they have for DBs is more than fine and will get bolstered with the draft most likely. The Eagles offered Asaunte a contract and the Pats decided not to match last year end of story.

  11. Eagle_Fan34 says: Mar 5, 2009 3:29 PM

    I’ll take that trade. The Pats take a spare tire with a dozen plugs in it. Hope they have AAA!!!

  12. Eagle_Fan34 says: Mar 5, 2009 3:34 PM

    Hey bdinphoenix worry about your team keeping it’s quality players instead of being held ransome by father time. You are a “one year wonder” the ice is reforming as we type……

  13. nedirect says: Mar 5, 2009 3:53 PM

    can’t lose a guy like samuel and not replace him. they got away with dumping ty law without to much of a problem but no samuel was and still is a major issue.

  14. Campbell2Mossfor6 says: Mar 5, 2009 3:56 PM

    Brittle shawn hasnt had a productive season since 04. Not only injury prone but poor work ethic. Belechick not in the habit of keeping bums around; he will be cut before training camp.

  15. Leone510 says: Mar 5, 2009 3:58 PM

    “MaineMan says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    This is no big deal. The Pats signed him to play a role, not to be a starter or even their primary nickelback.”
    Is he any worse than Ellis Hobbs? I doubt it. He’ll probably begin the season starting.

  16. ampats says: Mar 5, 2009 4:04 PM

    Agreed nedirect. Springs is another vet addition to the backfield with a young group Wheatley/Wilhite to compete. Florio is stirring the pot inferring that the Pats got the Eagles back for Mesante. Let me say it first, Congratulations Eagles Nation. I thought they overpaid but Asante deserved to get paid. He is missed in New England.

  17. truncalep says: Mar 5, 2009 4:15 PM

    Springs played in 9 games last year. Excellent player when he is healthy which seems Very Rare these days. I hope they didn’t pay to much for him.

  18. toonsterwu says: Mar 5, 2009 4:34 PM

    For the Patriots, I imagine this is a why not move. Springs isn’t going to be counted on as a starting CB, and I’ll be surprised if he’s the nickel back. That said, as a depth option, why not? Add in that, he can flip over to safety and he provides them options. I think they may still pursue Leigh Bodden, as well as draft a CB in the first 3 rounds or so, to go with Hobbs, Wheatley, Wilhite.
    For Springs, it’s a good fit for him. He doesn’t have the top speed anymore to match up, but he has good recognition and enough athleticism left in the tank to be an excellent fit. He goes to a team that is in a position to win now.

  19. Ray Guy says: Mar 5, 2009 6:15 PM

    It’s official. One MUST have gray hair to play for the Patsies.

  20. DeeDubb says: Mar 5, 2009 6:58 PM

    As long as he stays out of the NFC East, specifically Dallas it’s all good. Expect him to be “questionable” each week.

  21. Backinthesaddle says: Mar 5, 2009 7:39 PM

    Hey ‘Ray Guy’……Just Win Baby!

  22. DarthJay says: Mar 5, 2009 7:52 PM

    Let’s face the facts people: he’s replacing Deltha O’Neil. As long as he is better than him we are all set…

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