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Laurence Maroney traded to Broncos

Patriots fans don’t have Laurence Maroney to kick around anymore.

The oft-criticized 2006 first-round pick is taking his talents to Denver, where Bill Belichick’s old buddy Josh McDaniels acquired Maroney on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.  Compensation is unknown.

The Patriots could afford to lose him; Maroney had fallen behind Fred Taylor, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Kevin Faulk on the depth chart.  It’s a little surprising Denver wanted him.

Knowshon Moreno looked healthy in the opener, and Correll Buckhalter is a suitable backup.  Or was anyhow.  Buckhalter fumbled on Sunday and only gained 15 yards on six carries. The Broncos could use Maroney on kickoffs.

Maroney’s career in New England started just fine.  He averaged 4.4 yards-per-carry and led the team in rushing during the record-setting 2007 season.  Injuries and passing down struggles stymied his growth from there. 

UPDATE:   Schefter reports the Patriots get Denver’s fourth round pick next year in exchange for Maroney and New England’s sixth round pick.

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  1. merrillhodgestoupee says: Sep 14, 2010 4:18 PM

    L-Mo wasnt suited for NE living…..

  2. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 14, 2010 4:19 PM

    Good riddance.

  3. Beastie Bills says: Sep 14, 2010 4:19 PM

    BUUUUUUSSSSSSST!

  4. CollegeToPros says: Sep 14, 2010 4:20 PM

    I really hope we get a player in return and not a draft pick. we have a good chance this year to make it far.

  5. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 14, 2010 4:21 PM

    Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But, to think that the Pats passed on Joseph Addai at Pick 21, Round 1 of the 2006 NFL draft for Laurence Maroney….

  6. Quentin673 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:23 PM

    why do i have the feeling that the pats somehow got a 3rd or 4th rounder for him. its a conspiracy!

  7. pondbridge says: Sep 14, 2010 4:23 PM

    Change in scenery should do Maroney well. Hope Pats re-sign OLB Murrell now. They’re down to 3 OLBs.

  8. jediwrstlr says: Sep 14, 2010 4:24 PM

    What did denver give up for him?????? PLEASE say TIM TEBOW!!!!!!!!! so where will he fit in??? Behind Moreno?

  9. Belichick for President says: Sep 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    He hasn’t really put it together. We were all salivating after his breakout game vs. Cinncinati in 06 (he was stiffarming people left and right and gettling 10 yards a carry), but after he broke his rib vs the Lions that year, he just hasn’t been consistent.

  10. Pastabelly says: Sep 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    Good bye Laurence. You wrote your own ticket out of town with red zone fumbles and too much dancing at the line of scrimmage.

  11. King10 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    Wow, I’m glad my team has the all-pro depth to kick aside a former top round draft pick. Bad move, depending on compensation.

  12. Scott P says: Sep 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    What a bum and a waste. Plenty of talent but no guts. I’m sure he’ll wear out his welcome in Denver soon enough.

  13. 12greaterthan4 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    still doesn’t help his madden rating

  14. kantnockdahustle89 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:26 PM

    Broncos are a mess.

  15. superius says: Sep 14, 2010 4:26 PM

    Ugh… Last time I ever buy a jersey on draft-hype alone. I deserved to get burned for buying it before he played his first NFL game.
    I thought I’d get use out of it for years but it’s been too embarrassing to wear it for a while now anyway.

  16. Goetta-Head says: Sep 14, 2010 4:28 PM

    Did that just up his Fantasy value? I sure hope so….

  17. theycallme_iPod says: Sep 14, 2010 4:28 PM

    So, the Pats will draft a RB next year.
    Mark Ingram, can you say New England?

  18. Chiefs2010 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:30 PM

    lose, lose

  19. always_b_aware_of_d_ware says: Sep 14, 2010 4:32 PM

    disappointing… after decent 2006 and 2007 i was hoping for a break out season in 2008 and 2009… never happened… Its not all on him though… run game has become an afterthought for pats now…

  20. minnesconsin_ad says: Sep 14, 2010 4:32 PM

    mcdaniels is probably the only head coach in the league who wanted him.

  21. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2010 4:33 PM

    Can you say BUST!

  22. thumper/ says: Sep 14, 2010 4:33 PM

    sorry to see a first round pick go, but moroney could talk the talk and couldn’t walk the walk….
    plenty of talent and no drive or heart.. good luck kid..

  23. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Sep 14, 2010 4:34 PM

    Freddie Taylor’s Fantasy stock just went through the roof!

  24. Belichick Is God says: Sep 14, 2010 4:35 PM

    best of luck Lo-Mo
    Now we have 2 1st rounders, 2 seconds, and 2 fourths in the next draft.

  25. ICEWALKER says: Sep 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    Maybe a new start with a different system can change things around for a former first round draft pick.
    Although, he IS going to a place where the coach was his former offensive coordinator. I guess new team simular system.
    Hmmmm, don’t really understand this trade, other than the Patriots just didn’t want/need him anymore.

  26. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    You forgot Sammy Morris.

  27. Kiss Bills Rings says: Sep 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    seems to me they could have gotten more for him if they traded him to the Packers right now….maybe even the Seahawks or the rams…
    only got a 4th & had to give up a 6th for a former 1st rounder….ouch!!
    I’m guessing Bill was gonna dump him after this year & saw an oppertunity to at least get something in return before he just walked…
    Oh well, good luck Laurence…..

  28. FinsUp says: Sep 14, 2010 4:37 PM

    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut. A guy who was a collasal disappointment. How do they get teams to agree to trade with them?

  29. Southcoastmass says: Sep 14, 2010 4:37 PM

    Good riddance. Maybe after the season, Laurence can take his dancing in the backfield skills to Dancing With The Stars. No clue how to hit a hole hard.

  30. Terry says: Sep 14, 2010 4:37 PM

    Looks like “Lil” Joshie will still do whatever “BB” asks of him!

  31. packfan4ever says: Sep 14, 2010 4:38 PM

    so they basically gave him a way. guess ted thompson didn’t think he was worth a garbage pick. confusing that the pack didn’t go after him.

  32. peskys_pole says: Sep 14, 2010 4:40 PM

    Would the Packers have given more considering Grant is out for the season?
    Maroney is not a #1 back by any means, but isnt he worth more than a 4th?

  33. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 4:41 PM

    Well, the Broncos got the initials right, but the guy they need is Logan Mankins. Maybe later.

  34. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Sep 14, 2010 4:41 PM

    good riddance, all he did was skip and run side to side

  35. In & Out Burger says: Sep 14, 2010 4:43 PM

    I think he was worth more to the Patriots than a 4th round pick.

  36. Grkboiler says: Sep 14, 2010 4:44 PM

    You mean no more Maroney fumbling on the one yard line in New England?

  37. savagenation says: Sep 14, 2010 4:47 PM

    # jediwrstlr says: September 14, 2010 4:24 PM
    What did denver give up for him?????? PLEASE say TIM TEBOW!!!!!!!!! so where will he fit in??? Behind Moreno?
    ….you have a lot of questions…but then again morons usually do
    Tebow rules

  38. jj jones says: Sep 14, 2010 4:49 PM

    All part of McDaniels’ “plan”.

  39. Pale face says: Sep 14, 2010 4:49 PM

    Great, so the pats get a 4th, which they will trade for a 5th and then trade that for a 6th who prob won’t make the team

  40. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 14, 2010 4:49 PM

    Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But, to think that the Pats passed on Joseph Addai at Pick 21, Round 1 of the 2006 NFL draft for Laurence Maroney….
    The Pats passed on Addai b/c the knock on him at the time was he was injured and injury prone. In fact, the Colts were coveting Maroney, but “settled” for Addai.
    The Addai/Maroney picks are further evidence that nobody knows what someone is going to do when they get to the Pros.

  41. GRpatriot says: Sep 14, 2010 4:52 PM

    Bill hypnotizes opponents……..and picks thier pocket. Hey another 4th round draft pick!

  42. NomNoms says: Sep 14, 2010 4:53 PM

    ummm no he isnt worth more then a 4th… he was gonna get cut if someone didnt trade him. Pats smoked them on this. He had zero market value. Pay attention

  43. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 14, 2010 4:53 PM

    peskys_pole says:
    September 14, 2010 4:40 PM
    Maroney is not a #1 back by any means, but isnt he worth more than a 4th?
    __________
    Short answer: No
    Long answer: Noooooooooooo

  44. dachshund says: Sep 14, 2010 4:53 PM

    Addition by subtraction. I am surprised they got a 4th rounder.

  45. Wizahdry says: Sep 14, 2010 4:55 PM

    Broncos ;pve collecting injury-prone backs don’t they.

  46. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 14, 2010 4:59 PM

    i wonder what the pats will do with the roster spot? prolly sign that jenkins kid (WR).

  47. JerryDignan says: Sep 14, 2010 4:59 PM

    Anyone who thinks Maroney has value in the NFL is nuts.
    The only place he has value is Locks of Love.
    Absolute steal.

  48. rusH1023 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:00 PM

    # Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: September 14, 2010 4:21 PM
    Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But, to think that the Pats passed on Joseph Addai at Pick 21, Round 1 of the 2006 NFL draft for Laurence Maroney….
    ____________________________
    That’s just stupid, in my opinion. They’re one in the same. Have you seen Indy’s running statistics since 2007?

  49. technoboy says: Sep 14, 2010 5:01 PM

    I was disappointed by the Rams not picking him up for a backup for Steven Jackson. But someone in the forum indicated that they share a ‘baby mama’. Apparently she got a baby from Jackson and then LM. Anyone know if this is true?

  50. jj jones says: Sep 14, 2010 5:04 PM

    “Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    September 14, 2010 4:21 PM
    Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But, to think that the Pats passed on Joseph Addai at Pick 21, Round 1 of the 2006 NFL draft for Laurence Maroney….”
    They also passed on Maurice Jones-Drew.

  51. peskys_pole says: Sep 14, 2010 5:07 PM

    superius says:
    September 14, 2010 4:26 PM
    Ugh… Last time I ever buy a jersey on draft-hype alone. I deserved to get burned for buying it before he played his first NFL game.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – –
    Bigger lesson?
    If you are over the age of 12, why do you want to wear another man’s name on your back?

  52. PerryMason says: Sep 14, 2010 5:10 PM

    “Laurence Maroney traded to Broncos”
    Next comes “Randy Moss traded to Vikings.”

  53. chitown26 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:12 PM

    KOOL AID!!!!
    Oh well. Have fun at 5,280.

  54. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 5:14 PM

    FinsUp says:
    September 14, 2010 4:37 PM
    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut. A guy who was a collasal disappointment. How do they get teams to agree to trade with them?
    ======================
    You’re kidding, right? This is why head coaches love when their assistants get promoted. Loyalty may be an alien concept with players, but it’s not with coaches.
    Why do you think Belichick got so pissed at Mangini for taking the Jets job? Assistants are supposed to be forever loyal to the HC who gave them their chance. Go where they tell you, and if they have problem player on their roster, take that player off their hands whether you need them or not.
    Don’t you remember how effusive BB was in his praise of McDaniels when McD left? There’s a price to be paid, and McD pays it by trading for a wash out RB he didn’t need and can’t use.

  55. MK1 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:15 PM

    FIRST ROUND BUST BY THE PATS!!!!!!

  56. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 5:18 PM

    Goetta-Head says:
    September 14, 2010 4:28 PM
    Did that just up his Fantasy value? I sure hope so….
    ===========
    You drafted Laurence Maroney? Please tell me you were drunk.
    I was drunk during my fantasy draft and wound up with 8 players who have their bye in week 7.

  57. air_rodgers says: Sep 14, 2010 5:24 PM

    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut. A guy who was a collasal disappointment. How do they get teams to agree to trade with them?
    They had leverage. A few teams are looking and will snatch anything up with a hearbeat off the wires. LoMo wold have been on the wire all of 1 second. A trade was a sure thing.

  58. quadya says: Sep 14, 2010 5:25 PM

    jesus mcdaniels is an idiot….a 4th rounder for a guy taht is going to play special teams???????

  59. brian_h1 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:28 PM

    Ok, so the past is the past – let’s admit:
    …big mistake picking LM in RD1 – but it happens; let’s just hope BB doesn’t always shy away from RBs (& WRs) in RD1…just because of LM….
    then let’s move on.
    This looks like it could be a high RD4 pick from Denver – I’ll take that. It will be Mankins’ (or Light/Neal’s) replacement on the OL.
    So now we can watch Denver AND Oakland out west – and hope for 1-15 and 2-14….
    I want Robert Quinn and Cameron Hayward.

  60. Bossman says: Sep 14, 2010 5:28 PM

    Maroney has small balls. He will never amount to anything more than an oft-injured RB with big hair. Glad he’s gone!

  61. delgriffth says: Sep 14, 2010 5:31 PM

    fred taylor always looks good weeks 1 and 2 then someone farts near him and he’s ir’ed. no way bill is relying on him. it wouldnt suprise me to see bill sign whoever the broncos cut to make room for maroney. buckhalter perhaps?

  62. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 5:31 PM

    peskys_pole says:
    September 14, 2010 5:07 PM
    superius says:
    September 14, 2010 4:26 PM
    Ugh… Last time I ever buy a jersey on draft-hype alone. I deserved to get burned for buying it before he played his first NFL game.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – –
    Bigger lesson?
    If you are over the age of 12, why do you want to wear another man’s name on your back?
    =================
    Awesome post. Seriously, fanboys, stop spending a week’s worth of grocery money on jerseys. The name on the back of every NFL replica jersey sold should be “Sucker”.

  63. harloeisdead says: Sep 14, 2010 5:34 PM

    # savagenation says: September 14, 2010 4:47 PM
    ….you have a lot of questions…but then again morons usually do
    Tebow rules

    I’m so glad this is Denver’s problem now.

  64. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 14, 2010 5:35 PM

    @realityPolice: You need to have your head examined.

  65. thumper/ says: Sep 14, 2010 5:36 PM

    OK now I see, this deal was done over the weekend but they needed to wait till the first game is over… with veterans, if your on the roster during the first game and get cut later the team has to pay them for a full season.. now murrell will be back and they have 53 man roster……

  66. Bradwins says: Sep 14, 2010 5:43 PM

    1. It seems like some “football fans” are confused about the value of a 4th round pick. Saying they “gave [Maroney] away” is just dumb. A 4th round pick is valuable, especially considering BJGE beat Maroney out as the 4th RB and Maroney was either a wasted spot on the 53 (and a gameday inactive, barring injury), or he was going to be cut. This isn’t the NBA, where if you aren’t a top-10 pick you aren’t valuable. Look around the league at all the UNdrafted players that contribute regularly. A 4th round pick is valuable in the NFL.
    2. Pale face – your comment belies your ignorance. Never in the history of football has anyone traded one draft pick for a later pick in the same draft, straight-up. The Pats have more than two dozen 1st or 2nd year players on their 53-man roster, many of whom were selected in the 4th round or later or weren’t drafted at all, so I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that a fourth rounder won’t make the team.
    3. I’m not really sure how badly the Patriots regret not taking Addai. He got off to a great start and, despite being the lead back in a prolific offense, has not been great. Last year he gained about 75 yards more than Maroney and had one more touchdown, on 25 more carries.

  67. allinSTACKme says: Sep 14, 2010 5:49 PM

    realitypolice says:
    September 14, 2010 5:14 PM
    FinsUp says:
    September 14, 2010 4:37 PM
    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut. A guy who was a collasal disappointment. How do they get teams to agree to trade with them?
    ==================== ==
    You’re kidding, right? This is why head coaches love when their assistants get promoted. Loyalty may be an alien concept with players, but it’s not with coaches.
    Why do you think Belichick got so pissed at Mangini for taking the Jets job? Assistants are supposed to be forever loyal to the HC who gave them their chance. Go where they tell you, and if they have problem player on their roster, take that player off their hands whether you need them or not.
    Don’t you remember how effusive BB was in his praise of McDaniels when McD left? There’s a price to be paid, and McD pays it by trading for a wash out RB he didn’t need and can’t use.
    ===================================
    You’re kidding, right? You seriously think that a HC is going to handicap his team/future by doing favors for his former HC simply because BB gave Josh well wishes???? Get real moron

  68. turboreattore says: Sep 14, 2010 5:54 PM

    McDumbass has transformed the Broncos in a Belichick’s personal dumping ground

  69. CollegeToPros says: Sep 14, 2010 5:54 PM

    realitypolice, the only thing worse than not knowing anything, is acting like u know everything in supreme point of view.
    Maroney will have success in Denver under JMD. He just didn’t fit the Patriots system. He is not a useless player and I don’t like seeing him go as a Patriots fan. Patriots usually do great in trades, but not this one.
    And so you think BB hates mangini bc he cant use him to get rid of players for picks? Are u serious? You don’t know 25% of the story. You probably think Matt Cassel was dumped to KC too right?
    oh and as for jerseys, who the f are u to tell people what is good for them? If someone chooses to wear a jersey, good for them. How much of an ego maniac do u have to be to feel offended by wearing the last name of a player on your back?
    Get over yourself and your egotisticle views.

  70. Ace613 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:56 PM

    DAMN!!!! Can this week get any better?!?!? Pats win, Colts and Jets lose and FINALLY Maroney is gone!!!!

  71. CliveRush says: Sep 14, 2010 5:57 PM

    Good luck Lawrence, your a nice smart boy. However this is a crazy mans game. You need to be dumb enough to sacrifice your brains and body as an RB in the NFL to make it. You are too intelligent to do that.

  72. midwest says: Sep 14, 2010 5:59 PM

    Denver is an absolute mess waiting to happen.
    If you saw that game against Jacksonville, they were beaten on both sides of the ball in the trenches. They had an opportunity in this year’s draft to get some really quality offensive linemen and defensive linemen in the first round, but instead they draft a WR and a QB?
    They don’t need WRs and QBs,. Lloyd and Gaffney can play, and Orton is a more than capable QB, in fact much more capable than Tebow. They need big guys in the trenches. That is where they will get beat all year long.
    I feel sorry for Bronco fans. This deal makes no sense at all with Moreno and Buckhalter already in Denver. McDaniels is creating a serious mess.

  73. midwest says: Sep 14, 2010 6:05 PM

    As for the Pats passing on Addai…bot teams were STUPID for needing a RB and passing on Jones-Drew.

  74. jkiddrock says: Sep 14, 2010 6:12 PM

    This was the Broncos jumping on the trade before the Packers, etc. chimed in for him.
    Broncos also get a 6th rounder.
    So, the Broncos get a player they need NOW to backup Moreno & Buckhalter, and they still have a pick 65 picks later in the draft.
    Yep, the Broncos got worked on this deal.
    God, I hate Patriots fans.

  75. 8ball says: Sep 14, 2010 6:16 PM

    .
    So concludes the “maroney era” whose highlight was eliciting from a frustrated Pats fan my favorite PFT post ever:
    “It took a 75 year old Fred Taylor to demonstrate to Pats fans just how slow Maroney is to the hole. ”
    ’nuff said.
    .

  76. denverallday37 says: Sep 14, 2010 6:16 PM

    Great now not only do we have to deal with Mcdaniels first round busts from denver we gotta deal ith his past mistakes from New England too…Give me Cowher please…hell give me Zorn lol naw it aint that bad!!!

  77. 8man says: Sep 14, 2010 6:17 PM

    theycallme_iPod says:
    September 14, 2010 4:28 PM
    So, the Pats will draft a RB next year.
    Mark Ingram, can you say New England?
    ———————————————
    I speculated the same thing. And figured that is why they are stockpiling draft picks. They do have Oakland’s next year as well. And BB and Saban are tight. All the pieces fit…..
    Then again, I have no idea what the hell I’m talking about and no one can ever guess what BB is going to do.

  78. cwhitehead says: Sep 14, 2010 6:20 PM

    It would not have surprised me if it were Maroney plus New England’s 4th round pick for Denver’s 6th rounder.

  79. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 6:22 PM

    Good move for the Broncs. Maroney is only 25 and was the 21st overall pick in 2006. They give up a 4th and get back a 6th, which was pretty much what came in the deal for Smith along with Dan Gronkowski. Maroney had his moments in N.E., and the only serious injury he has had is his shoulder.

  80. jkiddrock says: Sep 14, 2010 6:22 PM

    Midwest:
    The Broncos drafted 2 OL in the first (3) rounds of the draft that STARTED on Sunday. Both drafted in particular for their size. Clady was hurt, and alternated with Batiste. (Clady is the ALL-PRO left tackle). Beadles started for Harris, who is still coming back from medical problems. (He is considered top 3-4 RT in the game).
    We haven’t seen the two big rookie WR’s yet.
    On Defense we had secondary problems in the middle, and coaching problems. The line and linebackers look big, strong, and physical against the run (kept KJD out of the endzone and just under 100 yds.)
    This team is just getting healthy. Mark my words, the AFC West is going to be sweet with the Cheifs back in the hunt as well. Save this post.

  81. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 6:24 PM

    I’m really hoping this is a prelude to Logan Mankins coming to Denver. Broncs still have an extra 2nd rounder next year from the Brandon Marshall deal. Both teams win.

  82. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 6:28 PM

    CollegeToPros says:
    September 14, 2010 5:54 PM
    realitypolice, the only thing worse than not knowing anything, is acting like u know everything in supreme point of view.
    Maroney will have success in Denver under JMD. He just didn’t fit the Patriots system. He is not a useless player and I don’t like seeing him go as a Patriots fan. Patriots usually do great in trades, but not this one.
    ===================
    So you are completely unbiased in your “analysis” of the situation despite being a Pats fan? How did he not fit in the Patriots “system”? Because their system doesn’t have a role for lazy divas?
    ===================
    And so you think BB hates mangini bc he cant use him to get rid of players for picks? Are u serious? You don’t know 25% of the story. You probably think Matt Cassel was dumped to KC too right?
    ==================
    Well, Mr. Insider, why don’t you tell us the other 75% of the story? Or, I should say, why don’t you tell us the official Patriots spin from the “Insider News Letter” or whatever they call it, that you probably pay some ridiculous amount of money to receive?
    ===================
    oh and as for jerseys, who the f are u to tell people what is good for them? If someone chooses to wear a jersey, good for them. How much of an ego maniac do u have to be to feel offended by wearing the last name of a player on your back?
    ======================
    How much of a silly fanboy do you have to be to think that wearing a $200 jersey with the name of your favorite player (who couldn’t give half a shit about you and will bolt from your team as soon as someone gives him more money) somehow proves what a great fan you are?
    =======================
    Get over yourself and your egotisticle views.
    ========================
    Get over yourself and your hilariously misspelled words that expose you for the ignorant fool that you are.
    ========================

  83. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 6:30 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    September 14, 2010 5:35 PM
    @realityPolice: You need to have your head examined.
    =====================
    Probably. But what are you referring to specifically?

  84. JoeSixPack says: Sep 14, 2010 6:37 PM

    The Maroney bashing is a bit unfair… he’s not a top tier RB but a career 4.2 YPC is something many teams would be happy to have
    This is a win for all involved. The Patriots have a decent draft pick in return – enough to allow them to turn a 3rd rounder into yet another 2nd rounder for next year (Giving them FIVE picks in the 1st TWO ROUNDS!)
    Denver has a very decent backup/change of pace RB
    … and Maroney has a chance to showcase himself on a roster where he’s not 4th on the depth chart

  85. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 14, 2010 6:39 PM

    jj jones says:
    September 14, 2010 5:04 PM
    “Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    September 14, 2010 4:21 PM
    Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But, to think that the Pats passed on Joseph Addai at Pick 21, Round 1 of the 2006 NFL draft for Laurence Maroney….”
    They also passed on Maurice Jones-Drew.
    Touché! Nice point. Jones-Drew was taken after both Maroney and Addai—in the late 2nd round of that draft, and compares favorably to both.

  86. spudz says: Sep 14, 2010 6:46 PM

    Patriots 2011 draft
    2 #1’s
    2 #2’s
    2 #4’s
    BB is building one hell of a young, ass kicking team

  87. realitypolice says: Sep 14, 2010 6:46 PM

    allinSTACKme says:
    September 14, 2010 5:49 PM
    You’re kidding, right? You seriously think that a HC is going to handicap his team/future by doing favors for his former HC simply because BB gave Josh well wishes???? Get real moron
    ==============================
    Giving up a 4th rounder next year to keep one of the most influential coaches in the league on your side is “handicapping his team”? Really?
    You couldn’t envision this conversation:
    BB: hey josh, you always got along with Laurence when you were here. I know you don’t really need him, but we really need to move him. How about a 4th next year? We’ll throw in a 6th and I won’t forget that you helped me out here.
    These types of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” deals happen all the time openly in the other 3 major sports. Why do we assume they don’t happen in the NFL, just because they don’t acknowledge it?

  88. Maki says: Sep 14, 2010 7:21 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and Maroney was a disappointment for his draft stock and wasn’t worthy of being the everyday workhorse. Still, they get an upgrade from 6th to 4th round. They’ll probably draft a guy that will end up getting cut… Now they are one injury away from being thin at RB. They should kept him on the bench.

  89. FrankZappa says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    thank god…Maroney is better suited for dancing with the stars, except for the stars part…maybe call it dancing like a jackass in the backfield while you try not to fumble

  90. OLDCRACKER says: Sep 14, 2010 8:13 PM

    Let’s see QB Quinn and RB Maroney….yep, that McDaniels is a genius!

  91. TheWizard says: Sep 14, 2010 8:16 PM

    Don’t be fooled, he’s not first round talent as it turns out, but he can crank out some yards for the Broncos.

  92. Mosi says: Sep 14, 2010 8:20 PM

    Too bad, as he was a good combo of speed and strength, but just a little too much of a pu$$y to get the job done.
    @technoboy
    He shares a “baby mama” with Jackson? Haaa. Hilarious.
    Mankins… you’re next.

  93. Cecil says: Sep 14, 2010 8:21 PM

    “If you saw that game against Jacksonville, they were beaten on both sides of the ball in the trenches. They had an opportunity in this year’s draft to get some really quality offensive linemen and defensive linemen in the first round, but instead they draft a WR and a QB?”
    If you aren’t going to watch the games, don’t comment. And if you have no idea what you are talking about re: Broncos’ draft, again, please don’t comment.
    Denver lost that game because of field position and Brandon Lloyd’s wayward foot. Not because they were physically dominated.
    It *is* funny, though, how many of you parrots just repeat the same stuff you hear from John Clayton et al, and then, when he/they bash your team, act aggrieved and aggressive.
    Also funny: Pats “fans” acting like they scored some kind of coup by giving up a former 1st rounder and a 6th for a 4th round pick.

  94. comment_submission_error says: Sep 14, 2010 8:22 PM

    # GRpatriot says:
    Bill hypnotizes opponents……..and picks thier pocket. Hey another 4th round draft pick!
    Yeah, that’s another victory for BB. As long as you don’t count the pick he spent on the guy in the first place, that is. You could also say he traded a 1st and a 6th for a 4th, but that doesn’t sound as good.

  95. superius says: Sep 14, 2010 8:26 PM

    # realitypolice says: September 14, 2010 5:31 PM
    peskys_pole says:
    September 14, 2010 5:07 PM
    superius says:
    September 14, 2010 4:26 PM
    Ugh… Last time I ever buy a jersey on draft-hype alone. I deserved to get burned for buying it before he played his first NFL game.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – –
    Bigger lesson?
    If you are over the age of 12, why do you want to wear another man’s name on your back?
    =================
    Awesome post. Seriously, fanboys, stop spending a week’s worth of grocery money on jerseys. The name on the back of every NFL replica jersey sold should be “Sucker”.
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    Meh I got no problem with it. I went to school outta town so when I watched the games with my hater school friends I had to make sure I raised a flag. Don’t live in New England now so same circumstances apply just change school to work.
    If it’s lame for me to wear a jersey with someone else’s name on it for gameday then all I can say is I’m lame. Maybe I’ll get Brady for my next jersey – it’s bound to be a classic even years after he retires. Besides I think “sucker” is probably on the NFL’s banned word list that they won’t let you use for customs.

  96. Spikes says: Sep 14, 2010 8:41 PM

    OK what’s up now for Ben J Green? He’s still sticking around for a reason. Is he ready to take on a bigger role?

  97. Drafty says: Sep 14, 2010 8:47 PM

    FinsUp says:
    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut.
    Uh, no. It doesn’t take brilliance to dupe Josh McDumbass. It just requires that you pick up the phone.
    Yet another Patriots cast-off. Pat Bowlen must genuinely want to own the worst team in football. He and his “brain trust” are on their way. A horrible plan, brilliantly executed.

  98. Ytsejamer1 says: Sep 14, 2010 8:50 PM

    I think a change of scenery would do him some good. I think he could be a very good player, but he doesn’t fit our system of mix-n-match backs. He needs to be fed the ball so he can start seeing the field in the course of a game. We’d put him in for three carries in the first series, then sit him until the fourth quarter and expect him to run like a mad man…sorry, I don’t think any decent running back would be to do that.
    If Denver gives him some carries and he’s able to get his confidence up, he could be a steal. Will he? I have serious doubts, but it’s certainly not impossible.
    Those two fourths might make for a nice trade up next year in the draft…

  99. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2010 9:13 PM

    FinsUp says: September 14, 2010 4:37 PM
    The Patriots are freaking brilliant. A 4th rounder for a guy they were about to cut. A guy who was a collasal disappointment. How do they get teams to agree to trade with them?
    ********************************************************
    Oh ya, “brilliant”.
    Their first round pick gets them a 4th, just brilliant.

  100. PirateFreedom says: Sep 14, 2010 9:42 PM

    # Ace613 says: September 14, 2010 5:56 PM
    DAMN!!!! Can this week get any better?!?!? Pats win, Colts and Jets lose and FINALLY Maroney is gone!!!!
    and the chargers lost
    and that raiders #1 pick is looker even sweeter.
    just a damn fine week

  101. Dolfan34 says: Sep 14, 2010 9:43 PM

    Not a great player. Surprised Denver would want him and give up anything of significance for this guy. Granted he was a first round bust and New England is capable of making mistakes too. Seems like McDaniels is content to run Denver into the ground.

  102. pfii63 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:01 PM

    Buh bye.

  103. LodiBroncoFan says: Sep 14, 2010 10:01 PM

    Does Josh McDaniels know how to trade for any players that wern’t in New England first?

  104. Richm2257 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:30 PM

    “Its not all on him though… run game has become an afterthought for pats now…”
    Umm, their running game became an afterthought because their first round “feature back” turned out to have no nose for the goal line. Maroney was their #1 RB after Dillon left town, and he showed very little “guts” after the injury early in his career. They had no choice but to go vertical, especially with the QB and receivers they had.
    Anyone who doesn’t see the brilliance in getting rid of Maroney in this draft-pick upgrade is a moron. They clearly had no desire for Maroney and were obviously going to cut him with zero to show for it. Now they clear his cap numbers AND move up two spots in the draft, when they would have gotten squat by releasing him.

  105. dangit says: Sep 15, 2010 12:31 AM

    The pats had little use for him. He would be perfect for “dancing with the stars”

  106. Patsfan12 says: Sep 15, 2010 2:10 AM

    Why are fans so harsh on Maroney? He was good when he wasn’t injured. Injuries happen and can take some time to get fully back. This is a sad loss but me and I’m sure other true Pats fans wish him the best of luck in Denver.

  107. Patsfan12 says: Sep 15, 2010 2:11 AM

    Why are fans so harsh on Maroney? He was good when he wasn’t injured. Injuries happen and can take some time to get fully back. This is a sad loss but me and I’m sure other true Pats fans wish him the best of luck in Denver.

  108. FaulkAnA says: Sep 15, 2010 6:34 AM

    I liked Maroney.
    Yeah man, I’ll say it.
    Laurence, I hope you do well in Denver.

  109. footballnut says: Sep 15, 2010 1:40 PM

    robert ethen says:
    September 14, 2010 6:22 PM
    Good move for the Broncs. Maroney is only 25 and was the 21st overall pick in 2006. They give up a 4th and get back a 6th, which was pretty much what came in the deal for Smith along with Dan Gronkowski. Maroney had his moments in N.E., and the only serious injury he has had is his shoulder.
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    Don’t forget about the constant sand in his vag…that’s a killer from what I hear. Might explain why he didn’t like hitting the hole hard enough.

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