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PFT Daily: New England's free agency decisions

A lot of teams don’t have a single unrestricted free agent starter this year; the Patriots have seven.

There may not be a team with more at stake over the next month, so we go over the team’s dilemma in today’s PFT Daily, including a surprise candidate for the transition tag.

There are a lot of moving pieces in New England, and teams like Kansas City and Denver will be waiting to move some of those pieces out of Foxborough.

UPDATE: Some of you have pointed out the Patriots can’t tag Leigh Bodden.  It is our understanding — via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston — that the Patriots can use the transition tag on Bodden, just not the franchise tag.

 
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18 Responses to “PFT Daily: New England's free agency decisions”
  1. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 16, 2010 12:56 PM

    How in the world do you let that many guys come free at the same time?? What poor management!!! Oh wait a minute…they hav 3 championships. Must be doing something right
    - chickenfoot

  2. Tiger Woods says: Feb 16, 2010 1:03 PM

    The Patriots are done. They’ve been done for awhile. Stick a fork in them and the East Coast Bias towards them.
    Luck runs out.
    Their first 3 Super Bowls all used a lot of luck to win. All of them were won by FGs, with the first being garbage that they were even there thanks to the bogus tuck conspiracy against Charles Woodson and the Raiders.
    I only wish the Patriots would have had Nate Kaeding, Scott Norwood, or Kris Brown as their kicker back then!
    This team is overrated and won’t win another Super Bowl in decades.

  3. Juan says: Feb 16, 2010 1:06 PM

    Leigh Bodden’s contract has a provision in which the Patriots agreed not to franchise him.

  4. ampats says: Feb 16, 2010 1:07 PM

    The Patriots cannot tag Bodden. He signed a 1 year contract with the agreement he wouldn’t be tagged. He has said he would like to stay in NE.
    Banta Cain and Faulk aren’t going anywhere. Neal is going to retire.
    Wilfork will be signed or franchised.
    The rest, oh well.
    Mankins and Gotskowski need to receive the highest tender possible.

  5. TheWizard says: Feb 16, 2010 1:19 PM

    This team is overrated and won’t win another Super Bowl in decades.
    Which is dickhead-ese for ‘I wish my team was as good as the Patriots’

  6. pfii63 says: Feb 16, 2010 1:19 PM

    Tiger – you’re an idiot. ‘Nuff said.
    Rosenthal, you not only got the specifics on Bodden wrong, but you also stole it from ESPN Boston. Mike Reiss already (also mistakenly) wrote about it.
    There’s 2:34 of my life I am never getting back.

  7. Ravensatron says: Feb 16, 2010 1:32 PM

    Why on earth would anyone even consider franchising Leigh Bodden?

  8. RichieBugs83 says: Feb 16, 2010 1:36 PM

    @ Tiger Woods.
    Put down the pipe bro. You don’t get lucky all the way to the Super Bowl three times in the NFL. Bill Belichick is a football genius; albeit an egotistical and abrasive one with questionable ethics, but a genius nonetheless. When you make a statement like you just did, obviously with no self awareness of just how little you actually know about how the NFL works, you forfeit all assumed credibility. I only wish you had the good sense to be ashamed of your stupidity. Now go back to eating crayons, I think Barney is on soon.

  9. 8man says: Feb 16, 2010 1:52 PM

    Tiger Woods says:
    February 16, 2010 1:03 PM
    The Patriots are done. They’ve been done for awhile. Stick a fork in them and the East Coast Bias towards them.
    Really? What do you mean by “done”? Not winning another Super Bowl? Not making the playoffs? Not winning their division? Not being .500 or better.
    Because they’ve run off nine straight years of winning records and the only team better is the World Champion Indianapolis Colts….oh wait.

  10. KC says: Feb 16, 2010 1:54 PM

    The Pats can’t franchise Bodden. They can place the transition tag on him. So if they wanted to:
    Franchise Wilfork
    Transition Bodden
    1st/3rd Mankins
    1st Gostkowski
    2nd Woods
    -Re-signing TBC and Faulk shouldn’t be too difficult.
    -If Neal doesn’t retire, he’ll be back w/o to much trouble.
    -Burgess is fairly low priority. He’s been a disappointment. If he comes back cheap, so be it. Otherwise, no reason to re-sign him.
    -Ben Watson is the same as Burgess.
    -Adalius Thomas will be released.
    -Jarvis Green at this point is probably worth letting go of. Pass rush was the problem and he certainly wasn’t part of the solution. Him gone, a spot opens up for the Pats to draft a 3-4/4-3 type defensive end, Jared Odrick or Corey Wootton come to mind (Carlos Dunlap, eh?)
    4 picks in the top 53. Look at OLB and DE definitely. Maybe another OLB, but more likely 2 from WR, TE, or RB.
    Just for the sake of credibility, calling the impact last year of Ben Watson, Jarvis Green, and Derek Burgess as that of a starter’s is disingenuous. These are players that needed to be replaced. Faulk needs to be replaced soon enough as well. Tully Banta-Cain is at best a third down rusher. Even Bodden is replaceable. There are only two real concerns regarding free agency. Can Wilfork be re-signed? How do the Patriots replace Neal?

  11. grape-ape says: Feb 16, 2010 1:58 PM

    Tiger Woods says:
    February 16, 2010 1:03 PM
    The Patriots are done. They’ve been done for awhile. Stick a fork in them and the East Coast Bias towards them.
    Luck runs out.
    Their first 3 Super Bowls all used a lot of luck to win. All of them were won by FGs, with the first being garbage that they were even there thanks to the bogus tuck conspiracy against Charles Woodson and the Raiders.
    I only wish the Patriots would have had Nate Kaeding, Scott Norwood, or Kris Brown as their kicker back then!
    This team is overrated and won’t win another Super Bowl in decades.
    ————
    overrated, luck
    moron!!!!!

  12. thesaint257 says: Feb 16, 2010 2:10 PM

    Tiger Woods
    The Patriots are done. They’ve been done for awhile. Stick a fork in them and the East Coast Bias towards them.
    Luck runs out.
    Their first 3 Super Bowls all used a lot of luck to win. All of them were won by FGs, with the first being garbage that they were even there thanks to the bogus tuck conspiracy against Charles Woodson and the Raiders.
    I only wish the Patriots would have had Nate Kaeding, Scott Norwood, or Kris Brown as their kicker back then!
    This team is overrated and won’t win another Super Bowl in decades.
    You are a moron!

  13. Brohamma says: Feb 16, 2010 2:30 PM

    Watson, Burgess and Green will be let go but the others will be retained. Light will be asked to restructure so Mankins can be paid.
    I personally think that the Pats will find a way to lock-up Wilfork.
    As you stated, the Pats have four picks in the top fifty-three; but you missed one thing! If New England had kept Seymour they would be facing one additional question mark, instead they will be having a early pick next year! It wasn’t such a bad decision after all now was it??

  14. braindead says: Feb 16, 2010 2:44 PM

    The Pats are not over-rated. I say this as a Browns fan. Damn, If my team could be so over-rated. Having said that, I do believe that they are in decline through a series of things; some their fault, some just the way it goes. The Patriots built a dynasty at a time when nobody thought it could be done anymore with the salary cap and free agency. Maybe they can get back, but it ain’t gonna happen for a couple of years.

  15. Greg B. says: Feb 16, 2010 2:57 PM

    Every time I hear the name “Jarvis Green” I think of the images of Eli Manning getting out of his grasp in the last minutes of SB42 to complete a pass to the helmet of David Tyree. He is not the solution to the Pat’s lack of pass rush; let him go.
    Rosenthal: did you say you were standing in or sitting in? Oh, you WERE standing…

  16. footballnut says: Feb 16, 2010 3:33 PM

    Wilfork is their priority and they are obviously showing that they want to sign him, otherwise he would’ve been tagged already.
    They may still tag him on the 25th if they can’t strike a deal, but either way he is not walking away.
    Pass rusher is the next priority, whether that’s Peppers (too rich if they do sign Wilfork), Vandenbosch, Dansby, etc. we’ll have to wait and see. Then a corner who can cover. Bodden would be a great keep as your number 2 CB.
    I am not holding out hope as a Pats fan that they’re going to spend as they are playing the whole ‘we don’t know the economic landscape regarding the new CBA’ thing. One thing’s for sure, they have some buying power. Question is how or if they use it this off season.
    Light will restructure and hopefully that helps keep Mankins, the Ghost will be restricted one way or the other.
    I’d hate to see Faulk go, but business sense says Chester Taylor is a huge upgrade and shouldn’t break the bank.

  17. braindead says: Feb 16, 2010 4:19 PM

    Ill tell ya who is highly and I mean HIGHLY over-rated. Barry Obama. Talk about a guy who has not lived up to the billing. BUST!!!!!!

  18. GRpatriot says: Feb 16, 2010 4:56 PM

    Vegas has them 10-1 which is the 4th best rating….I wonder why? I mean if they’re all done?
    Faulk will be resigned. He has Troy Brown status on this Team and in the locker-room.
    They’re a few players away and they did win thier division!

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