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Banta-Cain thinks he'll be back with the Patriots

The news came as a surprise on Monday.  The Patriots had cut linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who had been playing well in his second stint with the team.

Even more surprising is the fact that Banta-Cain thinks he’ll be back.

Banta-Cain was being interviewed by Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio when the news broke, and Banta-Cain suggested that the move will be temporary.

There’s some stuff going on in terms of the roster,” Banta-Cain said, per Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.  “I got to see what’s up with that situation.”

Asked whether it’s understanding that he’ll be back with the Patriots, Banta-Cain said, “Yes.”

It sounds like the Patriots plan to be adding someone to the roster, and that they didn’t want to cut a non-vested veteran, who would have been subject to waivers.  Likewise, if they’d waited until after the trade deadline to dump Banta-Cain, he would have been required to pass through waivers, and he might have been claimed by the Chiefs, whose G.M. drafted Banta-Cain in 2003 when working as New England’s V.P. of player personnel.

But, still, it’s unclear why the Patriots needed to clear a roster spot the day before the trade deadline, and why they’d have an extra spot available for Banta-Cain once the dust settles.

It could be that they’re potentially trying to add a player via a trade, and also trying to work a deal that would send another player (like Joey Galloway) to a new team. 

If/when they pull off one of more deals that result in no net increase to the roster, they can bring back Banta-Cain.  If they add a player via trade but can’t work out a deal for Galloway, they can re-sign Banta-Cain and then cut Galloway.

So why would a team like the Ravens trade for Galloway if he’s going to be cut?  If the Pats dump Galloway after today, he’ll have to pass through waivers, which means he could be claimed by any team occupying a spot higher on the pecking order than Baltimore.

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10 Responses to “Banta-Cain thinks he'll be back with the Patriots”
  1. RedGoneWILD says: Oct 20, 2009 9:53 AM

    does waivers for veterans apply at 4PM today, when the trade deadline ends? or is it at midnight?

  2. Bill In DC says: Oct 20, 2009 9:54 AM

    Isn’t cutting a player with an ‘understanding’ that you’re going to resign him constitute a violation of League rules somehow? Do the rules apply to all the other teams but not to the Patriots?

  3. ZB says: Oct 20, 2009 9:56 AM

    Great analysis. Better than anything the Patriots’ blogs have put up to-date on this development. The move seemed strange from the beginning, but a review of the waiver rules and B-C’s current seniority status makes it very apparent what NE is doing. Clearly they are strongly pursuing a trade or two.

  4. Captain says: Oct 20, 2009 10:17 AM

    # Bill In DC says: October 20, 2009 9:54 AM
    Isn’t cutting a player with an ‘understanding’ that you’re going to resign him constitute a violation of League rules somehow? Do the rules apply to all the other teams but not to the Patriots?

    —-
    Teams have been doing it all year.

  5. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Oct 20, 2009 10:21 AM

    “Do the rules apply to all the other teams but not to the Patriots?”
    Are you the only douche-bag who gets to whine or does everyone else get a chance to make ridiculous, overly-dramatic statements evidencing their hate for any well run NFL organization? Whhhhhaaaaaaaaa!
    Get a grip. If you don’t know the rules, try looking them up before saying something stupid. You may find that method useful in most other areas of your life as well. Practice it enough and you might even be able to hang up the mop and toilet brush and move on to some thing even more rewarding for a career, like vacuuming the floors in my building.

  6. BornSlippy says: Oct 20, 2009 10:26 AM

    “Isn’t cutting a player with an ‘understanding’ that you’re going to resign him constitute a violation of League rules somehow? Do the rules apply to all the other teams but not to the Patriots? ”
    No Meatball, know some facts first. how would it be a violation if the player agrees to it. its not as if banta cain cant go anywhere if he chooses. As most people on this site, their quick to comment some ridiculous conspiracy everytime Florio posts a Pats story.

  7. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Oct 20, 2009 10:33 AM

    So why would a team like the Ravens trade for Galloway if he’s going to be cut?
    Umm, because other teams might be interested as well? Someone like KC may grab him on the waiver wire.
    C’mon, that’s 101.

  8. steeltownpride says: Oct 20, 2009 10:48 AM

    LuvThatDirtyWatah says…..
    Your wrong . Veterans with so much service isnt required to go through waiver wire . So you my friend are WRONG .

  9. thehoodedone says: Oct 20, 2009 10:56 AM

    I think the Pats need to bring the running back up from the practie squad after Morris got hurt. Everything is accelerated because they leave for London on thursday. They also have two guys coming off the PUP list. One being a back up tackle where they are short handed and the other being Tate, a WR. Not that I wouldn’t love to see Peppers but how are you going to fit him in under the cap.

  10. CornFlorio says: Oct 21, 2009 3:30 PM

    BernardPollardIsAnAss says:
    October 20, 2009 10:21 AM
    “Do the rules apply to all the other teams but not to the Patriots?”
    Are you the only douche-bag who gets to whine or does everyone else get a chance to make ridiculous, overly-dramatic statements evidencing their hate for any well run NFL organization? Whhhhhaaaaaaaaa!
    Get a grip. If you don’t know the rules, try looking them up before saying something stupid. You may find that method useful in most other areas of your life as well. Practice it enough and you might even be able to hang up the mop and toilet brush and move on to some thing even more rewarding for a career, like vacuuming the floors in my building.
    _______
    Says a guy who STILL can’t get over Brady’s injury (from a LEGAL PLAY) from last season. Bernard Pollard is a better man that you will ever be, troll.
    The ONLY “WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!” I hear is coming from you, with your continued usage of that lame screen name.

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