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Pats bring back Derrick Burgess

nfl_ap_dburgess1_576.jpgLast season, many assumed that the Patriots would not be bringing back Derrick Burgess beyond the expiration of his contract.  After more than two months on the open market, Burgess has decided to remain in New England.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that team and player have reached agreement on a one-year deal.  Though terms have not yet been reported, Burgess likely didn’t receive a high-dollar deal.

And so he has not yet cashed in since putting together two double-digit sack seasons after being dealt from Philly to Oakland after the 2004 season.  His numbers have dissipated over the past three seasons; in his first year with the Patriots following a trade from the Raiders, Burgess had five sacks.

He also was one of the four players sent home by coach Bill Belichick in December after showing up late for work on a day that it was snowing.  Of the quartet, Burgess was by far the most contrite.

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  1. dunkingonuts says: May 14, 2010 8:07 AM

    The Raiders traded the 3rd and 5th round picks they got from the Patriots for him for Kameron Wimbley and Quentin Groves not bad..!

  2. spudz says: May 14, 2010 8:10 AM

    Great……now that reality has set in for you Mr Burgess….DO YOUR JOB!

  3. KnuckleBucket says: May 14, 2010 8:12 AM

    they can’t afford to let anyone go who can pass rush at all….

  4. joetoronto says: May 14, 2010 8:33 AM

    Seriously, the Pats got slapped silly by the Raiders on this one.

  5. Bossman says: May 14, 2010 8:42 AM

    Too bad he wasn’t the impact player we hoped he would be. Nonetheless, he will help as the talent is there. Maybe another full year in that system will bring out his talents.

  6. It puts the lotion on the skin says: May 14, 2010 8:54 AM

    I think this trade between Oakland and NE worked out for both of them. Not every trade between the 2 teams has been a landslide in favor of NE, otherwise Oakland wouldnt do business with them anymore. The 2 deals (moss, and then seymour) have definitely favored NE, but sometimes that the way it works.
    This also proves one more thing, that the fans truly are clueless. For the last year everyone has been talking about how Burgess sucks, etc. Apparently, there is more to the game of football than just making tackles, and getting pressure on the QB (I know most of us already knew that, this is partially sarcastic). Alot of players that do the little things, help the team overall, while hurting their own production, get bashed on this site. Perhaps Burgess is one of those players. Of course, I’m just another fan that never played pro football, so I am speculating, only difference is, I know, and can admit, that I’m only speculating……

  7. HomelandDefense says: May 14, 2010 9:06 AM

    he was still second on the team in sacks or something like that. Low $ signing and if he isnt as good as some of the younger OLB’s on the roster they will just cut him. Very low risk signing.

  8. joetoronto says: May 14, 2010 9:07 AM

    It puts the lotion on the skin:
    Speculating is right, that’s about it though. The guy didn’t produce and was late for work, that’s what we KNOW.

  9. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 14, 2010 9:13 AM

    Dude started 16 games, credited with 35 tackles.
    Two tackles per game as a linebacker? And he still has a job? Nice!
    Belicheat – I beg you, PLEASE bring that garbage defense to Pittsburgh on November 14th. SpyGate PayBack Night baby! Every fan gets a free hand-held video camera to throw at Belicheat

  10. ampats says: May 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    I have to agree with you lotion, although no surprise Burgess is back. I knew when he wasn’t getting the offers he would be back in NE.
    Hopefully he will produce near the level expected but at lweasr will be another option to create pressure as Bossman said.
    Dunkingnuts, Wimbley was a great aquisitionfor a 3rd round pick in my opinion for the Raiders but I wouldn’t be too excited about Groves who has shown nothing since he was drafted.The Pats have wasted/traded enough 5 th round picks.
    As someone who is wishing for the Raiders to go 1-15 this year because of having their 1 st pick, I must complement them as they seem to be making smarter moves than in the past. Campbell will be alot better than Russell.

  11. GRpatriot says: May 14, 2010 9:28 AM

    Hopefully he have that second year progression?
    He isn’t an edge setter, not long enough to knock down passes. Hopefully Cunningham will get most of the reps in camp.
    @it…guy Will Rapeless burger be starting by then?

  12. sdffa11 says: May 14, 2010 9:29 AM

    i hate to say it but reid did the right thing getting rid of him at his peak. hes been a disappointment that last few seasons.

  13. snowangel says: May 14, 2010 9:37 AM

    Spygate Payback Night. That’s a good one… almost as good as the Italian Army’s motto, “Never leave your buddies’ behind.”

  14. bwisnasky says: May 14, 2010 9:49 AM

    “The 2 deals (moss, and then seymour) have definitely favored NE, but sometimes that the way it works.”
    How can you say that about the Seymour deal. So far, NE hasn’t gotten anything out of the deal.. the Raiders have at worst gotten 2 years out of Seymour. Don’t forget, 1st round picks can be either boom or bust…. not to mention, the Raiders have for once put together a pretty solid offseason with no extra crazy moves or anything… you add that to a team that went 5-11 last year beating some pretty decent teams…. The Raiders aren’t going to be giving NE a top 10 pick this year, like everyone said they were going to… I would say mid to late teens probably….

  15. Iron Wolf says: May 14, 2010 10:03 AM

    Raiders got the Pats on this one. Belichick seemed to like Burgess more than the general populace, so maybe he was doing SOMETHING right, but fans look for sacks more than a guy sealing the edge.

  16. Zack22 says: May 14, 2010 10:03 AM

    I thought Burgess was one of the “problem childs” in the locker room throughout the year? Him and Thomas dragged down this team? Oh, guess not.

  17. tj.52 says: May 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    @ItalianArmyGuy:
    The Steelers already had their “payback night” on Sunday, December 9th 2007 at 4:15 PM when the Patriots pounded your loud-mouthed douchebags 34-13. Go eat your hot pockets and leave the conversation to the adults.

  18. Patriots51 says: May 14, 2010 10:20 AM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    May 14, 2010 9:13 AM
    Dude started 16 games, credited with 35 tackles.
    Two tackles per game as a linebacker? And he still has a job? Nice!
    Belicheat – I beg you, PLEASE bring that garbage defense to Pittsburgh on November 14th. SpyGate PayBack Night baby! Every fan gets a free hand-held video camera to throw at Belicheat
    Are you implying that the QB of the Pittsburgh Steelers is going to “Rape” the patriots garbage defense?

  19. shake&bake says: May 14, 2010 10:25 AM

    Wow Pats fans are doing a total 180 on this trade now. i remember all the $hit they were talking when this trade went down. I love it !!! You can take Billicheat down off the pedistal cause it’s all downhill from here on with the Pats !

  20. o0tt0o says: May 14, 2010 10:29 AM

    the only deal Belichick ever had with the raiders that ended up favoring the pats was the moss deal…and that only happened cause a raw kid coach(kiffin) was scared of coaching moss….since then bill keeps trying to pick up ex-raiders or trade thinking he could strike gold twice and has gotten burned on every one….burgess might pick up a sack here or there…but the guy is just horrible against the run…you cant trust him on the field unless it a passing situation……and now they signed another raider run D problem in gerrard warren….they sould have picked up kirk morrison too then they really could become last in the league against the run…..they also signed lamonte jordan, andrew walter and im sure there are more…..none were any good…..THATS WHY THE RAIDERS SUCKED THE LAST 7 YEARS…good luck pats fans…it sucks watching games when your getting run over..believe me

  21. LPH says: May 14, 2010 10:29 AM

    This is not a good move. I saw Burgess play a dozen games last season and either he is lazy or doesn’t get the Pats’ defensive schemes. Speaking of defensive, Belichick went out of his way to praise Burgess last December after taking heat about getting duped in the Oakland deal, so bringing him back may be the coach’s way of denying getting taken to the cleaners in the Oakland deal. Acquiring draft picks is OK and trading them for vets is OK, but the Burgess deal was a giveaway. Right now it looks like Burgess is no bettefr than even money to be on the opening day roster.

  22. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 14, 2010 10:58 AM

    TOP SECRET
    Baltimore Ravens Game Plan
    For John Harbaugh and Cam Cameron eyes ONLY
    Game: October 17th 2010, New England Patsies, at Foxborough
    Offensive scheme:
    1st down – Run the ball AT Derrick Burgess
    2nd down – Run the ball AT Derrick Burgess
    3rd down – Run the ball AT Derrick Burgess — OR — swing pass to Running back covered BY Derrick Burgess
    4th down – Punt — OR — Run the ball AT Derrick Burgess

  23. Matt Walsh says: May 14, 2010 11:07 AM

    Bill, this is Al, bend over please.

  24. capetide says: May 14, 2010 11:33 AM

    @ ItalianArmyGuy
    I realize that videotaping from the wrong location is a terrible thing. BUT I think that your QB you lost the moral high ground. Best just to shut up and lock up the womenfolk.

  25. Flying elvis says: May 14, 2010 11:53 AM

    Yea! and the Itilian Army sided with and fought a long side Hitler during WW2. Wrong choice! Go Patriots!

  26. pondbridge says: May 14, 2010 11:56 AM

    To that total waste of space who keeps foaming at the mouth about Belichick in this and every PFT article today (you know who you are): please cash in your welfare check and buy your meds and take them dufus.

  27. munchkin says: May 14, 2010 12:20 PM

    “How can you say that about the Seymour deal. So far, NE hasn’t gotten anything out of the deal.. the Raiders have at worst gotten 2 years out of Seymour. Don’t forget, 1st round picks can be either boom or bust…. not to mention, the Raiders have for once put together a pretty solid offseason with no extra crazy moves or anything… you add that to a team that went 5-11 last year beating some pretty decent teams…. The Raiders aren’t going to be giving NE a top 10 pick this year, like everyone said they were going to… I would say mid to late teens probably….”
    Seymour is a problem child when he isn’t getting what he wants. He played nice with Al to get another big $$ contract which the Pats were loathe to give him. He did not fit into their future or current plans and getting a 1st round pick was good value for the team. Would he have been better than Pryor, Wright or Green at the RDE position, likely, but the Pats weren’t going anywhere in the playoffs last year any way.
    Seymour is still a nice player but he is on the downside of his career.

  28. Iā™„Patriots says: May 14, 2010 12:24 PM

    # ItalianArmyGuy says: May 14, 2010 9:13 AM
    Dude started 16 games, credited with 35 tackles.
    Two tackles per game as a linebacker? And he still has a job? Nice!
    Belicheat – I beg you, PLEASE bring that garbage defense to Pittsburgh on November 14th. SpyGate PayBack Night baby! Every fan gets a free hand-held video camera to throw at Belicheat
    Even after the 9,521,357,138,419th time your jokes are still hilarious!!
    If you knew anything, you would know that Burgess has been highly praised by BB and played DE and OLB.
    As for the numbers, Burgess got better toward the end of the season. I think he was finally getting adjusted to the Pat’s system.
    Compare to:
    Shawne Merriman (36 tackles, 4 sacks)
    Greg Ellis (29 tackles, 7 sacks)
    November 14th cant come fast enough.

  29. ItalianArmyGuy. says: May 14, 2010 4:26 PM

    @flying elvis…yeah,i know,i was there getting schnitzel spanked by adolf….and i know my pathetic shots at the patsies,brady and belicheat are just my way of dealing with being hung like an acorn and my uncle used to rub lotion all over my naked bottom and then we’d play tummysticks in bed while wearing his bledsoe jersey..all my uears of therapy haven’t worked so i take it on here..i know its sad but what can you do…i originally gave him the nickname BIG BEN after he made me gag.go steelers!!

  30. KoolKell says: May 14, 2010 6:20 PM

    Suggesting Al Davis at 29-83, is getting over on the Pats is laughable and delusional. Too funny.

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