Still no clues when or if Brian Waters is coming back to Pats


The short version is veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters isn’t back in New England, and no one knows when or if he will be.

The long version, as explained at length by Greg Bedard and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, is a complicated saga of money, family time and competitive edge.

This week, the Patriots took Waters’ nameplate off his locker, and gave his jersey Number 54 to to rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower. But Waters remains on the reserve/did not report list, meaning they could collect $30,000 per day fines off his $1.4 million base salary when or if he comes back.

There seems to be a sense that coach Bill Belichick was fine with Waters staying away in the offseason and training camp, back home with his family in Texas. And there was also a sense they were going to adjust his contract to the veteran minimum, plus bonuses for each week he was on the active roster.

But they thought he’d be here by now, complicating their desire to re-do his deal, at least to anything he’d agree to.

While a trade is a possibility, Waters doesn’t have a motivation to relocate if it’s not back home to Texas, and the Patriots aren’t likely to strengthen the Texans by sending a talented blocker to a team that needs help at the position.

Bedard and Young suggest this stalemate isn’t about money, or at least it wasn’t to begin with. All that’s certain at the moment is the Patriots are lacking a part they could use.

14 responses to “Still no clues when or if Brian Waters is coming back to Pats

  1. randallflagg52 says:

    I’d get off that sinking ship too


    someone who identifies with a Satanic Stephen King character doesn’t like the Patriots?

    That strikes me as a badge of honor.

    Overall you are correct though – the fact that the Patriots have only made it to the Super Bowl 5 out of the last 10 years is humiliating.

    It’d be so much easier to be a Jets fan, never really expecting to be a contender despite the guarantees of the head coach.

    As for Waters, as much as every fan and team member very much wants him back, you’ve got to give a tip of the hat of respect to a guy who is inclined to put his family first.

  2. Waters hasn’t WANTED to play for about five years. It was just a job for him. That’s why the Chiefs didn’t keep him. He is still a solid Lineman but his heart isn’t in it anymore.

  3. I disagree that the Patriots would not or should not send Waters to the Texans. If Houston were to give a 4th round pick for Waters Belichick, I think, would do that in a second. Remember this is the team that sent a borderline Hall of famer (Drew Bledsoe) to a division rival.

  4. randallflagg52 says:
    Sep 7, 2012 4:37 PM
    I’d get off that sinking ship too.

     15 69 
    That ship is still going full steam ahead!!

    Sinking in your dream!!!

    And 7-1 vs YOUR RAVENS!!!

  5. Without a good line, Brady is a sitting duck. Don’t get me wrong – all quarterbacks are sitting ducks without a good line, but Brady’s agility and pocket mobility isn’t exactly his strong suite

  6. Pondbridge – though I would like to see Waters in Dallas, there is no way he is worth a 2nd rounder. I’m thinking a fifth, sixth, or seventh.

  7. Why should Waters play for league minimum ? He’s a solid vet worth 3-4 mil yr, NE tried to get him cheap and didnt work

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